As the Internet grows, more people are coming up with ingenious ways to create and cultivate online educational tools. This is true for music lessons as well. In the past, if someone wanted to learn how to play guitar, he or she were limited to personal lessons, videos and books. If beginning guitarists wanted to learn how to play a complex song, they had to listen to the song on CD or tape at normal speed, rewinding it over and over again to learn that blistering solo or extra-notey riff.
Now some websites allow players to isolate a guitar track, section off a particularly hard part, slow it down and loop it. Other sites feature videos with up-close views of songs being played by the artists who wrote them. This list investigates the 10 Best Websites for Learning Guitar.
Shred Academy is the only one of our 10 Best Websites for Learning Guitar that is fully dedicated to heavy metal guitar. It features loads of videos on different metal techniques, such as advanced pentatonics, two-handed tapping, arpeggios sweeps, and much more. Shred Academy also offers videos on how to restring a guitar with a Floyd Rose tremolo system and provides question and answer sessions to give viewers a chance to weigh in and get information on specific topics. On top of all of this, the site also features VIP instructors that are experts on all things heavy metal. See a video on how to shred like Paul Gilbert below.
Music Radar is a website that includes tips and lessons for people interested in learning how to play guitar. The site's YouTube channel has tons of videos showing how to play music in a variety of genres, with a number of top rockers contributing tips or discussing their various gear choices. In addition to guitar lessons, the website also provides insight into playing other instruments such as drums and keyboards. Some of Music Radar's recent videos have featured gear talk and tips from Frank Turner, the Winery Dogs' Billy Sheehan and Testament's Alex Skolnick among others. Watch Turner's lesson below.
Dolphin Street is another expansive YouTube channel that offers a huge assortment of educational videos. This site's videos focus more on music theory, covering subjects like major and minor scales and improvisations. It also has fun and easy songs that children can learn and play along with. Dolphin Street also shows different gear reviews to give viewers a chance to learn what different types of guitars and amps sound like. Check out a run-through of how to play a Jimi Hendrix symmetrical blues lick below.
One of the coolest entries in the 10 Best Websites for Learning Guitar is Jammit. This site features songs from some of the world's most popular bands, allowing site members to play along with everyone from Judas Priest to Dream Theater. The songs are made up of the original master tracks, and users can isolate each part of the song or even slow it down and loop it. This makes learning those solos much easier. There's even a Line 6 device, called the 'Sonic Port,' that lets users plug straight in and sound just like the original guitarists. See a demo of how Jammit works with Judas Priest's 'Love Bites' below.
Justin Guitar is another free website dedicated to educating people on the art of playing guitar. The site's founder adds three new lessons each week. The website also features a section where users can download pages that let them create their own tablature, chord books and more. There are also exclusive video interviews with various guitar legends, such as Steve Vai. The website also has guides on aural training, buying gear and even recording. Justin Guitar is free for everyone, but it does accept donations, which keeps the site running. Watch one of Justin's demos on Rage Against the Machine's 'Killing in the Name' below.
YouTube is one of the best places to find help with learning to play guitar. And Bobby Crispy has one of the best YouTube channels available for aspiring guitar players. His videos even include tablature to make learning the songs easier. He covers a ton of different songs, including heavy metal classics such as Metallica's 'Master of Puppets' and 'Fade to Black.' He also shows how to play classic tunes, including an entire host of Beatles songs. He even goes over the Star Wars theme. His massively extensive YouTube channel is broken up into different sections to make it easy for people to find exactly what they want to learn. Take a look at a Bobby Crispy lesson on Metallica's 'Fade to Black' below.
Guitar Lessons has one of the largest collection of instructional videos available online. And the best part is that they're all free to view. The beginners section covers the most basic techniques, starting with how to hold the guitar. It goes on from there with lessons on how to tune the guitar by ear and how to tune the guitar using a pedal. It also includes lessons on chords and scales, as well as different musical genres. But they also have lessons that cater to more advanced guitarists, as well. The website even includes jam tracks that give people the ability to play along with drums or with a full band. Watch a metal guitar riff lesson below.
Guitar World has been helping guitarists learn songs for many years now. They've always featured lessons and tablature in their magazine. Now they also have video play-through lessons on their YouTube channel. The videos feature close-up views of famous guitarists playing their songs. It's a great way for guitarists to know for sure that they're learning their favorite songs the correct way. Guitar World's YouTube channel also includes lessons on music theory and techniques. Watch a Steel Panther lesson from guitarist Satchel below.
Jamplay certainly deserves a spot on the list of top ten websites for learning to play guitar. It features thousands of hours of video lessons covering all manner of genres. Videos show close-up views of instructors playing songs and lessons. Jamplay has a long list of celebrity instructors, including Steve Stevens of Billy Idol's band, Mike Mushok of Staind, Travis Miguel of Atreyu, and Nick Cantanese of Black Label Society. Jamplay also offers live chats with instructors, giving aspiring players the chance to get answers to specific questions they have. Watch a feature on Daath's Emil Werstler.
ArtistWorks Guitar Campus
ArtistWorks offers lessons on a wide variety of musical skills, from vocals to bass to drums and is must for the 10 Best Websites for Learning Guitar. Within their Guitar Campus, they cover a swath of musical styles, including bluegrass, metal, flat-picking and dobro. They have six accomplished instructors who offer video lessons, including shredding legend Paul Gilbert. This is the site for those who not only want to learn to shred, but want to broaden their musical horizons with many different types of music. Watch Gilbert's pitch for his online lessons below.