I can’t help feeling a little bit of regret over the fact I never learned to play guitar when I first started. Wish I hadn’t been so shy and lacking confidence that I didn’t use my friends to help but I just couldn’t even try to play in front of anyone. I so wish the Internet had been around way back then.

Today, even if you don’t like playing or trying in front of others you can learned to play like a pro using the Internet. You should definitely take a look at Jamorama.com and JamPlay.com to see what they have to offer you. I love them both.

However, if money is huge issue as it is with many today, mostly due to the economic turmoil we have to deal with these days, then I would suggest you seek out the free training available. It will take more time learning but if time isn’t a factor you’ll do great.

Using YouTube To Learn To Play Guitar

I’ve probably said this a hundred times already but Youtube is my home away from home. I spend so much time on Youtube learning how to play guitar songs that would take me too long to figure out on my own.

But that’s not the only reason I frequent Youtube. I also love the fact I can find so many riffs, licks and scales to learn and practice that it can be hard to get back to my work from home online business. Well okay, part of my business is sharing articles, videos and how to play guitar tips but it’s only a fraction of my business. So I have to leave Youtube periodically to do other things.

Start With Basic Guitar Scales

I use guitar scales to help me improve my playing and to increase speed. Guitar scales also help me to use more of the fret board when playing, although I’m still pretty slow compared to a few of my guitar jam buddies.

Let’s start with a video by Peter Vogl. I like it when there is a link to a page that will give the tablature of what I’m learning so I can have it in front of me to keep my mind focused until I have the chart or tab memorized. Here is a beginner lesson from Peter. Oh and I better include the link to the Basic Scale tablature.

To get really good you will wan to learn to go forward and backward with the guitar scales you are learning and practice until you can do this without errors and you’ll get faster and faster as you continue practicing. Kinda like most things in life.

I doesn’t matter if you are using an acoustic guitar like my Yamaha or an acoustic electric like Peter is using or even an electric like my friend Peggy uses, it’s all about the practicing.

playing yamaha acoustic guitar
I let my son cut my hair. Do I look like a rock star now??

If you’re human it’s likely you have to learn things from the basic level first. We aren’t born with all the knowledge and skills we will need through life and that comes to learning to play guitar. Yes, some seem to be born with specific talents and seem like they’ve known since birth, but that’s rare.

I am one who has to struggle and work hard to learn pretty anything in life. Nothing seems to come easy but I have interest and desire which helps me through the learning curve. Learning to play acoustic guitar didn’t come easy at all.

I tried to learn from others many years ago, before the Internet, but was too shy and soon gave up. Well I quit really and didn’t bother with it again for more than 20 years. That’s when the Internet became available to me.

Learned How To Play Guitar Online

In those years of NOT learning guitar I did learn about computers and became a computer instructor. Long story short I met two students who played guitar and my interest was active again. Another student traded a guitar for a computer scanner. So I got a Yamaha acoustic guitar for about $40.

Between my two new guitar playing friends, one country, the other rock, along with the Internet and I learned how to play guitar. I found tons of great beginner stuff online and learned many songs from my past as well as new songs. It was so exciting.

It didn’t take me long, with all the resources, to catch up to their level of playing but I didn’t want to stop there and found a couple of paid guitar learning sites which have helped me to move from beginner to intermediate. I hope to continue and move into the advanced levels.

It takes me a little longer than most as I’m 59 and only started learning when I was 47.

The places I would recommend for learning how to play guitar, acoustic or electric are Jamorama.com or JamPlay.com.

But for the beginner, if money is an issue like it was for me when I started, don’t miss up the learning opportunities on Youtube. I use Youtube almost daily to learn new things like cool licks, riffs and songs.

Using Youtube To Learn To Play Guitar

Money has been an issue for me for many years as I’m not an educated man and for that reason have had a lot of jobs that didn’t pay too well and kept us on a tight budget. So I feel for those who live pay check to pay check.

Jamorama.com or JamPlay.com would be my first choice for learning to play guitar today as I learned a lot of bad habits from friends and free lessons online, however I still learned a lot and eventually learned about and broke the bad habits.

For me it’s a daily thing to go to Youtube and look up a song I want to learn that’s on the radio right now. When I am looking I always add acoustic guitar to the search term plus the word cover. So a search on Youtube might look something like:

something bout a truck cover acoustic guitar

The song is ‘something bout a truck’ I want someone who is playing it as cover tune and I like to add ‘acoustic guitar’ because then I can see their finger action. Just that simple and usually I find what I’m looking for. Then it just a matter of finding the person that does it the best.

playing-acoustic-guitarThe impact of the Internet has on the lives of humans in this generation is tremendous. Its impact is primarily attributed to its beneficial uses to users.

The Internet transmits information fast and can be used as a source of self-help resources. Many feel empowered by the way we can learn online today. There is no need to spend money if one wants to learn guitar online because it can be learned for free.

It’s so easy to find websites that offer free guitar lessons. To learn guitar online, one only needs a computer with an internet connection to access search engines like Google to easily locate free guitar tutorials.

YouTube videos is one of the most popular ways people learn how to play guitar today. I use the Internet to access Youtube at least once or twice every single day. I may miss a few days but that’s because I’m out fishing or doing something that keeps me away from my computer.

I’m not the only one using Youtube. There are thousands of people who use YouTube and there are also thousands of tutorial videos on how to play the guitar. There are videos that can teach the chords of some simple and easy to play but popular songs. Videos that focus on fundamentals of guitar playing is great for beginners.

You’ll even learn the correct way of holding your guitar; picking specific strings, plucking and strumming methods; deciphering chord charts, looking for right songs for practice. There is just so much you can learn for free on Youtube, guitar lessons are just one topic.

Learning guitar online have positive as well negative elements. Learning using online resources allows one to conveniently schedule at one’s preferred time. It can be scheduled when it suits the learner. As long as one is online, practice is doable anytime and anywhere.

Part of the Internet’s allure is the free aspect. Aside from , learning online entails no cost. The guitar enthusiast gets  the freedom that online lessons give in terms of choosing where and when to play. Through online lessons, personal curiosity can be satisfied by exploring at one’s own convenience.

The only downside of self-learning is the lack of motivation coming from another being. There are no tension nor rectifications, no appreciation and no merits. There is no one to improve your weaknesses.

This is a generation of empowerment; to learn anytime and anything without any cost. What one needs is a guitar, an internet connection and lots of patience, determination and motivation. Learn guitar online, it is free and fun learning.

playing guitarI have certainly found learning to play guitar to be a lot of fun and very rewarding but I have to admit it can also be quite frustrating at times.

It took me a while but I learned a number of songs I really like which give me something to practice when I hit those frustrating points in learning how to play guitar faster and better. This allows me to decrease my stress level before returning to the lessons I’m on.

I heard about learning scales, pentatonic scales, which meant nothing at all to me at the time. But my Jamorama guitar lessons have helped me learn some and I have noticed my speed and accuracy are improving greatly.

Just in the last month I’ve noticed I am floating over the fret board instead of pressing each note with a death grip. This has allowed me to speed up my guitar playing for a much richer sound. It’s changed how I play and has made it even more exciting.

Let’s look at a couple of Youtube videos that show you how to play pentatonic scales on your guitar. I choose acoustic guitar lessons because they don’t go quite as wild as they tend to do on the electric guitar lessons.

Guitar Lesson – Pentatonic Scale Pattern One


This is the first scale I learned and probably practice it at least once every day

Excellent exercise you can do at any point along your fret board.

Guitar Lesson – Pentatonic Scale – Blues

I love the sound of blues although I mostly play country or rock so I have been learning I have been practicing the blues pentatonic scale from Marty Schwartz. He tends to talk a lot but then again I love to talk a lot about the things I love as well. Here’s a video showing you the blues pentatonic scale.

Practice, practice, practice and enjoy.

Learn Guitar Free Lessons Courtesy Of The Internet

learn to play guitarIn the world we live in today it sometimes shocks us to find some things are still free and without a catch, but it’s true. On of those things is getting free guitar lessons or ecourses online and even songs with guitar chords for you to learn right at home.

I’m just about 60 and didn’t actually learn to play acoustic guitar until I was 47 years old. I tried learning how to play guitar back in the mid 70s and didn’t succeed. I ended up giving up and giving away my guitar and books. I even hired a guy to come to my house to teach me but he just wasn’t a people person and shouldn’t have been trying to teach. I kicked his sorry ass out the door after just three lessons.

It wasn’t until 20 years later when the Internet was available to me that I started finding more and more sites about learning to play guitar and a lot of free guitar related sites. Then along came Youtube and my interest in learning to play acoustic guitar returned like a tidal wave.

The Freedom of Free Guitar Lessons

jamorama-125x125I have a membership with Jamorama.com so I can learn more and more but prior to that I learned most of what I know because of the free content, including videos, I found online. Youtube is by far my favourite site for both learning and sharing about how to play guitar as a beginner all the way to advanced.

The only downside to using the net for free content is that it’s scattered all over the place meaning you’ll need to go from site to site. But hey, I did it and learned a lot before joining Jamorama to learn more advanced lessons. Wish I had started with them as I spent a lot of time searching for the exact stuff I needed where Jamorama has it all in one place, just like JamPlay.com does.

How To Find Free Guitar Lessons Online

If you don’t think there are a lot of people who want to “learn how to play guitar online” just do a search in Google for that phrase and you’ll find about 60 million pages. Fortunately you don’t have to search through all of those to find the best as Google does a great job of giving us the best content for our search phrase.

Check Out YouTube For Free Guitar Lessons

I go to Youtube.com for free guitar lessons almost every single day. Most of the time it’s to find songs I hear on the radio I like and want to learn. To do this I look for the song, the artist and the word ‘cover’ which usually gets me a list of those doing cover songs. I will also add the word guitar into the search to be sure I find those playing guitar.

I just did a search for “how to play guitar for beginners acoustic” I added the word acoustic because I don’t have an electric guitar and would rather learn things for my Yamaha Beginner Gardening Tips For The Home Gardener

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