The 6(ish) Second Summary:
Contrary to this article, I’ll say that — quite honestly — nothing compares to having in-person lessons with a good guitar teacher. By regularly meeting, you’re held accountable to practice for the next lesson, you can absorb with more of your senses at close quarter how a guitar should be played, and you’ll receive immediate feedback on your playing.
However! It comes at the price of time and money. All the benefits from in-person lessons aren’t worth much if you lack the time to meet with your teacher, on a weekly, for the next 6-12 months; if you stop 3 lessons & weeks in, it’ll have been a bit of a waste. Also, in-person lessons tend to be pricy, with lessons costing, usually $35-$50 per meeting, which can be around $200 of extra monthly expenses.
That’s why, especially in this remote world, you can learn guitar from home with online learning platforms like Guitar Tricks & JamPlay. They help you with 2 of the 3 critical learning pillars: setting goals, and providing a roadmap (aka, hundreds of video lessons and supplementary materials). You’ve only got to fill in the final 1/3 pillar, that being diligent practice, by being self-motivated. If this learning pathway interests you, keep reading because this article will dive into more details!
Learning the guitar is meant to be a fun and rewarding experience.
But for many guys in their 40s, 50s, and 60s, traditional learning methods and classes just don’t cut it.
So what if I told you I found a simple and, most importantly, fun way to learn the guitar right from the comfort of my home?
Forget about weekly guitar lessons with a local teacher or complex theory books:
Here’s how I (and countless other guys just like me and you) learned to play the guitar from home.
Best of all, you can do it too.
How I Learned Guitar From Home In Just 4 Weeks
Hi, I’m Reggie, a 62 year-old retired foreman with a love for the guitar.
I got my first 6-string when I was 12 and have held onto it ever since.
While I managed to play pretty well in college, the old axe quickly started gathering dust as my studies and career became a priority.
Every now and then I’d pick her up, strum a few chords and tell myself that I’d finally take the time to learn.
But it just never happened.
First it was college and exams, then it was work and my family.
But since I’ve retired, that all changed:
Finally I’d run out of excuses to keep me from playing and practicing.
With no job on the line and the kids in college, I finally had all the time in the world to learn the guitar.
So, I went into the garage, dusted off my old axe and brought her into the house
That same night my wife catches me stumbling my way through an old song I learned in college, and the next day she brought home a flyer advertising guitar lessons she’d picked up while running errands in town.
So, I called the number on the flyer and booked my first lesson for that very same evening.
Today, I have the guitar skills to play all of my favorite songs and even jam along with some of my friends too.
And while I still had a few tricks under my sleeve from when I was in college, I learned majority of what I know today in just 4 short weeks.
But guess what?
It wasn’t thanks to the lessons…
Why I’m Never Going Back To Traditional Guitar Teachers
Mr Nielson was my first and very last guitar teacher.
And don’t get me wrong, I don’t mean to give guitar teachers a hard time.
This guy was very friendly, but the lessons just weren’t for me.
Mr Nielson was about 35 and had been playing guitar and piano his entire life.
He’d even written his own songs and compositions.
But, regardless of how well he played, I couldn’t absorb what he was trying to teach me.
The lessons moved fast and I struggled to absorb and understand the information, let alone keep up with Mr Nielson and his fast-paced way of teaching.
By the time I got home, I was already frustrated.
Here I was thinking I could finally make up for lost time and use my hard-earned retirement to learn to play the instrument I’ve treasured my whole life.
Instead, I felt like learning the guitar was way beyond me.
When I walked through the front door, my wife greeted me eagerly:
“So, how did the guitar lesson go,” she asked excitedly.
“Ok, I guess,” I replied, trying my best not to trump her spirits.
I quickly walked out to the garage and plopped the guitar down where I’d found it only a day earlier.
But I wasn’t ready to give up just yet:
Maybe Mr Nielson just wasn’t the right teacher for me.
At one of our Sunday night dinners, I told the family I’m going to get lessons from a real guitar “expert.”
The kids stared at me like I was from outer space:
“Why don’t you just go online? Everyone learns everything online these days,” they replied.
And so I did.
Google And Youtube: The Ultimate Disappointment
I’m an old-school guy but I’m no stranger to the internet.
That night I fired up my computer and Googled “how to learn the guitar.”
Within less than a second I was bombarded with information:
From video tutorials to blog posts, images, and much more, I thought I’d struck gold.
I remember staring at the screen and thinking:
“This is it. I am finally going to learn to play the guitar.”
But that was far from the truth:
Within a few days learning online, I was back to square one.
While the Internet is packed with all kinds of guitar learning material, trying to put it all together is a nightmare.
I’m a practical guy and I quickly found that the information I found via Google and Youtube lacked the structure I needed.
So, the guitar went back into its case and found a new home at the bottom of my closet, where it stayed for a few weeks.
Then one night at dinner, one of my kids asks:
“How’s it going with the guitar, Dad?”
And so I told them.
I told them how I excited I was by the seemingly endless amount of material I found online, only to find that I couldn’t make sense of it all (much like Mr Nielson’s lessons).
Sensing my frustrations, my kids offered to help me out…
That night we fired up the computer again and, within about 30 minutes, found the one tool that got me to where I am today.
Enter JamPlay, The Ultimate Guitar Learning Tool
That night, my kids and I discovered JamPlay, the site which gave me everything I needed to learn the guitar in just 4 weeks.
Not only did I get all the information I ever wanted, but it was all presented in a simple, concise format that was easy for me to understand.
Best of all, I didn’t even have to leave the house to learn.
Here are some of the benefits I found learning the guitar from home using JamPlay.
- Well-Structured, Easy-To-Follow Lessons
One of the biggest challenges I found with Mr Nielson’s lessons was keeping track of the material.
While I’ve played the guitar on and off my entire life, I still needed to move pretty slowly when I started playing again.
For me, Mr Nielson’s lessons moved much too fast and I could hardly get my head around one idea before we already moved on to the next.
Meanwhile, the material I found via Google and Youtube was all over the place and I struggled to connect the dots.
What Mr Nielson and Google & Youtube lacked in simplicity and structure, JamPlay made up for in a straightforward tool that even an old-timer like me could learn to use in minutes.
First of all, I could pause and repeat lessons as much as I needed, moving on only when I felt comfortable to do so.
This made for a super relaxing learning environment where I didn’t feel pressured if I didn’t get something right away.
Secondly, all the lessons were structured and presented in a way that made it easy for me to see how each new lesson and skill fit together.
- A Buzzing Community And Passionate Teachers
One of the first things that put me off online learning was the solidarity.
If I struggled with a certain concept or lesson, it was really hard to find where to turn to for help.
With JamPlay, that’s not an issue.
Using the JamPlay Community feature, I can interact with thousands of other players just like me, as well as the teachers I see on the screen.
Whether it’s via the countless forums, the private messaging system, or the 24/7 live chat, I’m never short of options when I feel stuck or lost.
Learning a new skill is always difficult, but knowing I have a vibrant, active, and supportive community to turn to for help is really encouraging.
Plus, all the teachers on JamPlay are extremely passionate and professional.
Forget all the stigma about taking guitar lessons from some college kid in a share house or basement:
With JamPlay you get professional lessons from qualified, easy-going teachers with a passion for what they do.
- It’s Actually Fun!
When I first decided to learn the guitar again, all I could think about was how much fun I had playing in college.
But when I joined Mr Nielson or tried to learn using Google and Youtube, all I felt was frustration.
Thanks to JamPlay, I’m actually enjoying playing the guitar again. Check out these awesome lesson video screenshots:
With its well-structured lessons and passionate community of teachers and members, JamPlay leaves me itching to play and practice on a daily basis.
Join Me And Learn The Guitar From Home In Just 4 Weeks
At the beginning of this post, I bragged about learning the guitar in just 4 weeks.
While I played a bit when I was younger, I pretty much started from scratch when I joined JamPlay.
And while I still have plenty to learn, I can play all of my favourite songs and even jam with some of my friends.
And so can you.
If you don’t take my word for it, try it out for yourself:
For a limited time you can try JamPlay for free using a free trial.
Just click the button below to get started.