4 Steps to learn guitar online for beginners and save time
Trying To learn guitar online for beginners can be a daunting journey if you don’t know where to look, or you don’t have a compass to guide you.
We are living in a time of information overload and the idea of just opening Google and typing the words learn guitar online in the search bar will not take you very far!
As a total beginner who is about to start learning guitar let me tell you that you don’t know what you don’t know.
There are many phases you will go through to learn guitar, that is if you are a serious student and want to really learn guitar, not just strum a few chords or learn a bunch of songs.
But let me assure you that it is easy to start learning guitar online and in this article I will show you the steps and guide you through it.
Step 1: Decide which guitar you will start with
I will assume that you are a total beginner who never played the guitar – or any other instruments. You need to decide what kind of guitar (or music) you want to learn.
Is there more than one kind?
We have 3 kinds of guitar – and I am not talking about the Bass guitar. There are the Classical Guitar, the Acoustic Guitar, and the Electric Guitar.
Each one of those gives a totally different sound and feeling than the other one.
Most beginners start with the classical guitar. Why? Because it cheap and doesn’t require more gadgets like the electric guitar does.
And most of the guitar teachers out there recommend the students to start with Classical Guitar anyway and there is a reason for that.
It is the strings.
The Classical Guitar has nylon strings, which is soft on the tips of the fingers. Believe me; you don’t want to start with the Acoustic Guitar in the beginning as the strings are “steel” and it will hurt your fingers.
That being said, many beginners learn guitar with the Acoustic Guitar and they are doing fine.
I myself started with the Acoustic Guitar but it was not easy for me, and I quickly switched to Classical Guitar.
Step 2: Decide which music you want to learn
What kind of music do you like?
As a beginner, you will learn basic music stuff like how to hold the guitar, how to tune the strings, basic music theory, and other things.
However, it is a good idea to know from the beginning what kind of music you want to produce after you learn the basics.
For example, do you want to play “Nothing Else Matters” or “Tears in Heaven?” Or, do you want to play the Blues? Or maybe you have a thing for Metal and hard rock.
Does it matter?
Knowing what kind of music you want to play from the beginning will determine the method and the direction you are taking.
Let me explain.
Let us assume that you like the sound of Acoustic Guitar and you want to play fingerstyle blues, or Acoustic Rock songs (for example songs like More Than Words, Every Rose Has Its Thorn).
If you start with the Acoustic Guitar method and you learn chords, different kinds of strumming, basic finger style then you are on the right track.
However, if you start with the Classical Guitar method and you are learning how to read standard sheet music, music theory, scales, and playing Carcassi and Carulli studies then you are learning guitar but you are away from your goal.
There is nothing wrong with starting with the Classical Guitar method, in fact, I think it’s the best way to start learning guitar for beginners.
But because we are humans and there is a tendency to get bored very quickly if we don’t see (or hear) what we want in a few months, chances are you are going to quit learning and look for some other hobby.
The point is you can decide from the beginning which direction you want to go and choose your method accordingly, believe me, it will save you a lot of time and frustration.
Step 3: Do not learn from YouTube
Let me say it loud and clear:
YouTube is great for people who know how to play guitar, and it is a horrible place to learn guitar online for beginners.
There are millions of tutorials and teachers there and it will impossible for you to follow one course.
Besides, most of the videos on YouTube are just part of larger courses so it is just a preview to get you to sign up for the complete course.
So why don’t you go straight for the full course?
Which takes us to the next step.
Step 4: Learn from complete course
One of the worst thing that could happen to you during your learning is that suddenly you ran out of lessons!
Don’t let that happen to you.
Many wonderful complete courses out there teach you guitar in a systematic way. This article is not about listing the best 10 courses to learn guitar online for beginners!
Maybe I will write one in the future.
The point is you need to look for a curriculum before you buy the course. Don’t take anything for granted, ask questions and look for the course outline.
If it does not have one then I strongly recommend that you do not buy it, period.
Here in Classical Guitar Essentials, ALL the courses have an outline and a complete method that takes you step-by-step toward your goal, whether it is a Classical or Acoustic guitar path.
You can start your first course here.
You can learn guitar online if you are a beginner, it is much easier now than ever if you have a passion for guitar and are willing to put in the effort.
Choosing your guitar, the kind of music you want to learn, and above all choosing the method you will spend the next few months learning from is a key to jumpstart your learning process, and not feeling lost or discouraged.
I hope you find this article useful if so please leave a comment or ask me a question and I promise to reply as soon as possible.