Online guitar lessons are an excellent way for self-motivated music lovers to start plucking away at six strings for a bargain price. Both casual players and jammers with serious musical aspirations can find access to the tools needed for success in the full-featured educational offerings available today. Online lessons generally feature high-resolution, well-edited instructional videos with close-ups of finger work and strumming for easy reference. Many programs also include the tablature needed to play songs in addition to video lessons demonstrating how to play the hit or timeless classic. With access to a variety of materials, students see how to play guitar, hear the music and review sheet music either on screen or as a download. This helps reinforce key concepts for long-term success.
Guitar Tricks features lesson modules that take the hand of aspiring guitar players from the start. Beginner's lessons launch with learning the parts of the guitar and other basic information before quickly moving into chords. All lessons include playing actual music instead of exercises only to keep motivation high. The site also features several advanced lesson options focused on techniques. Players can explore different guitar playing styles, such as blues, rock and country, and also review demonstrations of specific tunes. When you're just starting out, Guitar Tricks' 24 sample lessons can provide an easy overview of the learning system. After that, full video library access is $19.95 monthly. Customers who opt to pay for an annual subscription can save 25% and receive two bonus gifts focused on song building and chord theory and two sets of jam tracks for accompaniment.
Guitar e-lesson provider JamPlay also provides an annual subscription of $12.49 per month for course materials. Add-ons available include toolkits focused on technique and theory and specific playing styles. With a standard annual membership for $149.95, eager students receive access to the full video library of 6,947 lessons and your choice of three tool kits. Inside the course, you will have access to individual lessons filmed with multiple camera angles, guided practice videos with a teacher practicing alongside and interactive tabs. These tabs allow you to slow down playback as you start to learn before graduating to real-time playing. For the mid-range learner, sales can significantly lower the price of individual courses of interest, such as Learning to Lead and Secrets of Melodic Rock. A Black Friday 2019 holiday sale saw the solo course price of $49 discounted by 25% to 50%.
At Fender.com, subscribers to online lessons through Fender Play receive a 10% discount in the Fender store. It can be used to purchase gear and instruments and is for the life of your subscription. An annual plan is billed at $89.99 per year, which breaks down to $7.50 per month. By contrast, a monthly plan is $9.99. Both Fender options include free access to lessons for adjacent instruments, such as the bass guitar and ukulele. Like its competitors, Fender features beginner-centric lessons as well as more advanced lessons focused on specific techniques. The site also maintains a catalog of songs with video lessons and tablature for following along. These include new hits and popular classic tunes.