Why Free Music Theory Lessons Online Is Something You Do Not Want. Especially If You Want To Master It and Learn It Quickly. Find Out Why Not First!
How many times have you found yourself saying, “Wish I knew how to play guitar,” just never quite got around to it cause there were always other pressing matters to attend to!
We let academics, family responsibilities and life in general get in the way, and by the time we actually get around to picking up that box guitar, we are left wondering whether it’s going to be worth the effort at all.
But I beg to differ with you, it is worth it. All you need is a clear cut direction to speed up the process. Oh! and 5 minutes of your time now.
Theres More To Music Than A Song
Rest assured, however, studying music while learning to play the guitar is easier than it’s made out to be.
Although advanced skills require lots of lessons and practice, learning to strum a few of your favorite tunes is easy and fun.
Thanks to some freely available lessons online, anyone can learn how to play songs like “Knocking on Heavens Door” or even Enrique Iglesias’ “Hero” in a matter of a few days.
Music theory, however, is a whole new kettle of fish because although it isn’t difficult, it is complex. True, it is information at your fingertips and something that you can learn at your own pace and in your own time, but no teacher means there is no structured learning path.
Problems With Just Free Lessons
You can end up goggling page after page and come up with bucket loads of information, some of it good, most of it not. Yes there is also YouTube which hosts a large number of free tutorials, a handful of which are extremely good, but the information overload (and lack of direction) can leave you reeling and discouraged.
Sure learning online allows you to develop your own unique style and it is definitely way cheaper than hiring a music teacher, but it does not address personal issues or cannot clarify any one particular step or something that may have gotten you confused.
Without a teacher, there is no real way of getting feedback or any sort of constructive criticism or on your progress. Self learning is also almost always more time-consuming and slower than learning from a skilled teacher.
Your technique will also not be as efficient because there will be nobody next to you to constantly tell you whether you are making a mistake or not – finger exercises, strumming, etc is almost always best learnt with a teacher at hand.
And while the internet is accessible any time of the day or night making it a pretty convenient teacher, you lay no proper foundation to fall back on. Also there’s a serious lack of direction and guidance and you may get a sense of not knowing where to go next.
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Finally! My 2 Cents – For What Its Worth
So what is the preferred method – private lessons or free online lessons? Both have their pros and cons, but any guitarist will tell you that it is easier to learn how to play if you have a good instructor than without.
There may be hundreds of free music theory lessons online. Yet, the ideal thing to do is to learn the fundamentals of music theory from an expert guitar teacher, before venturing on to the World Wide Web to learn and explore further.
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What would be the song you want to learn first?