Online blues guitar lessons may be a great way to learn to play the blues on that favourite axe you have bought, or is it?
You have saved up and bought that fabulous guitar you've had your heart set on and you aspire to play like your favourite bluesman. So what do you do next?
Well now you need to learn to play! But where do you start? You could, of course, go to private tuition, but this can be both expensive and not always practical. So what's the alternative?
There are many books you can buy, which will go through, step by step, all the chords, progressions, scales and fingering techniques. But this can be a laborious way to learn and is very difficult to work through because you have no point of reference to work to. Some books come with a CD which has sample tracks and lessons so that you can hear what the riffs and lessons "should" sound like. This can be a big help, but is still not ideal, because it's hard to envisage how your fingers should be placed on the fretboard when just listening to a CD.
Another alternative is a DVD course. These can be very useful because they address some of the problems we talked about earlier. They will have video content so that you can see the tutor play and this brings huge benefits to learning this new craft. But in this computer age, where people are looking for instant gratification, a lot of students will look to the internet as a resource.
A quick search on Google for "Online Blues Guitar Lessons" for instance, will throw up a huge amount of information on this topic. There will be lots of free stuff available; lots even with video from YouTube, for instance. So is this a good place to learn? Well maybe it is, but there are a few things to bear in mind. Anyone can put content on the web; some of it will be good content by people who have a great deal of expertise. But a lot of it will be at best 'mediocre' content and at worst could be 'bad' content. The worse thing you can do when learning any new skill is be taught something wrong. This can create a 'bad habit' at a very early stage that could stay with you forever, like a golfer with a bad swing.
So what if we could find an expert, a guitar tutor who can teach as properly from day one; just like going to a private tutor, but with all the advantages of getting our lessons online? Some tutors put together excellent packages, often gleaned from their 'one on one' teaching that can accelerate your learning experience.
So is this kind of package offered free? Well of course if you search hard enough, I'm sure you could find some. But like all things in life, you get what you pay for! However, online blues guitar lessons don't have to be any where near as expensive as a private tutor, but with many of the advantages of combining all the methods we have talked about: namely, written TABS, mp3 files for riffs and backing tracks and most importantly, plenty of video content to really hear and see how to play that killer blues number.
So can you use online blues guitar lessons to sound like your heroes? Well I think the answer is a clear- Yes! As long as you do some careful research before placing your order; read carefully through what the lessons are offering, select a package that suits you and the playing style you are looking to aspire to.