Remember when you started guitar? I remember my first few months. It seemed like I made massive progress almost daily. Nearly every time I picked it up, I was learning a new technique, chord, or riff. It was magical. There was so much there, just waiting to be discovered.
But over time I started to notice I was making less and less progress. And I became painfully aware of the difference between how well I wanted to play… and how well I actually played.
I grew more and more frustrated at my clumsy fingers, buzzing strings, and dead notes. It seemed like no matter how much I practiced and played, I wasn’t there yet. I wasn’t any good.
I felt bad so about my guitar playing. Started to question whether I was cut out for guitar. Started losing motivation to pick it up and play every day. Then I’d go a few days without playing. Then a week.
I would feel so guilty for not practicing. Guitar is my passion. It’s a part of me. Not moving forward was killing me.
What Was The Problem?
The problem was, looking back, that I didn’t know what to practice. And I wasn’t following any kind of structured plan. Yeah I could strum some tunes but I wanted to get into more advanced styles with fingerpicking and also blues.
I just didn’t know where to start.
I tried a guitar teacher. It lasted about 3 weeks. I had time to practice during the week so that wasn’t a problem. But I would end up having a question and would have to wait until my next lesson to get an answer. Even a few days seemed like an eternity to wait for just a simple answer.
So in the meantime I’d end up on YouTube learning licks and riffs. Or just playing the same old crap I already know. Back in the same boat. Not making progress but now I’m paying $80 a month! And a 30 minute lesson goes by fast let me tell you!
It just wasn’t working for me.
My Search Began…
I’d heard about various websites and apps that help you learn guitar. What I liked about this concept was that I could use them at home. Take lessons when I wanted. And I’d heard that some of these programs were interactive. Meaning I could get answers to questions instantaneously. So I decided to start checking into them.
I tried apps on my iPad and 4 separate online guitar lessons websites. All of them were confusing, jumbled messes. Probably the most frustrating thing about these programs is that they assume you know where everything is.
They leave you to hunt and peck. And the quality of videos were hit or miss. Not to mention the amount of blathering you have to suffer through from the teachers! Not much better than YouTube!
After months of playing around, I was back at square one.
Still not making progress.
Then I came across a program that seemed too good to be true. I joined up and started going through the lessons. It was completely different than anything else I’d tried.
Using the site was as easy as brushing your teeth. The lessons are laid out in such a way that you always know where to go. There’s a built in progress tracker. This is huge. I felt as though I could see progress again.
In just a few short months I could see vast improvement in my playing. I was tackling songs I’d never dreamed I would be able to play. And simple things like chord changes, strumming in time, and even barre chords were no longer roadblocks for me. My wife even noticed the difference and mentioned it!
What Happened Next…
I stayed with this program and moved onto fingerpicking and my obsession, the blues. There are full step-by-step courses and practice routines for just about any genre. It’s great always knowing what I need to work on and when I can move on to the next lesson. I never got that anywhere else.
I used to be too self-conscious to play at music stores when trying out gear. Now I’m not shy at all. I’ve even played some open mic nights at the local club and had a blast. I met some musicians there and we’ve been jamming on the weekends.
I can’t believe how much I’d been missing!
Before I tell you what the name of this program is, I want to get a few things out of the way:
- This thing uses real songs as part of the curriculum. All the other sites lack this. I can only assume the licensing for the songs is too cost-prohibitive. Also, the songs used lean towards the classic side. If you’re a boomer like me, you’ll love it. Kids love these classic songs too. However, heavy metal types might not be as excited.
- The key here, and why this program is so different, is because they mix learning songs in as you learn the fundamentals. So at the end of a stretch, you’ll have something to show for your hard work. It really builds inertia unlike anything else I’ve tried.
- Some people would rather learn rote theory. This program saves that until much later in your guitar journey. I loved that and it’s part of what kept me so engaged.
- The other thing is, the lessons are short. Each one focuses on a specific task that you must learn and master. There are no hour-long videos with excessive information. Me personally, I liked the short videos and found it much easier to follow.
The best thing to do is to try this program out and see for yourself. I’ve linked below to a short video that explains everything. I hope you too can start making progress again …and play guitar with confidence like you’ve always wanted.