The Basics: Guitar Tricks has been offering online guitar lessons for more than 10 years and has a successful Core Learning System® , a step by step program for beginner to intermediate students. There are 1500 lessons, all inter-linked, that make up this instruction series which provide a step by step teaching process that will take you from first time beginner to an advanced-intermediate guitarist, capable of playing lead guitar.
This site is run by guitar players, for guitar players and it shows. Guitar Tricks has won the Players Choice award from the Acoustic guitar Magazine, an Award for Excellence in Web Video Education from the International Academy of Visual Arts and Davey Award for Excellence in Instructional Video. What this means to you, the aspiring guitar student is an all around good learning experience. The web site sets up a good learning environment and you will not be distracted by annoying little glitches. Guitar Tricks is a fully developed, mature site dedicated to guitar lessons.
Guitartricks.com encourages you to follow their online forum, moderated by guitarist, for guitarists. The forum and discussions appear to be quite up-to-date and focus on topics that will improve your learning experience and guitar playing. Although full access to forums is not allowed with the free trial membership, you are able to access all information after paying your monthly fee. Guitar Tricks also has a list of helpful resources and links for someone wanting to learn more about their craft.
Overall, Guitartricks.com has a professional, well developed website that is easy to use and will enhance your learning experience. Their Core Learning System® with interlinked lessons is a solid teaching system and will give you results if you spend even a little time regularly to use it. The lessons cover a wide variety of topics and appear to be taught by a number of instructional experts. Most impressive is their wide variety of guitar-related forums. For someone on a budget, the monthly membership fee is the way to go, because there is not a major up front out-of-pocket expense. Coming from a large family of musicians, with exposure to many different teaching styles, I can honestly say that Guitar Tricks is a great value for the depth of instruction that is offered. As with any musical instrument, it takes time and at least a little effort to develop musically. If you make the commitment to yourself for at least 6 months, you’ll be surprised at your results, with a very small cost when compared to taking lessons from an onsite teacher.
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