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10 Best Websites To Teach You How To Play The Guitar

10 Best Websites To Teach You How To Play The Guitar

Learning how to play a music instrument is a great way to exercise your brain and obtain a hobby all at the same time. There are a myriad of benefits to learning music instruments that have been well documented. If you’re thinking of picking up the guitar for fun or to help your brain, here are some awesome guitar websites to help you out.

1. ShredAcademy

ShredAcademy is a free guitar learning resource that is actually found on YouTube. Included are well over 100 guitar learning videos to get you started. They also have things like “lick of the week” where you can learn some fun techniques and learn to shred at the same time. There are a variety of instructors, techniques, genres, and types of guitar playing you can learn and it’s all totally free (you may have to watch an advertisement here and there). To check it out: go here.

2. MusicRadar

Much like ShredAcademy, MusicRadar is YouTube-based guitar learning. They include a number of genres, techniques, and plenty of videos to learn guitar playing. They also have bass and drums if you’re into that stuff too. Along with all of that, they have shows where people talk about playing guitar, gear demos, and other content to keep you interested and entertained as you practice everything you’ve been learning.

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3. Dolphin Street

This channel is run by guitarist Robert Renman and it includes a virtual library of information. A lot of places will teach you the basics and teach you technique. Dolphin Street goes the extra mile and actually teaches things like music theory as well. Sometimes it’s not how you play a note, but why you play the note! There are Q&A sessions that will teach you how to be a better guitarist by stretching your perspective on the instrument as a whole. It’s definitely for the more technical learners but there is a lot of great information there.

4. Jammit

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    Jammit is the first on the list that isn’t also a YouTube channel. It also has apps for iOS, Mac, and PC if you don’t want to visit the website all the time. This site is fun because it allows you to listen to other musicians play. You can then take that song, slow it down, loop a part, etc so you can focus on one part at a time and learn how to play the whole song. For many players, learning how to play it is simply a matter of copying others until they get the finger motions down and this is a great site for that.

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    5. Ultimate-Guitar

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      If you’re more into learning using tabs, then Ultimate-Guitar is the best out there. It’s been around for a very long time, has an amazing selection of songs, and then each song can have multiple tabs done by different people. Users rate tabs based on their accuracy and how easy they are so you know which ones are the best (or at least the closest). You can download and print tabs all day long free of charge and that’s a good way to help yourself learn. You can also learn your favorite songs which helps keeps struggling newcomers motivated!

      6. Justin Guitar

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        Justin Guitar is a popular website for guitarists. It includes over 700 lessons for beginners, novices, and experts. Alongside those are fun things like exclusive interviews with guitar virtuosos. You can get lessons in video, audio, ebook, DVD, and in mobile app form so there is also a lot of options for the beginner. In this day and age, options are good!

        7. BobbyCrispy

        BobbyCrispy’s YouTube channel contains a bunch of (free) lessons and is a cornucopia for music learning. There are over 300 lessons in total that goes over everything from the basics to learning how to play specific songs. In the video above, he shows you how to play 40 songs with only three chords. His videos also have tabs overlaid into the videos so you can see what he’s playing and play along. It’s a different approach that combines at least two elements of guitar playing (showing and tab reading) and a lot of the songs he chooses to teach people are good ones.

        8. Guitar World

        Guitar World is a veritable mess when it comes to what they offer. Once you learn your way around, though, there is a lot of amazing guitar stuff there for people to learn. There are conversations on music theory, lessons for beginners, novices, and experts. There are also some lessons from famous guitarists. Some videos are just ridiculous, like this guy playing two guitars at once. It’s a fun channel with a lot of awesome guitarists showing you how they do what they do.

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        9. JamPlay

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          JamPlay is a music “school” of sorts. There are lessons that are brought to you by a bunch of different guitars from a lot of different genres. They even have the guitarist from famed metal band Mushroomhead as an instructor. What it lacks in instructor-to-student participation they more than make up for with sheer content. If you’re learning how to play guitar, this is a website you should be on.

          10. ArtistWorks Guitar Campus

          Last on our list is called Guitar Campus and it’s actually a sort of school for guitarists. You pay a certain amount of money (between $200-$300 per year) and then instructors teach you how to play the guitar. This is unique because these other services are pretty much exclusively a “watch what I do” sort of place with very little interaction between instructor and student. This is not like that. If you’re wondering if the instructors are any good themselves, the video above is a song called Scarified by Paul Gilbert who teaches rock at Guitar Campus.

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          Last Updated on September 20, 2018

          How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

          How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

          Being in a hurry all the time drains your energy. Your work and routine life make you feel overwhelmed. Getting caught up in things beyond your control stresses you out…

          If you’d like to stay calm and cool in stressful situations, put the following 8 steps into practice:

          1. Breathe

          The next time you’re faced with a stressful situation that makes you want to hurry, stop what you’re doing for one minute and perform the following steps:

          • Take five deep breaths in and out (your belly should come forward with each inhale).
          • Imagine all that stress leaving your body with each exhale.
          • Smile. Fake it if you have to. It’s pretty hard to stay grumpy with a goofy grin on your face.

          Feel free to repeat the above steps every few hours at work or home if you need to.

          2. Loosen up

          After your breathing session, perform a quick body scan to identify any areas that are tight or tense. Clenched jaw? Rounded shoulders? Anything else that isn’t at ease?

          Gently touch or massage any of your body parts that are under tension to encourage total relaxation. It might help to imagine you’re in a place that calms you: a beach, hot tub, or nature trail, for example.

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          3. Chew slowly

          Slow down at the dinner table if you want to learn to be patient and lose weight. Shoveling your food down as fast as you can is a surefire way to eat more than you need to (and find yourself with a bellyache).

          Be a mindful eater who pays attention to the taste, texture, and aroma of every dish. Chew slowly while you try to guess all of the ingredients that were used to prepare your dish.

          Chewing slowly will also reduce those dreadful late-night cravings that sneak up on you after work.

          4. Let go

          Cliche as it sounds, it’s very effective.

          The thing that seems like the end of the world right now?

          It’s not. Promise.

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          Stressing and worrying about the situation you’re in won’t do any good because you’re already in it, so just let it go.

          Letting go isn’t easy, so here’s a guide to help you:

          21 Things To Do When You Find It Hard To Let Go

          5. Enjoy the journey

          Focusing on the end result can quickly become exhausting. Chasing a bold, audacious goal that’s going to require a lot of time and patience? Split it into several mini-goals so you’ll have several causes for celebration.

          Stop focusing on the negative thoughts. Giving yourself consistent positive feedback will help you grow patience, stay encouraged, and find more joy in the process of achieving your goals.

          6. Look at the big picture

          The next time you find your stress level skyrocketing, take a deep breath, and ask yourself:

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          Will this matter to me…

          • Next week?
          • Next month?
          • Next year?
          • In 10 years?

          Hint: No, it won’t.

          I bet most of the stuff that stresses you wouldn’t matter the next week, maybe not even the next day.

          Stop agonizing over things you can’t control because you’re only hurting yourself.

          7. Stop demanding perfection of yourself

          You’re not perfect and that’s okay. Show me a person who claims to be perfect and I’ll show you a dirty liar.

          Demanding perfection of yourself (or anybody else) will only stress you out because it just isn’t possible.

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          8. Practice patience every day

          Below are a few easy ways you can practice patience every day, increasing your ability to remain calm and cool in times of stress:

          • The next time you go to the grocery store, get in the longest line.
          • Instead of going through the drive-thru at your bank, go inside.
          • Take a long walk through a secluded park or trail.

          Final thoughts

          Staying calm in stressful situations is possible, all you need is some daily practice.

          Taking deep breaths and eat mindfully are some simple ways to train your brain to be more patient. But changing the way you think of a situation and staying positive are most important in keeping cool whenever you feel overwhelmed and stressful.

          Featured photo credit: Brooke Cagle via unsplash.com

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