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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 November 20, 2018

          10 Reasons Why New Year’s Resolutions Fail

          10 Reasons Why New Year’s Resolutions Fail

          A new year beautifully symbolizes a new chapter opening in the book that is your life. But while so many people like you aspire to achieve ambitious goals, only 12% of you will ever experience the taste of victory. Sound bad? It is. 156 million people (that’s 156,000,000) will probably give up on their resolution before you can say “confetti.” Keep on reading to learn why New Year’s resolutions fail (and how to succeed).

          Note: Since losing weight is the most common New Year’s resolution, I chose to focus on weight loss (but these principles can be applied to just about any goal you think of — make it work for you!).

          1. You’re treating a marathon like a sprint.

          Slow and steady habit change might not be sexy, but it’s a lot more effective than the “I want it ALL and I want it NOW!” mentality. Small changes stick better because they aren’t intimidating (if you do it right, you’ll barely even notice them!).

          If you have a lot of bad habits today, the last thing you need to do is remodel your entire life overnight. Want to lose weight? Stop it with the crash diets and excessive exercise plans. Instead of following a super restrictive plan that bans anything fun, add one positive habit per week. For example, you could start with something easy like drinking more water during your first week. The following week, you could move on to eating 3 fruits and veggies every day. And the next week, you could aim to eat a fistful of protein at every meal.

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          2. You put the cart before the horse.

          “Supplementing” a crappy diet is stupid, so don’t even think about it. Focus on the actions that produce the overwhelming amount of results. If it’s not important, don’t worry about it.

          3. You don’t believe in yourself.

          A failure to act can cripple you before you leave the starting line. If you’ve tried (and failed) to set a New Year’s resolution (or several) in the past, I know it might be hard to believe in yourself. Doubt is a nagging voice in your head that will resist personal growth with every ounce of its being. The only way to defeat doubt is to believe in yourself. Who cares if you’ve failed a time or two? This year, you can try again (but better this time).

          4. Too much thinking, not enough doing.

          The best self-help book in the world can’t save you if you fail to take action. Yes, seek inspiration and knowledge, but only as much as you can realistically apply to your life. If you can put just one thing you learn from every book or article you read into practice, you’ll be on the fast track to success.

          5. You’re in too much of a hurry.

          If it was quick-and-easy, everybody would do it, so it’s in your best interest to exercise your patience muscles.

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          6. You don’t enjoy the process.

          Is it any wonder people struggle with their weight when they see eating as a chore and exercise as a dreadful bore? The best fitness plan is one that causes the least interruption to your daily life. The goal isn’t to add stress to your life, but rather to remove it.

          The best of us couldn’t bring ourselves to do something we hate consistently, so make getting in shape fun, however you’ve gotta do it. That could be participating in a sport you love, exercising with a good friend or two, joining a group exercise class so you can meet new people, or giving yourself one “free day” per week where you forget about your training plan and exercise in any way you please.

          7. You’re trying too hard.

          Unless you want to experience some nasty cravings, don’t deprive your body of pleasure. The more you tell yourself you can’t have a food, the more you’re going to want it. As long as you’re making positive choices 80-90% of the time, don’t sweat the occasional indulgence.

          8. You don’t track your progress.

          Keeping a written record of your training progress will help you sustain an “I CAN do this” attitude. All you need is a notebook and a pen. For every workout, record what exercises you do, the number of repetitions performed, and how much weight you used if applicable. Your goal? Do better next time. Improving your best performance on a regular basis offers positive feedback that will encourage you to keep going.

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          9. You have no social support.

          It can be hard to stay motivated when you feel alone. The good news? You’re not alone: far from it. Post a status on Facebook asking your friends if anybody would like to be your gym or accountability buddy. If you know a co-worker who shares your goal, try to coordinate your lunch time and go out together so you’ll be more likely to make positive decisions. Join a support group of like-minded folks on Facebook, LinkedIn, or elsewhere on the internet. Strength in numbers is powerful, so use it to your advantage.

          10. You know your what but not your why.

          The biggest reason why most New Year’s resolutions fail: you know what you want but you not why you want it.

          Yes: you want to get fit, lose weight, or be healthy… but why is your goal important to you? For example:

          Do you want to be fit so you can be a positive example that your children can admire and look up to?

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          Do you want to lose fat so you’ll feel more confident and sexy in your body than ever before?

          Do you want to be healthy so you’ll have increased clarity, energy, and focus that would carry over into every single aspect of your life?

          Whether you’re getting in shape because you want to live longer, be a good example, boost your energy, feel confident, have an excuse to buy hot new clothes, or increase your likelihood of getting laid (hey, I’m not here to judge) is up to you. Forget about any preconceived notions and be true to yourself.

          • The more specific you can make your goal,
          • The more vivid it will be in your imagination,
          • The more encouraged you’ll be,
          • The more likely it is you will succeed (because yes, you CAN do this!).

          I hope this guide to why New Year’s resolutions fail helps you achieve your goals this year. If you found this helpful, please pass it along to some friends so they can be successful just like you. What do you hope to accomplish next year?

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