The Best Online Guitar Lessons for Any Skill Level

  • January 10, 2014
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Updated: January 19, 2021

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There are so many options when trying to learn guitar online! Many cost money, yet plenty don’t cost you a dime. I’ve tried several guitar lesson membership sites. I like to explore the best resources to recommend to my students. Online guitar lessons save you tons of money over private ones. Who provides the best online guitar lessons?

These are my top 3 lesson providers. Each will also have a link to a more in-depth review beneath it.  At the end of the post you will find a list of great, free online guitar resources. Bookmark ALL of those!

Paid Online Guitar Lessons

#1. JamPlay

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Score: 9.9/10

In terms of features, lesson variety and overall value to the customer, JamPlay has the competition beat by far. They feature more learning tools, such as games to help with note memorization, pitch recognition, and more.

Additionally, the all-star line up of professional guitarists as teachers is too cool! You get to learn the most important information about guitar, with a twist from your favorite guitarists.

The most notable features of JamPlay are their vast lesson and song variety, the note memorization game, personal Q&A sessions and massive line up of professional guitarists. The only downfall JamPlay has is being the more expensive online solution, at $20/month. Still an excellent price for the overall quality they offer with a membership.

In my opinion, Jamplay offers the best online guitar lessons around.


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#2. GuitarTricks

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Score: 9.7/10

GuitarTricks is actually a very close 2nd to JamPlay. They feature comparable quality online guitar lessons with all the same supplementary materials. Additionally, they feature the CORE learning system which is designed to bring a complete beginner to intermediate level.

At that point the guitarist chooses the style (genre) of guitar they want to explore further, and the learning system continues with a favor toward the selected genre. It’s an excellent learning system and they put a big focus on theory, which I’m a huge supporter of.

The interface may not be as sleek as JamPlay, but with a 2 week free trial, GuitarTricks comes in at a close 2nd place.

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#3. InfiniteGuitar

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Score: 7.6/10

The most affordable of the 3, InfiniteGuitar is an often overlooked option. Though not as feature rich as the competition, the lesson quality is just as excellent. Each lesson comes with supplementary content as well. There is a large community for you to ask any questions you have along the way.

One thing to note about InfiniteGuitar is it’s “song lessons”. There are many lessons within this category, however only a handful are genuine song lessons. Many of the guitar lessons are “in the style of..”. Personally, I think this is great because you can learn how to play the songs you want, but also instantly add your own feel to them as well.

At $10/mo, InfiniteGuitar is a no brainer if the other 2 options are too expensive for you.

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Free Online Guitar Lessons & Resources


Score: 8.3/10 offers a wide variety of video guitar lessons, completely free of charge. While the majority of the lessons offered are eared toward beginner guitarists, there are some advanced lessons as well. They also offer gear reviews and jam tracks for you to practice with.

There aren’t a million features like paid sites, but for a free resource this is a great one to use.


Score: 7.5/10

Like, Justinguitar is a website full of free video guitar lessons. The home page can be a little overwhelming with links to different kinds of guitar lessons all over the place, but if you take the time to break through that you will find plenty of golden nuggets.

One thing I really like about JustinGuitar is that he has taken the time to put together courses for several different subject. For example, say you would like to work on your transcribing skills- just click the “Transcribing” link on the homepage.

You will be brought to a page with a feed of video lessons related to transcribing as well as a description underneath each explaining that videos content. If you can get past the interface, this is also an excellent online resource for guitarists.


Score: 8/10

If you know guitar you likely know GuitarWorld. They offer free lessons, tips, articles, news- everything. Also, since they are one of the larger Guitar companies, they often feature famous guitarists who share their own tips and wisdom.


Score: 7.1/10

With the home page set up like a traditional blog, it can be hard to find the guitar lessons on GuitarHabits. The lessons can be found under the “Archive” button in the main navigation, which I’ve linked to above. They offer a wide variety of text and video guitar lessons absolutely free. There’s also a free eBook giveaway on the post sidebar.


Score: 6.8/10

Most of the lessons on here are also geared toward beginners, but they are very well written. I often use resources of these articles when explaining new concepts to my new students. They offer very helpful diagrams and explanations in their lessons. If you’ve been following this website, you probably know writing is not my strong suit. If you want a much better worded explanation of something I have taught here- they probably have it over there. But of course, that’s why I have a comments section.. 😛

#6. HowtoTuneaGuitar

If any website should be bookmarked as a beginner it is this one. They offer not only a custom online guitar tuner, but text lessons on how to detune to any funky tuning you desire. However if those lessons are a little beyond your experience level, the custom tuner does everything from standard to Drop B to ..well, you get the idea. This was a go to website for me when I first started learning songs. Just hop on, find the tuning the song is in, get all tuned up and go.

Very easy to use site with lots of additional resources hidden in the background.


I hope this post will help you decide what the best online guitar lessons provider is for you. There are many options available to you, so if one doesn’t seem to be working out don’t be afraid to try a new one. Most paid options have 30, 45 or 60 day money back guarantees and great customer service departments.

If you have any questions or know of some helpful sites, please feel free to leave me a comment in the comment box below. I’ll get back to you usually within 24 hours. Thanks for reading!

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  1. Has anyone checked out this guy at a website He shows you how to play some of the best classic guitar solos, claiming they are note-for-note accurate, and I so far I think he’s spot on. He shows you some Zeppelin stuff I could never figure out before. He’s got some free stuff out there but I paid for a couple of other ones and it was well worth it.

  2. Hey… Just looked through this list and came across woww..that brought back some memories, that’s how I first started to learn guitar 🙂
    Awesome post Devon!

  3. Thanks for all the awesome informations…..glad i found you here, I will stop by from time to time, just to look for more precious posts – Janine

  4. Every time I stop by my friends house I see his guitars sitting all over the house and it claws at me a little each time. I am very happy to see that you also included some free sites and review on them as my financials right now are not open to picking up another hobby. Thanks!

    1. Hey James, not a problem! I certainly understand life does not always allows for people to pay for guitar lessons. They can definitely be expensive. It’s exactly for that reason that I also included as many free guitar resources as I could think of.

      Additionally, websites like GuitarTricks offer free trial memberships that you can utilize without spending a dime. Worst case you can sign up for one, take a bunch of notes and cancel to avoid getting charged. Definitely worth sticking around, though!

      Thanks for the comment!

  5. A short and sweet review of the places where to get guitare lessons. Also people can choose which one they like base on the expense and the experience they have.

    1. Thank you for the kind words, Andrew! I appreciate the comment. You’re spot on! There are a variety of price options available from website to website. Finding one that works for your as a student, as well as your wallet, has been made fairly simple. Well, that’s at least what I wanted to do with this post. Thanks again for the comment!

  6. I’ve toyed about with the idea of learning the guitar while I was working in Hong Kong, but I ended up not doing that because my job kept me glued to the chair for far longer than I would have liked.

    This limited the amount of time I could set aside to sit down with a guitar tutor, so an online course like the ones above would have been a godsend as I could fit my learning around my job.

    1. Hi Ken, you are absolutely right! I’ve always held jobs that worked me long, awkward hours. Online guitar lessons are the perfect solution for those pressed for time. You don’t need to make (or break!) any appointments. It’s whatever YOU want to learn, 100{790f71337e6d98064c4c8714ea5ae8212dc273c8f6afc851cec3faf612e5f056} on demand. Thanks for the comment!

  7. I like that you give us many different options to choose from. If one doesn’t work out for us, there’s always others.

    1. Hi Kierra, thank you for the comment! You’re absolutely right, there are several available options so finding a guitar lesson program that works for you is extremely possible.

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