A problem facing some players is the fact that there is a shortage of upper intermediate to advanced level guitar tuition available on the web. Traditionally most people who search for guitar lessons online are beginners or improver’s so most web resources are focused in upon this bigger market. If you are now beyond that level in your guitar playing but still wish to continue learning, what should you do?
The best option is to stay online but concentrate your efforts in the guitar DVD market. You’ll find a far greater supply of intermediate to advanced guitar lessons on DVD and there are numerous sites where you can go through some great catalogues full of every technique and style you can imagine.
The second option you have is to find a local guitar teacher who is good enough to take you on. It will be important to make sure he or she knows your level and what you’re expecting from the lessons. Just because someone is a guitar teacher does not automatically mean they are an advanced guitar player! So be very clear about what you want to learn and give them the opportunity up front to tell you if they can accommodate you or not.
The third option is to teach yourself from books. This is what most advanced guitar players do as it’s certainly the most cost effective and you’ll build a library of guitar books which will stay with you for life. The thing about self tuition is that you have to be very motivated to do it. It’s takes a real desire to want to learn and improve but assuming you have that, buying books to study and learn from is still the most popular way to go for the more advanced player.
Just as with guitar DVDs you’ll also find great catalogues of guitar books online and it’s always nice to get a CD with them so you can hear the examples first hand. This also helps in being able to quickly decide what you do and don’t want to learn from the book simply by skipping through the accompanying CD.