Before trying to answer if online guitar courses are worth it, let’s ask a few related questions:
Getting you from where you are now to where you want to get to
Are online guitar courses worth it? put quite simply, it’s a journey. As George Harrison said, “it’s a long and winding road” but I’ll add in ‘peppered equally with those elusive light-bulb moments and downright frustrations’. Be under no illusions – it’s absolutely worth it.
You’ll need a compass and way-points to make sure you get there. This where is where courses/lessons (from professionals) come into play – sure, you could wander around by yourself and you might get there eventually but it will take longer and I’m not sure what state you’ll be in when you do. With your journey you cannot simply just punch in a destination into the SatNav – you’re creating your own map and training your mind and body as you go.
Initial courses give you the correct set-up and the basics for playing songs but the tone won’t be quite right and they’ll feel clunky. You may then look at other courses to address techniques and look into why and how things actually work (theory). At some point you’ll find a genre or style that you’d like to focus on – yet more study! And so on. We should all go at our own pace but if we practice correctly we waste less time.
There’s no doubt in my mind that actually sitting down with a pro tutor (either as one-to-one or part of a group) is the best method. Proximity means that the tutor can spot the real problems we’re having (not just what we think they are) and we can get very accurate and personal guidance. Add in the ‘nice’ pressure of playing in front of someone really makes a positive difference. I mentioned pro tutor – a fantastic player doesn’t always necessarily make for a fantastic teacher; watching a tuition YouTube video or DVD course generally means that the onus is on us to pick up the nuances and subtleties that make all the difference to our playing.
Live online group courses
While we’re in the middle of a pandemic it’s obviously not possible to sit down in the same room with a tutor for lessons. You have probably already worked through some DVD or online tutorials and some YouTube ‘how-tos’ – probably with mixed success. But have you tried live, group online lessons yet? We think this is the best mix as you can:
Everyone learns in different ways and at different paces. The above describes our approach to teaching online – live and group!
So, are online guitar courses worth it? yes, but:
The guitar can be a lifelong friend – stick with it.