You know, traditionally it was always in the smokey back-house rooms of old and derelict clubs that young,
impressionable guitarists would learn how to play blues guitar and hone their chops until they started to set fire to the stage. Electric telecasters and fender amps – all tube and pushed to 10… you get the idea, but now there’s something quite, quite new and different – learning how to play blues guitar online is now as normal as watching TV. How times have changed with the advent of the internet and faster streaming video online.
Many of the current and most popular websites for learning this style of guitar actually started out as just amateur enthusiasts posting up free lessons to youtube – the kind where they’re sitting on their bed, amp at their feet, just wailing on the latest lick they heard from Stevie Ray Vaughan or Buddy Guy. What happens is that these kinds of innocent guitar lessons (if they’re any good) get hundreds of thousands of views online and become so well known and popular that what started out as “hey check out this cool lick I found” turns into a full blow online guitar website complete with a membership program.
The Danger Of Internet Guitar Lessons
While having access to such a massive amount of new information is great news we must also be cautious not to lose some of the best reasons why learning to play the ol’ fashioned way was so effective. In the past, guitar players didn’t have the kinds of online video guitar lessons we see here, instead they really had to use their ear and work it all out by repeating the records over and over. This was a harder way to learn but the huge gain was that you were forcing your ‘musical ear’ to develop and actually create a direct line from what you heard in your head and what you could then play on your instrument. That’s called musicianship and you’ll never get it if all you ever do is search for online guitar tabs and lessons where the work has already been done for you.
Want more, cool! Me too. Here’s a great tutorial on how to play guitar lifted fresh from youtube today, check out this guy explain how to play Sweet Home Alabama. Some people are just born to teach!