This is a question that arises a lot not just on Superprof but also online, especially regarding hobbies. People want to know before they part with their hard-earned cash, whether it's worth paying for lessons or they can get the same quality, just as easily and as quickly without paying for it, for free.
In this article, we are going to investigate just that, so you don't have to.
"Price is what you pay. Value is what you get."
- Warren Buffett
How Long Does it Take to Learn to Play the Guitar?
Before we can compare prices and free versus paid lessons. We have to know exactly what we mean by learning the guitar. To become proficient as I know the basics of the seven essential chords and how to play them with confidence. That is what is known as becoming an intermediate guitar player.
You'll need to spend anywhere from half an hour to an hour going over chords, looking at some technique, and playing your favourite song or two, at least 3 to 5 days a week and you’ll be on your way to intermediate level.
If you want to practice for an hour or more per day, split that time up into 20 or 30-minute sessions for the best results. Shorter practise sessions are a better idea because practising the guitar requires a lot of focus and we can only focus for a limited time before our mind starts to wander or become tired.
You have to remember, everything that was mentioned above is in addition to your lessons.
"Sometimes you want to give up the guitar, you'll hate the guitar. But if you stick with it, you're gonna be rewarded."
- Jimi Hendrix
Let's Talk About JamPlay
It wouldn't be right to start this article without talking about JamPlay. JamPlay is the one online guitar lesson Guru shall we say that everyone knows about. But are they worth it?
Well, having dived into the Internet, my research gives them a solid 4.5/5
There is very little negativity out there when it comes to JamPlay. The only thing, and it is the only thing I have come across that some people do say is a downside to JamPlay. Before you sign up and pay, you need to know your basics and this is your very basics, things such as how to hold a guitar, how to strum and the names of the different parts of your guitar, before signing up.
All that being said, JamPlay is very competitively priced, and they offer large discounts. JamPlay doesn't just stop with beginner lessons in fact they cover all levels of guitar players and they challenged people who have been playing for years to continue learning different techniques and styles.
JamPlay is an excellent online resource for guitarists of any skill level. JamPlay offers professional lesson plans, they provide over 450 courses, and they've taught over 9000 classes from expert teachers.
One of the things I like most about this website is it doesn't just provide lessons available for "beginners in general" it has a course for kids lessons and then a course for beginners as an adult or mature students.
Overall it seems to be a good investment for guitarists looking to challenge themselves and learn new skills.
COST $20 per month which is about €19
YouTube has something for every type of guitar student. Guitar videos are pre-recorded so they’re accessible at all times and there’s no limit to how many you can watch, making them another excellent option for beginners.
The 3 YouTubers mentioned below start lessons from the very beginning:
- TheGuitarLesson.com - Created by Tom Fontana, this YouTube channel and website is dedicated to bringing quality guitar tutorials to beginner guitarists. Through creating fun and engaging guitar lessons, we aim to spread our love of the guitar to as many new players as possible.
- Andy Guitar - This is a guitar and ukulele YouTube channel, that provides lessons and song tutorials aimed at beginner to intermediate level players.
- rockongoodpeople - This channel has great guitar and bass lessons available. They teach all levels as well as all genres of music. Whether it's acoustic or electric they have something for everyone.
Free Guitar Lessons Apps
As is the case with everything in life, when it comes to finding free guitar lessons, there’s an app for that, too!
Turn to software such as:
- The Gibson App
- Fender Play
These are just the most popular apps right now but there is always a newer fresher, better app about to come out so I'd always recommend keeping your eyes peeled.
Superprof Guitar Lessons
Guitar Lessons start on Superprof from just €15 per lesson and in most cases the first lesson is free! Ireland has hundreds of experienced music/guitar tutors across the country. With Superprof’s location feature, you’ll be able to find all the teachers near to you and decide whether you want to take lessons in person or online.
With Superprof, you can let a private tutor help broaden your horizons and develop your knowledge and skills in Guitar.
Best Acoustic and Semi (electro) Acoustic Guitars for Beginners
The acoustic guitar is the most popular and widely used all over the world. It has a hollow body that creates a deep and loud sound. Thousands, if not millions, of artists, play the acoustic guitar.
- Fender FA-115 Dreadnought - Acoustic Guitar
- The dreadnought guitar has a good shape for beginners to start with, and it is also a very balanced guitar type with easy size.
- This guitar creates a great sound and is one of the best quality and value, budget acoustic guitars on the market coming in at just €123.
- Yamaha F310 - Acoustic Guitar
- Yamaha has built this guitar with beginners in mind, so the neck is nice and slim, with a comfy rounded profile.
- This is a top-quality guitar, with a great sound for all guitar players, at an affordable price of just €145
- Fender Redondo Player - Electro (Semi) Acoustic Guitar
- Fender Redondo Player is easily one of the best and most affordable mid-level acoustic guitars offered by Fender which makes it a decent choice for all-level players.
- As mentioned it is a mid-level guitar, and with it comes a mid-range price tag, coming in at around €310 it's not on the cheaper end of the scale. However, it is worth making the investment if you plan on committing to the guitar long term especially if you need to be plugging it into an amp.
- Yamaha FX370C - Electro (Semi) Acoustic Guitar
- This Semi-acoustic guitar provides great sound and playing ease. It is ideal for beginner level players, who want quality, reliable instruments.
- At around €330 the price is average for this type of guitar.
At the end of the day, it's whatever your budget will allow for. Just remember to keep practising those songs and chords, don't give up when it seems hard and always take regular breaks!
Whatever guitar you get and lessons you take at Superprof we wish you the best of luck!
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