The Best Guitar Instructional Material

There are hundreds if not thousands of different books, DVDs, websites etc with a large percentage of them being garbage. Six String Madness brings you the best guitar tuition products out there to help you in your guitar journey. Be sure to check out my page of Essential Guitar Equipment page as well for that must have gear for every guitar player.

The books, DVDs, online memberships etc that I have listed are all products that I have either used myself personally or come highly recommended from trusted sources and I have at least previewed them.  I will never promote a product that I think is garbage or would not use myself.

 

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GuitarJamz– Guitar instructor and owner of GuitarJamz, Marty Schwartz is one of the biggest names for guitar instruction on Youtube.  I think a lot of what makes Marty so great is his personality.  Very down to earth and knows how to teach.  He primarily covers blues, classic rock and acoustic guitar.  Sorry Metal heads but Marty may not be the best choice for you.  His online membership site is fantastic.  There are a ton of lessons on there that are broken out in to catagories such as Beginners, Master Classes, Jam Tracks, Music Theory etc.  He offers a full access 3 day trial for the online membership.  Be sure to check out the DVD sets as well that I review in the DVD section.

 

 

Guitar Tricks– Guitar Tricks has to be one of my favorite online guitar lesson sites.  They have one a number of awards including Players Choice by Acoustic Guitar magazine in 2011 and the 2011 Davey Awards.  They have a large number of instructors similar to JamPlay so you can find one that fits your style of learning.  They also cover all styles of music.  The song lesson section is huge and there are a lot of songs on there that you dont find on other sites.  They are very similar to JamPlay in features and such.  They both offer something a little different from eachother though.  If I had to pick one, I would go with Guitar Tricks.

 

Jamplay– Jamplay is an online lesson membership program. Jamplay has really grown in the last several years since they started.  They cover such a wide array of genres and musical tastes.  They now have 45 teachers and over 2,000 lessons in HD.  If you want to learn it, Jamplay has a lesson on it.  The cool thing about Jamplay is that they have so many instructors that if you dont like the style of one, there are 44 more to pick from.  Great site for all levels of player.

Pentatonic Power– This is a bit of different course than the others listed here as it is soley focused on helping you learn to solo using the pentatonic scale through a 150 day program that you do one daily lesson each day.  Bob Murnahan is a bit quirky but his Pentatonic Power course is pretty cool and the price is right.

 


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Next Level Guitar–  David Taub and NLG were the hottest thing a few years ago. Popularity has waned a bit but he still has a solid online guitar lesson program.  He covers a lot of the same stuff the other ones do but he also has some great videos on gear such as guitar care, setting up amps and effects pedals.  Dave is a cool guy and a fun teacher that you can learn from.  Definitely worth checking out.

 

 

Interactive Guitar Magazine–  A completely FREE interactive digital magazine from the folks at Lick Library.  I love Guitar Interactive!  GI brings together expert players to analyse the styles and techniques of the world's best guitarists, which you can see and hear in the hours of video that are in every issue.  They covered David Gilmour, Zakk Wylde, Michael Angelo Batio, Joe Bonamassa, John Petrucci etc.  There are video lessons in the magazine and then you can download the tab as well.

You also get GI's interviews with leading players and authoritative, gear reviews and helpful articles, profiles of past greats and musical legends – free and fully interactive!  You just cant pass this one up.
All you have to do to get Guitar Interactive every month is subscribe. There is no charge and there are no catches.

 

 

Active Melody–  Brian has a small website called Active Melody.  His focus is on the blues and he does a fantastic job with his lessons.  The video lessons themselves are completely free and he used to offer the jam tracks and tab for free as well but recently began to charge a one time fee of $5 for access to the tab and tracks for all of his lessons.  Its an awesome deal as there are some really cool lessons and he is a great teacher.  For the value, I would definitely recommend Active Melody if you are beginner to intermediate in the style of the blues.

 

 

 

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Gibson Learn and Master Guitar–  Winner of the 2008 Acoustic Guitar Magazine Players Choice Award among others, this has to be one of the best courses out there for learning to play the guitar.  Its got 20 DVDs, 5 jam along CDs and 100+ page book with free online support

This is a high-quality, step-by-step video instruction that takes you from beginner (or intermediate) all the way through advanced instruction. A thirty-minute “Learn Guitar Overnight” video isn't going to do it, and advanced instructional videos are usually too specialized and they often assume that you know more than you do. That's never a problem with Learn & Master Guitar, because it is a complete step-by-step video instruction course that takes you from any skill level, even if you're a total novice, through the advanced skills training used by the pros. Not a beginner? Just skip through the basics and jump into the more advanced training. Here are some Free Guitar Sample Lessons from the Learn and Master Course.

 

96 Licks– This is a new series from the makers of Guitar Zoom.  Its awesome!  If you are struggling with improvisation in the genres of blues rock, hard rock and metal or just want to learn some kick ass licks, this 4 DVD/2 CD course is for you.  Steve Stine is the instructor and is very personable and teaches well.  This one is not for the beginner but more geared toward the intermediate player who is looking for cool licks and how to string them together to build their own solos.

 

 

 

Kids Rock Guitar– Dan Denley of Guitar Guru Secrets released a new course called Kids Rock Guitar.  This is a great course for children of all ages to get them up and playing quickly.  The course features guitar instructor Steve Stine who is currently Professor of Modern Guitar Studies at the North Dakota State University. Steve goes through the essential things needed to begin your guitar journey in the most efficient manner so you’re up and playing quickly.  This course is really intended for the raw beginner.  Steve Stine is the same instructor that teaches the 96 Rock Licks course.

Check out some sample videos from the course-

Kids Rock Guitar Samples

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