“If you want to be a rock star or just be famous, then run down the street naked, you’ll make the news or something. But if you want music to be your livelihood, then play, play, play and play! And eventually you’ll get to where you want to be.” – Eddie Van Halen
While you can’t send a text message with your guitar, you can learn to play the guitar on your smartphone. In the UK, we spend more time browsing the internet than we do sleeping.
Learning to play guitar is easier with the help of a dedicated guitar tutor. However, not everyone has the means to regularly pay for private guitar tuition.
Why not use all this time spent browsing to help you learn how to play the guitar?
There are so many different websites, blogs, and videos dedicated to learning how to play the guitar.
So how can you find them?
In this guide, we’ll tell you!
Since you have your smartphone on you at all times (even in the bathroom), perhaps you could use it for learning how to play the guitar or more about music.
With a smartphone app, you can learn to play the guitar anywhere. (Source: langll)
When learning with a private tutor, you have their undivided attention during the hour they’re teaching you. They’ll correct you when you get something wrong, like the position of your hand. However, once the lesson’s over, you’re on your own.
Your smartphone is probably always in your pocket or within reach. Guitar apps can be used for practising even when you don’t have a guitar to hand, on public transport, or on your lunch break, for example. Additionally, they can send you reminders when it’s time to practise your guitar playing.
That’s pretty good motivation, isn’t it?
They’re also an enjoyable way to learn to play the electric guitar or the acoustic guitar. It doesn’t really matter what your favourite style of music is as it’s possible to find an app that works for you, can teach you the chords you need to know, how to play a riff, how to do barre chords, or how to play a certain scale.
Here are some of the best guitar apps on the market:
It’s definitely possible to get better at playing the guitar, improve your fingerpicking, or familiarise yourself with the fretboard thanks to digital apps.
You can also learn how to play the guitar online from the comfort of your office chair in front of your computer.
You can learn to play the guitar on your own if you use the right resources. (Source: Pexels)
Whether you’re tuning your guitar, learning a pentatonic scale, playing along to a metronome, or studying music theory, you can find a website to help you with teaching yourself how to play the guitar.
A music school won’t work for every budget. Additionally, if you’re not comfortable in group classes, a private tutor might be your only option. Thus, the internet is a good alternative for those wanting to get started with playing the guitar.
If you’re motivated, there’s nothing stopping you from learning something new, such as playing the guitar, with the help of other guitarists online.
Here are some of the best guitar websites:
After that, you can start working on becoming the next Hendrix!
If you’re looking to buy a guitar, learning how to restring a guitar, or tuning your guitar, guitar blogs are a useful resource.
If you get bored of playing on your own, you could always start a band. (Source: MatanVizel)
Most consumers prefer to buy a product following a recommendation from a blog rather than from an advert. Blogs are like word of mouth but digital. If a friend tells you about a great new shampoo that’s worked wonders for them, you’re far more likely to try it than if an advert told you that.
The same is true for bloggers. If you regularly read a blog, you start to get the feeling that you know the person and you start to trust their opinion more, especially when they try out new products.
While a lot of bloggers are paid for their product reviews or given free versions of products in order to review them, they’re still free to criticise certain aspects of the product in question.
Thus, before you choose your next guitar or you’re not sure whether you want an Ibanez, Fender, or Gibson, it might be worthwhile having a look at different guitar blogs.
Here are some of the best guitar blogs around:
If you’re going to teach yourself how to play the guitar, it’s a good idea to surround yourself with other guitarists, even if you do this virtually.
Learning to play guitar is much easier with videos.
No matter what style of music you like, you can learn it with online resources. (Source: congerdesign)
You can break down a song, riff, or lick, and watch it over and over again. You can look at the guitarist’s posture, the positioning of their fingers on the frets, and see whether or not they’re using a capo, for example. Of course, your virtual teacher still needs to be a good teacher otherwise you won’t really learn anything.
There are plenty of guitar tutorials on YouTube.
Did you know that most of the population watch YouTube at least once a day and two-thirds of those who do watch it multiple times?
When it comes to guitar tutorials, there are good ones and there are bad ones. Fortunately for you, we’ve found a few of the better ones for you to check out.
It’s really easy to learn guitar songs on the internet as you learn chords, the posture you should adopt, and how to tune your guitar.
So are you ready to start learning how to play the guitar online?