Guitar Tricks Review: Better Than Private Instruction?

14 day free trailGuitar Tricks Review: After a couple months of exploring on the internet, Acoustic Guitar Videos has chosen what we consider the perfect alternative to private lessons (of course without all the expense) We are proud to now offer lessons through, the online leader in beginner/ intermediate/advanced guitar instruction.

Now I must tell you, I took a bunch of courses online these last months and to be honest, they were all actually pretty good. In fact,
I would say that in most cases you probably will not go wrong with most any of the legitimate training courses out on the internet today. Now compared to private lessons well,… I’m only going to say that the online instructor will not be able to put his hands on your fingers to show you where to press, correct you immediately when you are doing something wrong, or be able to answer questions on the spot. But those are only but a few negatives with online guitar training, as the positives in my opinion far outweigh the negatives.

For starters, the obvious positives for online guitar lessons would be-
1. Go at Your Own Pace
2. Take and study a lesson whenever you want (no scheduling problems)
3. Pay a small fraction of what you would pay for a personal instructor
4. Learn the songs you want to play
5. Not having to go  through a bunch of instructors before finding the one you are comfortable with.

And there’s more reasons to go online vs. a guitar instructor (we’ll get to that in a moment).

So why does Acoustic Guitar Videos endorse GuitarTricks as their online place for lessons?

Well, a number of reasons. First, the free lessons that I took over there were very clear and very easy to understand.
Sometimes I get really confused trying to pick up things off of a video or the instructor is going way too
fast. But not here… in fact, very easy.
Second, there are learning aids that Guitar Tricks uses that are just so helpful… like the “Guitar Karioke” program,
or the the “Jam Station” program to name a few. (I have to admit that the Jam Station program is very addicting).

Get Started for Free: Below I’ve given some more detail about the program but honestly, the best way to see if you can learn guitar
or get a lot better is by giving it a test run like I did.  So check this out-
Through us at AGV, you can take advantage of their 14 day Full Access Free trial.

Please e mail me at if you have any questions, I will help you of course.

More details about online guitar instruction offered at Guitar Tricks:

Guitar Tricks Review: Core Learning System

What it is:

Core Learning System® is our revolutionary step by step program for beginner to intermediate students. It is 1500 lessons, all interlinked step by step that start from “how do I hold a pick” and end with advanced intermediate lead guitar. Core Learning System is the result of 7 years of continuous development and improvement. It is the most comprehensive guitar lesson system available today.

Contrast with other programs:

Most guitar lesson providers leave the teaching up to the instructor, and assume a teacher “has his own teaching method” and “everybody’s approach is different.” Guitar Tricks knows that while this is somewhat true, the results are often disappointing. Teachers teach the mistakes they know, fail to teach sequential steps, skip from easy to advanced and back to easy, and wander from topic to topic. The Core Learning System is based on a curriculum that has been rigorously tested and fine-tuned for years. It works better than anything else on the market.


500 Popular Songs

What it is:

Beginner and intermediate guitarists cite learning songs are their #1 goal for playing guitar. Guitar Tricks has amassed a library of over 500 popular songs, including hits like Hotel California, Sweet Home Alabama, Wind Cries Mary and more. No other online lesson provider can match this catalog. Guitar Tricks teaches all songs in a proprietary system that ensures that advanced students and beginners alike can quickly learn to play their favorite hits. And since Guitar Tricks songs are fully licensed by the publisher, there is no legal risk to the student.

Contrast with other programs:

Other lesson providers either offer no song lessons, unlicensed song lessons, or a severely limited range of songs. Several competitors have disappeared because of the legal consequences of unlicensed material. Others have trouble getting licenses because of past misbehavior. Because Guitar Tricks has strong relationships with all the major publishers, other lesson providers can’t compete in bringing songs to students.


Guitar Tricks Teaching System

What it is:

Guitar Tricks is a Level 3 guitar lesson provider. Level 1 is providing lessons, Level 2 is providing the most lessons, Level 3 is providing the best lessons. Our goal is to provide the absolute best guitar lessons ever recorded. Literally ever. We care very deeply about our teaching approach. We continually question our methods and build a “best practices” guide to guitar education. Our curriculum is managed by a central group of editors, who review and re-review every lesson to ensure that we continually improve. That means that we have to re-do lessons in order to make them better. We have moved beyond “making the most lessons” because after 5,000 lessons, the student doesn’t really need more. But if the lessons are better, the student is better.

Contrast with other programs:

Other lesson providers are run by non-guitarists. In the best cases, they have a guitarist on staff. In other cases, all guitarists are freelance temporary workers. This can lead to an inconsistent teaching system that takes a hands-off approach. While this can produce a good set of lessons (Level 1), and enough teachers can produce the most lessons (Level 2) it won’t produce the best lessons.


Available Everywhere

What it is:

Guitar Tricks is available online on your computer, as you travel on your mobile phone or tablet and on your TV with the new Blues Learning System DVD set. No matter whether you prefer to learn on the go or at home, on the living room TV or on your laptop, Guitar Tricks is available. Guitar Tricks cares deeply about guitar education and wants to reach the greatest number of guitarists possible.

Contrast with other programs:

Other guitar lesson providers produce either an online product or a DVD product, some provide a mobile product. While each approach has merit, Guitar Tricks wants to reach all guitarists, and so is committed to being available on all formats.

More Features

The Best Place To Learn Guitar

Award winning Lessons

Guitar Tricks is an internationally recognized leader in online education. So it is no surprise that Guitar Tricks has won a number of prestigious awards, including the International Academy of Visual Arts W3 Award for Excellence in Web Video Education, the Davey Award for Excellence in Instructional Video and the Player’s Choice Award from Acoustic Guitar Magazine.

Focused on guitar

Guitar Tricks is focused on teaching guitar and only guitar. Other guitar lesson providers focus on drums, bass, even ballroom dancing. Guitar Tricks believes that we can make better lessons than anyone by focusing solely on making the best guitar lessons.

Run by guitarists

Guitar Tricks is the only major online guitar lesson provider that is run by guitarists. We have one overriding passion: making the best guitar lessons available anywhere.

The Best Curriculum

Best fingerpicking curriculum

Our award winning finger-picking instructor Lisa McCormick is one of our most popular instructors. Her friendly, easy to understand style and practical teaching method has helped thousands master what normally is a very difficult technique.

Best country curriculum

When we decided to build the best online country curriculum, we went to the heart of country music: Nashville. Our country course is taught by real touring and session musicians that live and breathe country music.

Best blues curriculum

With all of the different regions, players and styles, true blues fans know that there’s a lot to learn about the blues. Our blues master Anders Mouridsen covers it all: Delta Blues, Chicago Blues, Texas Blues, playing like heroes like Stevie Ray Vaughan, Albert King, BB King and more. We don’t just teach how to play the blues, we make people real bluesmen.

The Best Tools

Guitar Karaoke

Exclusive to Guitar Tricks song lessons, Guitar Tricks provides “jam along” tracks for every song so you can play along with the backing track while watching the instructor’s fingers on the video. It’s like karaoke for guitar!

Jam Station

The Jam Station is like having a backing band on standby, ready to help you jam away any time day or night. With hundreds of backing tracks online, you will never run out of inspiration. With so many tracks at your fingertips, Jam Station may become your most valuable tool in the fight against “stuck in a rut syndrome.”

Ultimate Chord Finder

With 20 different chord forms, and three variations for each, Ultimate Chord Finder covers all the most important chord forms and their variations. To help you learn new chords, the Ultimate Chord Finder includes audio samples to show you have the chord should sound when played correctly.

Ultimate Scale Finder

Are you getting stuck in the basic pentatonic box? No more! The Ultimate Scale Finder will show you all five scale patterns for 20 different scales in all 12 keys. A minor pentatonic in the 8th fret position? No problem! C# Phrygian across the neck? Coming right up. Whether your favorite style is the sweet sounds of the major pentatonic or the shreddy mayhem of the harmonic major, the Ultimate Scale Finder is here to help.

Ultimate Metronome

Ever wish exercises weren’t boring? We sure did. That’s why Guitar Tricks members invented the Ultimate Metronome. The Ultimate Metronome’s Speed Drill feature increases BPM over time, turning exercises into a challenging game. How fast can you go without losing control of your technique? The Ultimate Metronome makes it fun to find out.

Guitar Tricks Review:Statistics and User Feedback

A 2010 survey of more than 1,000 Guitar Tricks members reveals:

98% Would Recommend Guitar Tricks

97.8% of survey respondents report they would recommend Guitar Tricks to friends and family – Guitar Tricks is a reputable organization that treats its customers well, doesn’t engage in copyright infringement, and cares deeply about making the best guitar lessons in the world. The proof is in this remarkable statistic.

80% Learned Guitar Faster

80.0% of respondents report learning faster with Guitar Tricks than with other learning methods – Guitar Tricks lessons are designed to teach you in a more efficient way. Guitar Tricks teaching methods have been refined over their 14 year history. Our core curriculum has been recalibrated and reshot continuously since 2005. We shoot and edit the same course over and over with one goal in mind: to ensure that today’s students learn even faster than last year’s students.

40% Increase In Guitar Skills

On average, users reported their skill improving (on a scale of 1 to 10) from 3 to 5 (a 40% increase) after subscribing to Guitar Tricks – Actual results are the proof of a good method. This statistic shows that Guitar Tricks helps all guitarists, from beginner to advanced, to increase their skill and ability in a convenient, affordable way.


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