Online Guitar Lessons
Regardless of whether you’re interested in picking up (or at) the fundamentals, polishing your sweet set of slider skills or otherwise, learning guitar is an art in itself. It takes many years of dedication, passion and, yes, callouses to produce extremely beautiful results, but that doesn’t mean enjoying the journey in getting there needs to be a challenge. At the Academy of Music, we love to learn and teach what we know, passing on our guitar skills and techniques to others to share the joy. Since music is a universal language, we like to think of our online guitar lessons as a way to help individuals around the world become cunning linguists in the vein of Liona Boyd, B.B. King, and the other greats from all walks of life.
Let’s help you elevate your musical journey with attentive, exciting, and of course extraordinarily fun new experiences with the help of our instructors!
Types of Classes
Guitar can be broadly grouped into two categories: electric and acoustic. No matter what style of guitar you want to play, we have amazing instructors who will help you learn all the scales, chords, licks, and riffs you could need. The ways you can play the guitar are incredibly varied, from fingerpicking to power chords, and we’ll teach you any and every technique you might want to learn. All students are different and we proudly embrace this!
Benefits of Guitar Lessons
The guitar has had tremendous influence on almost all popular American music; starting with blues and country to jazz, rock, and pop, the guitar is ingrained in our collective conscious. What makes the instrument so appealing is the level of individuality that comes with it; each great guitarist has a style so unique, you can make them out the same way you can distinguish Robert Plant from Céline Dion. That versatility, the ability to make the guitar your own, is what continues to appeal to our love of self-conceptualization.
That’s why we believe everyone should learn how to play the guitar, and we’re thrilled to make it possible with our online lessons. It imparts upon you a sense of yourself you might not see otherwise. You’ll learn to develop fine motor skills, as you sense each one of your fingers playing upon the strings, up and down the fretboard. The same goes for an incredible sense of timing as your right hand moves in one motion and speed while the left moves in another. Find yourself lost in the music that you’re making and, when you come out of the trance of playing, you might not even know how much time you’ve spent. That’s the magic of this beloved instrument. The guitar is transcendent, and you will transcend.
Child Skills Development
Think of all the skills learning guitar can help your child develop. Certainly, it helps them learn creativity and widens their imagination outside of normal school. There’s no doubt it will increase their coordination, timing and musicality. They have to feel through a piece as well as learn how to read notes and rhythms – they’re effectively learning an entirely new language. This develops their emotional and rational minds, two things everyone in the world should always strive to focus on. It will increase their confidence and impart upon them that patience and discipline lead to mastery. Best of all, they’ll have fun doing it – after all, there might not be a soul in this world who doesn’t enjoy music!
Learning the guitar is for adults, too, and it comes with just as many incredible benefits. There are even some benefits for adults kids might not see. For instance, you can learn to play those amazing riffs you used to (or still) love to headbang to. You can learn all the classic songs, from Howlin’ Wolf to Hendrix and beyond, or you can learn gorgeous classical pieces that melt heart and old favourites that inspire singalongs. All this while increasing your confidence, creativity and hand coordination – it’s all upside when you’re learning the guitar.
The Right Instructors, the Best Experiences
Of course, how you’re taught matters as much as what you’re learning, and who you’re being taught by is just as important. Our instructors are absolutely passionate about the guitar and will help you learn a wide variety of different pieces and techniques. Whatever you’re into they’ll be into as well, because they genuinely love making and teaching music. The techniques we use are anything but dull – we’re using an innovative system that helps auditory and visual learners pick up the instrument. Learning should be exciting and fun if it’s to be effective or meaningful.
Music goes beyond language; it is experienced. It is raw emotion, brought to life by the player. Music can make us jump for joy, and it can bring tears to our eyes; sometimes both, in the same song. Music defines civilizations; when we go to a new country, or encounter a new culture, the first things we want to know are what kind of food they eat, what kind of buildings they build and what kind of music they play. Should extraterrestrials land on earth, they’ll probably have music if they have ears, and we’ll want to hear what instruments they love. Should they land in North America, they’ll probably hear a lot of guitar.
Guitar might be the defining instrument for modern Western civilization, but it’s been around in some form for ages. What exactly defines a guitar depends on who you ask, but by the loosest of definitions, guitar-like instruments have been around for millennia. Some lutes (a type of stringed instrument) began to be called guitars in Spain by the year 1200; no matter how you slice it, guitars have been around for a long time. There is a myriad of different styles of guitar music, from traditional Spanish flamenco and Portuguese fado, to modern rock and jazz; each style of music has a different guitar associated with it, though they can all be transcribed easily from one guitar to another.
The Hal Leonard’s Fast Track Guitar Course
You want to learn the guitar quickly, but you don’t want the speed of your lessons to impede quality. That’s why we love this course – it helps you learn the instrument with a wide array of techniques, which makes retaining the material a whole lot easier. There’s almost everything you might want to learn, from scales and riffs to blues to musical ballads and guitar licks. You’ll learn to read music, play chords, read tablature and perform full songs. The lessons come with a CD backed by a full band, and you can pan each track from speaker to speaker; pan right to hear more guitar, then pan all the way left to get rid of the guitar altogether. That way, you can play the song over the backing track! This exciting technique is appropriate for all ages so no matter who you are, you can learn to play.
Alfred’s Basic Guitar Course
Recognized for over 50 years as the best-paced and most comprehensive guitar method available, Alfred’s Basic Guitar Method has introduced over five million beginners to the joy of playing guitar. Now included are blues, country, folk, jazz, and rock styles, plus more pop songs! DVDs are available for the visual learner and correlating theory, chord, and pop books provide everything you need from one complete method. Learning to play has never been easier or more fun than with Alfred’s Basic Guitar Method—the first and best choice for today’s beginning guitar students. Book 1 introduces you to the foundations of guitar playing. Learn notes, songs, techniques, and many other important topics for a lifetime of musical enjoyment.
For the first time, companion audio tracks that can be downloaded or streamed online are included with the book, so you’ll have everything you need in one place. The available DVD is newly updated and features video lessons, MP3 audio tracks, as well as TNT 2 software which lets you slow down tracks, isolate and loop parts, and change tempos and keys for customized practice.
The Royal Conservatory Classical Guitar Program
This is the program for aspiring classical guitarists who want to become renowned. It’s likely that if a professional career in classical music appeals to you, you’ve already heard of the Royal Conservatory. The exams are notoriously difficult, requiring the musician to play with a high degree of technical accuracy and emotional depth; once you’ve gone through the programs, you may find yourself teaching music in no time. Our experienced teachers will ensure you are ready for each exam. This course is not for beginners; you need a firm grasp of guitar before enrolling.
Learn at Home/Online
We’ll teach you in the space you’re most comfortable, your own home, or in a virtual format with ease. This is great for parents of young children who don’t have time to travel to music lessons; your child will be more comfortable, and you’ll be able to hear them play unobtrusively. It’s great for adults, too, who find themselves at ease where they live. We’re strong proponents of at-home learning!
Frequently Asked Questions
Do I need a guitar to get started?
Definitely in order to learn the fundamentals and develop your sense of ability. Learning guitar correctly – with feeling and feedback, cannot be easily replicated through digital tools such as an iPad application. However, you don’t need to run out and purchase a guitar if you either aren’t ready to commit or can’t afford it. Workarounds include renting from local music schools, rec centres, and music stores that depend on your business to survive during these difficult times. In many ways, it’s a win-win for everyone while working within your budget!
Are online guitar lessons for kids worth it?
If your child is willing to learn, receptive, and has a passion for music, that’s all they’ll need in addition to the instrument in order to learn guitar online in a productive, fun manner. Guitars, like pianos, require a very particular focus similar to when learning math – you have to respect and be willing to understand the instrument in order for it to graciously bestow its capabilities through your input. The more our instructors work closely with your children via our online guitar lessons, the more we can bring out this potential, inspiring and encouraging them along the way so they look forward to the next session!
How long do sessions last?
This will depend based on the terms you set up with us in advance. For instance, we can accommodate specific timeframes and periods to ensure we don’t interfere with school, work, or anything in-between. That also means no putting off movie night or family gatherings just for music lessons – your needs and everyday happiness always come first! For details regarding lesson duration, pricing or otherwise, we’re happy to discuss the ideal arrangement with you. Contact us to get started!