So you’ve heard about online guitar lessons but you’re not sure whether that is a good idea? You wouldn’t know for sure until you give it a try, but there are some undeniable benefits of online guitar lessons that you should consider. Online classes are not a new thing and have proven their value and effectiveness by being the preferred learning method by many. Same goes for guitar lessons! Here are 6 perks of taking your lessons online:

  1. Choose your teacher

Probably the best benefit of learning online is that you can access great professionals of your liking anywhere in the world. You can pick a teacher that’s a good fit for you personally because your choices are not just limited to the classes within your city. You can check out performances of the teacher and look for someone with a certain specialty before enrolling. That super awesome performer you saw on Instagram can be your new teacher!

  1. Flexibililty

A lot of people are interested in learning to play the guitar, but because of lack of sufficient time don’t do it. You may have a chaotic class schedule, work commitments, or other responsibilities that scare you off because you don’t believe you can fit a class in your schedule. Taking online classes will save you a lot of time – all the travelling back and forth to a specific place – which might be just the time reduction needed to fit the guitar lesson in your day.  Also, since neither you nor your teacher would have to spend time travelling you will both be more flexible when setting the time for your lesson.

  1. Cost-Efficiency

Having one-to-one online lessons wouldn’t deprive you from much of what an in person lesson would include, but you will save money. On one hand because neither you nor  your teacher will spend money on transportation and thus the fee for the lesson would be smaller. And on the other hand you can benefit actually also from the exchange rate if your teacher is in another county. For example last year Neli moved to Bulgaria – a country whose currency is cheaper than the British pound and the Euro for example. Thus she can offer her high quality lessons for a price that would be smaller than the usual rate in other countries.

  1. Individual approach

There are numerous ways in which you can learn the guitar, but in Neli’s years of experience the best way is through individual approach. In online classes it goes exactly the same as in in person lessons. The students learn best through music they personally like – and that’s what they get – tailored lessons with their favorite songs. Online it is even easier to directly exchange songs and files with exercises in real time during the lesson!

  1. Warming up and continuing to practice

In the comfort of your home you can start with the warm up before the actual class starts. This way you will not only show off your best playing to your teacher but will also get more out of the lesson. Also after you are done with the class you can just continue practicing and make sure you got everything right. You can also reach out to your teacher at any time in  between your lessons to ask for additional support.

  1. Recording lessons

If you are learning through live online sessions, with the consent of your teacher you can easily record your lessons for review at a later time. This way you will have the confidence to cover everything from each lesson on your own before continuing forward. Your teacher can also write down what you should focus on, so that you don’t get overwhelmed.

Find out even more benefits of online lessons by enrolling in one! Neli offers 50% discount of your first online lesson! Sign up for one here today! You can also start with some of Neli Music’s free YouTube tutorials like this one and this one for free.

That simple up-and-down stroke you make across the strings of your guitar, with your fingers or a pick is called strumming – a guitar technique that is important but often underestimated. It doesn’t matter if you are a pop, metal or a rock musician – at some point you are going to want to strum the guitar. The truth is also that it is relatively simple for most guitarists with even just a bit of playing experience to learn specific strumming patterns and with some practice they come very much in handy when a certain song or style requires it.

A good strumming technique is definitely a skill in the toolkit of every pro and hobby guitarist so why not add it right away? Below you will find everything you need to kick off your strumming for free – essential tips for getting the most from your strumming exercises, a worksheet with exercises for all levels and a video tutorial where you can hear and see for yourself.

So here is how you should start:

1. Get some picks.

Unless you insist on strumming with your bare fingers, you’ll need picks. They vary in thickness so it will be best if you buy a multipack with varied ones, to choose the one that suits you best personally. Once you settle on what’s most comfortable, I suggest you get some extra picks of that thickness, because you are going to lose some for sure!

It is also CRUCIAL to hold the pick right. But we have you covered on that too – here is a video on how to hold your pick that will teach you all you need to know!

2. Loosen your wrist

In order to strum the guitar correctly you should make sure you are not locking your wrist: remember always not to strum just from your elbow. You need to relax and use some wrist motion. Otherwise you risk causing yourself an injury to the elbow, or just getting tired faster.

3. Don`t stop moving your strumming hand

Your strumming hand needs to be moving at all times, even when you’re not hitting any strings for a couple of beats. This way you will save yourself a lot of worrying about whether you need to move your hand up or down next as it will already be in the correct position. It will be much easier to be in rhythm and will save you some space in your mind to think about other components of your performance.

4. No need to hit all the strings every time

Don`t let worrying over how to hit all the correct strings get you all worked up and stressed when strumming. You might think you need to hit all the strings from a chord with every strum, but that’s not the case. Just remember that less strings is always better than hitting the wrong ones and aim for the higher strings. Remember that your main job is to keep up the groove. Don`t worry, you will get it with some practice!

5. Get excited!

Yes, that’s right! More than any other guitar technique, good strumming depends on enthusiasm. The simplicity and immediacy of strumming needs a bit of enthusiasm to really bring to life any melody. If you don`t believe that, try it for yourself – once you’ve roughly learned how to strum a song, record yourself playing it. Now put the guitar down and watch a live performance of that song – one that would really inspire you. Now get back to the guitar and pour that energy into your next performance and record it again. Can you hear the difference? Now that is the enthusiasm!

Now that you know all of that you are ready for some exercises! GET THEM HERE. And do not worry on which step of your strumming journey you are – the levels here vary from 1 to 7 so there is something for you in there for sure!An image is a worth a thousand words they say, so how much would a video be? In any case, here is also a FREE video lesson on strumming to top off everything you learned so far:

Want to learn how to play the guitar? Understandable. Who doesn’t want to play the guitar solo from their favorite track or serenade a dear person with a special song? In addition to being a lot of fun, playing the guitar comes with a bunch of other benefits that you shouldn`t neglect. Such as…

  1. Reduces stress

You are having a tough day? A walk along the guitar fretboard can make you feel much better. Immersion in an activity that is enjoyable – like playing a guitar, will make you forget all the worries. Health benefits from spending some time with your guitar have also been proven – the Harvard University Health Center conducted a study on the effects of music on patients undergoing cardiac surgery and found out that ballads do indeed reduce nervousness.

2. Make friends

With a guitar in hand, you will certainly make a lot of new friendships too. Playing in a band or participating in a jam session (a concert where all the musicians present can take part and improvise) is a great way to meet new people. The common passion will bring you together with the right people – even if you don’t play together, music is a great topic for conversation that will surely bring you closer to like-minded people.

3. Become the life of the party!

With a guitar in hand and even beginner’s skills, no party will be boring if you are there! Live music makes every event special. This way you will not only provide entertainment for yourself on every occasion but also for the rest of the people.

4. Improves math and English skills

Yes, that too! Music theory is based on mathematical concepts, including how scales and chords work. So even the brief playing of several chords actually sharpens basic arithmetic skills. Reading music is also similar to a language, and in turn sharpens your comprehension skills. Furthermore, if you are looking for information on the Internet – you will find it mainly in English, which will inevitably expand your English vocabulary. But if something is not clear, you can always send a message or email – just follow the links below. 🙂

  1. Develops multitasking skills

While playing, guitarists not only develop their musical skills – they also train their ability to multitask. To be a good guitar player you will need to be able to simultaneously:

  • Read notes, chords, or tabs;
  • Listen and analyze sounds in real time;
  • Keep rhythm;
  • Play the right strings with one hand…
  • While with the other you press the strings for the right tones or create chord shapes.

And when you get to the stage, you’ll have to keep track of what’s going on and around it… Your ability to multitask will develop at the speed of light and quickly talking on the phone while stirring a pot on the stove will be child’s play! 😀

It doesn’t matter if you are in London, New York, Hong Kong, Sicily, Cairo, Sydney, the other end of the world, or near me in Sofia, Bulgaria, to start studying! Sign up for a lesson live or online here. You can also start with some of Neli Music’s free YouTube tutorials like this one and this one.