Online Guitar Lessons Reviews
Lets look at my personal online guitar lessons reviews with Guitar Tricks
The guitar lessons offered by GuitarTricks can be split into 3 main sections.
- Style course (Level 1 and Level 2)
- Mini courses
Let’s have a look at each.
Style Level 1 & 2 (Core learning system)
The core learning system is GuitarTricks.com’s recommended path for learning guitar. After the fundamentals, you have the chance to learn the intricacies of blues, country and rock.
Each Level is split into Chapters, and each Chapter is split into a series of tutorials revolving around a given topic.
This sounds weird written down, but it’s actually very intuitive:
In this online guitar lessons reviews of several different blues courses, when you look at the table of contents, you can immediately see the amount of thought that went into structuring the courses.
Each lesson builds on the prior, and as a guitar teacher of 15+ years, I can’t think of any blues skill/technique I would teach to aspiring blues players, that is not covered within the course.
It is safe to say that completing GuitarTricks’s blues style lessons will get you to an early-advanced level of playing.
Blues Level 1
Chapter 1: 12 bar blues, blues shuffle rhythm, turnarounds, chord voiceings
Chapter 2: power chords, barre chords, playing in different keys
Chapter 3: minor blues, minor chords, dominant chords, 12 bar blues variations7
Chapter 4: various blues strumming patterns and grooves, intro to regional blues rhythm styles
Chapter 5: blues lead techniques, blues scale
Chapter 6: getting a blues tone on various guitars & amps, and the effects you would use
As you can see in these online guitar lessons reviews, Level 1 covers basic blues concepts and techniques. Once you are comfortable with these techniques, you would turn things up a notch and move on to the next level.
Blues Level 2
Chapter 1: more blues lead guitar, building riffs, playing in different keys, minor scale, jamming
Chapter 2: the styles of Albert King, B. B. King and Freddie King
Chapter 3: blues phrasing, call and response, differing vibrato styles, bending concepts
Chapter 4: targeting chord tones, playing with a slide, blues mixed with other styles (jazz, rock, reggae, funk)
Chapter 5: advanced blues rhythm, various turnarounds, 8 bar blues
Chapter 6: regional blues styles (Jazz, Delta, Chicago, Texas, New Orleans, British)
All lessons in the blues style courses are taught by Anders Mouridsen, who is one of the best teachers on GuitarTricks.com. His calming personality is mixed with his enthusiasm for the guitar, which makes the lessons very enjoyable.
Blues song tutorials
After tackling the blues core learning system, what better way to practice and refine your newfound knowledge, than to learn to play popular blues songs?
I wanted to make sure when i created these online guitar lessons reviews to point out that GuitarTricks has an impressive collection of lessons on blues songs from many classic and contemporary blues artists. At the moment I counted about 100 blues songs in the list from artists such as:
- BB King
- Stevie Ray Vaughn
- Eric Clapton, T-Bone Walker
- Muddy Waters
- Robert Johnson
- Howlin’ Wolf
- Albert Collins
- The Allman Brothers
Seeing how the masters use all the blues techniques you learned in the Level 1 and Level 2 blues style sections will help put it all together and move you forward.
Blues mini courses
GuitarTricks has a bunch of what I would call “mini courses” for beginners on various guitar styles, including the blues.
These mini courses are taught by different teachers, and are relatively short in length. Around 5 to 30 minutes, depending on the course.
These are great for quick practice sessions when you don’t really have enough time to dive into something too deeply.
What kind of mini courses will you find?
- Blues riffs
- Blues rhythm techniques
- Blues orchestration
- Using major notes in minor pentatonics
- and so on…
Pros of GuitarTricks’s blues lessons
- Well structured for beginner to intermediate blues players
- Great collection of real blues songs to learn
- Fun jam-along videos
- 2 week free trial, yippie ?
Cons of GuitarTricks’s blues courses
- No really advanced material
- Few acoustic fingerstyle blues lessons
- A few of the mini courses must be older and thus are not HD