What to Look for in a Guitar Lesson Program:10 Tips
Over the years I’ve purchased and evaluated a number of guitar lesson courses, and learned a few things about what makes them work or not. There are some good ones out there, and some not-so-good ones. Here are some points to consider as you check out your options and decide whether or not to part with your hard-earned cash!
1. Format and Access- Choose a format based on where and how you want to use the program. Some require a live internet connection. Multimedia courses run on a PC. Others on a video or CD player with a book. Think this through for your situation.
2. Cost- there are some pretty decent free lessons available online. But this a case of you get what you pay for. In many cases, the free lessons are a preview of what you get if you buy a program. You'll have to pay to get the good stuff.
3. The Right Skill Level- some programs are intended for beginners and others for imtermediate and advanced. Trying to learn with material that is too advanced can be discouraging.
4. The Right Content- there are many different focus areas for guitar lesson programs, ranging from basic beginner “learn to play guitar”, to advanced playing techiniques. There are also specialize courses for music categories such as rock , blues, jazz, country, folk, etc. And some programs focus on how to play songs. Make sure the course content matches up well with your specific objectives.
5. Overall Organization- A smooth flow is very important, as this can make or break the value of a lesson program. Is the material introduced in a logical order that builds on what has already been presented? Does it all hang together, or is it just a bunch of stuff slapped together?
6. Quality of Content- how well written are the individual sections? Are they clear, correct, and complete?
7. Ease of Use- How "user-friendly" is the course? What is the quality, quantity, and placement of graphics?
8. Use of Audio/Visual- How are video and audio used to support the learning process? Video, including split screen video, has become quite common, and is effective for guitar lessons.
9. Customer Service and Support- Is support available if you have any questions or problems after buying the program? How do you access it? (email support is most common.)
10. Guarantee- Most guitar lessons available online have a 60-day money back guarantee. Look for this to make your purchase risk-free. You should be able to try the product to see if it meets your needs, and return it for a refund if it doesn’t.
Wrap-up- If you consider these factors as you check out your options, it will help you get the guitar learning product that is best matched to your needs. I’ve personally evaluated a number of these programs and have been surprised at the inconsistent quality I found among products.
When it comes to guitar lessons and online guitar instruction, the best advice is: Buyer Beware! Take the time to research your options, and make sure to select a package with a money-back guarantee.