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Recommended Guitar Learning Resources

If you're serious about reaching your full potential as a guitarist, but don't have the cash for expensive private tuition, take a look at the recommended guitar learning resources below.

Note: I only recommend resources I have personally used/reviewed and found valuable. I've done the research and know what works!

Comprehensive Guitar Learning Course

Jamplay videos

While this site will give you a good grounding, it has its limitations (due to limited time and funds). If you're looking for a more hi-tech, professional and personalised experience, with the convenience of learning on your laptop/desktop, tablet or mobile, take a look at...


A very popular online video course that boasts thousands of lessons, 50+ pro tutors and a huge library of software, jam tracks and note-for-note song tutorials. The videos are unique as they make innovative use of multiple camera angles, including "over the shoulder" with A-B looping and HD streaming. Plus, there are live, interactive webcam lessons scheduled every day.

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More Specialised Guitar Courses

These courses are perfect for when you need to cut out the noise and focus on developing specific skills.

Dynamic Rhythm Guitar - Become a Well Rounded Player

Dynamic Rhythm Guitar

DRG brings everything together for the rhythm guitarist - strumming patterns, riff building, chord modification, merging chords and scales, picking techniques... if you're not so interested in soloing, this is the course for you.

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Blues Jam Session - Improvise Like the Greats

Blues Jam Session

Not just quality, professional backing tracks, but a complete system for mastering blues guitar. A powerful and fun course whether you're into the blues or not - Blues lays the foundation for many playing skills (such as improvisation) and what you learn here will transfer into rock and other styles.

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Unlocking I IV V - A Crash Course in Guitar Theory

Unlocking I IV V

If guitar theory seems complicated, time consuming or as dull as dish water to you, then this course will radically and entertainingly simplify the task of learning theory and home in on the absolute essentials. A lot of theory is merely "nice to know" - this course only teaches you the theory that will make an immediate, tangible impression on your playing.

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Guitar Scale Mastery - Blueprint For Scale Success

Guitar Scale Mastery

Understand how scales relate to the guitar fretboard in the shortest possible time. Another condensed theory course that takes you straight to the juicy information. Learn how to turn the jumble of notes on the fretboard into a clear roadmap for effortlessly playing musical and fluid solos.

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Legato Fast Start - Unlock Speed on Guitar

Legato Fast Start

The "secret" to unlocking speed on guitar - hammer-ons and pull-offs, also known as legato playing. This course will teach you the basic techniques in detail and show you the most effective exercises for using legato in your solos. If (like me until recently) you've neglected the physical side of playing scales and lead, this is the perfect course to catch up.

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Guitar Learning Software

Many players find software the most effective and enjoyable way of learning, due to its interactive nature. You get more involved in the learning process and it becomes more fun and engaging than the more passive reading through text and watching videos.

Guitar Notes Master - Know the Fretboard Like the Back of Your Hand

Guitar Notes Master

Guitar Notes Master By far the most powerful fretboard learning software available. Guitar Notes Master teaches you the fundamentals of the fretboard and more advanced theory such as intervals, scale and chord construction all in a single application. There's also a section that tests your knowledge with "point and click" interactivity. Far more fun and engaging than book learning.

Please note that GNM currently only works on Windows.

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Finger Trainer - Develop Strength, Speed and Co-ordination

Finger Trainer

Focuses on the physical side of lead playing. Choose from over 300 different licks/riffs, select from 10 different lead techniques, see the tab as the notes are played, add licks together and loop different parts to help you break them down for practicing. This is a great way to develop finger dexterity, soloing speed and co-ordination.

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Riff Master Pro - Learn Songs by Ear

Riff Master Pro

Learning to play licks and riffs by ear is a skill that will transfer into many areas of guitar playing. Riff Master Pro allows you to import a sound file (e.g. mp3), slow it right down, cut out the vocals, hear it note-for-note and loop the part you want to learn. As well as changing tempo, you can also change the pitch of the audio to learn it in different keys. Far more productive than learning purely by tab.

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Practice Generator - Your Personalized Practice Schedule

Creates an effective, personalized practice schedule based on your long and short term playing goals. The Practice Generator takes into account your current skill level for each item and responds accordingly. This results in making the most productive use of your practice time (minimising wasted time) and helping you reach your goals faster.

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