One of the best features of the guitar is its versatility as an instrument. Not only is it easy to take on the road and easy to pair with a wide range of other instruments, but it is also capable of a full spectrum of musical genres, from blues and country to indie and classic rock. The key to making guitar work for you, either as a career or a hobby, is to continue to build on your skills and technique by adding to your repertoire. These five sites are great resources to expand your set list and your versatility as a guitarist.
Unlike many websites that offer only chord charts, Justin Guitar features many resources for guitar enthusiasts. Funded through donations and product sales, the website provides free video lessons for both beginner and intermediate players, as well as masterclasses with expert guitarists. Justin Guitar’s song selection is also organized by level, making it easier to find the perfect new song to learn regardless of your guitar experience. This online source also has collections like “Classic Solos” and “Awesome Licks” so you can focus on exactly what you want to learn.
Coach Guitar is a mobile app that takes a very different approach to teaching guitar. Using colored dots to show finger placement, this app is the perfect way for casual players to quickly pick up their favorite songs — or an easy way for more experienced players to add new genres to their playlist. With left-handed and right-handed views, Coach Guitar’s full lesson library is just $7.99 a month and includes popular hits like “Back in Black” by AC/DC and “Sweet Home Alabama” by Lynyrd Skynyrd — and they include guitar tabs for those who prefer a more traditional approach.
Another source for lessons, Guitar Lessons 365 has something for every guitarist, from beginner to advanced. Free lessons help serious guitarists focus on techniques, scales, chords and recreating the styles of well-known guitarists like Jimi Hendrix and Eddie Van Halen. Premium subscribers get access to additional lessons organized by genres, including rock, metal and jazz — as well as one-on-one help from the site’s owner, Carl Brown.
Better known as a popular magazine for guitar fans, Guitar World also has a website that is an excellent resource for those looking to expand their guitar repertoire. Video lessons on the site are all about the practical, from perfecting the styles of guitar legends to “How To” lessons on specific techniques. For those who can’t resist a challenge, Guitar World has a series of “Betcha Can’t Play This” videos to test your skills.
While most guitar tab sites feature user-submitted content, Song Notes sets itself apart with a smaller set of lessons that are carefully notated for accuracy. David Potsiadlo’s videos instruct guitarists in playing the full versions of popular songs in multiple genres and from artists like Metallica, Jimmy Buffett, Taylor Swift and Coldplay. His library, now up to 173 songs, is organized by the year of release for the featured song.
All of these online sources will help you grow your talent and your set list as a guitarist. And if you’re looking for a truly unique guitar to expand your collection or even as a first guitar, check out our range of customizable guitars.
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