25 Best Guitar Websites - TheGuitarLesson.com (2024)

I would estimate that there are literally hundreds of thousands of guitar-related websites on the Internet, with a few hundred popping up every month. While many of these sites will have something valuable to add, I tried to collect the best guitar websites, the ones that I think will be most useful to my guitar students.

Now, this is nowhere a definitive list or guitar directory, but it's a good start.

If you find a site that you think is innovative and worthy of being called one of the best guitar-related sites on the net, then please leave a comment and if I agree, I'll add it to this list. Oh, and don't just spam comment links. If you don't explain why you think your proposed guitar site is awesome, I'll just delete your comment.

Instead of just presenting an insanely long list, I've separated the sites into categories to make everything easier to digest and find. Click on a category and you'll magically be taken to that part of the page.

Paid lessons

Higher quality guitar lesson siteswill offer some free lessons, butcharge a recurring fee for accessto all tutorials and content. The Internet has evolved from simply providing video lessons. The best sites will offer added value stuff, like interactive guitar learning games and guitar tools, so stuff that makes a guitar student's life easier.

But I think the main benefit of paid guitar lesson sites is that they have lots of well outlined courses. YouTube and free sites don't have structured courses, so guitar students end up jumping from one lesson to the next and not learning much.

I have a separate lengthy post on the top sites offering online guitar lessons, but here is an abridged list of the best paid-for guitar lesson websites:

GuitarTricks

GuitarTricks.com is a video guitar lesson website with literally thousands of lessons. They have lots of teachers teaching guitar lessons in all genres and difficulty levels. They also have several online guitar tools that guitarists will find useful.

Presently, they cost $14.95 per month, or if you pay for a year in advance, the monthly rate goes down to $10.75 per month.

They also have a 2 week free trial offer you can try here.

TrueFire

TrueFire.com is another massive guitar lesson site, catering to guitarists of all levels. You can stream their material online for a flat monthly or yearly fee, and also order their courses on DVD. TrueFire really shines in the number of very specialized courses it offers. It's also worth noting that Steve Vai and Tommy Emmanuel are among their teachers. They also have a neat jam play software package called In The Jam, which allows you to play with a "real" band and control each band member individually.

Here are my thoughts on the pros and cons of Truefire.

LickLibrary

LickLibrary.com is another video guitar lesson site, but their material is for more advanced players. They have lots of DVDs as well, which can be purchased online or in music stores. This is the only lesson site that has lesson packs that teach all songs from a given album, for example, the Gun n Roses Use Your Illusion album.

They are pricier though, monthly membership is $25, yearly is $224, and individual courses are $40+.

TheGuitarLesson.com

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And last but not least, TheGuitarLesson.com, this site you're on right now.

We are a video tutorial website focusing on beginner guitarists, with each tutorial having on screen animated tablature and chord diagrams. It's great for beginners because they make the lessons easy to follow.

There are several pricing plans starting at the $1 three-day trial, $9 monthly membership, or the 9-month membership, which comes out to $6 per month.

Free lessons

Remember the saying, "You get what you pay for!" Well, it's not always true.

There are some guitar lesson sites out there that offer quality, relevant tutorials without asking for money. Of course, everyone's got to make a living, so these sites generate income by displaying ads, asking for donations, selling products, or recommending other sites for a commission.

Either way, the main product of the following sites is totally free, so here are some of the best free guitar learning websites:

JustinGuitar

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The video lessons you'll find on justinguitar.com are not just useful, but structured as well. He has courses covering different genres and in various difficulties as well. Of course, the production value isn't as high as with the paid sites, but the educational value is on par.

The videos are free to watch, but many ads interrupt them. Also, you can only access written tabs if you buy tablature books.

GuitarLessons.com

GuitarLesson.com is a good free website for anyone looking for video guitar lessons, the only downside is that their tutorials aren't structured as well as Justin's. But the material is still valuable, so another tool in your arsenal.

They also offer paid lessons, but if you're going to pay, I would recommend GuitarTricks over them.

Song tablature

Of course, when you learn the guitar, you'll want to play your favorite songs as well. Why else would you bother? (Other than looking cool of course...) So anyhow, there are many tabs websites out there.

The free tablature sites are community based, meaning any given song is tabbed and uploaded by a member of the community, so any regular person. This will mean that a lot of the tabs will be bad, but thankfully, the best tablature sites have rating systems, where other people can vote on how accurate and useful the given tablature is. This saves you from looking over 89 versions of a song's tablature.

So without further ado, here are the best guitar tablature websites:

Ultimate Guitar

Ultimate-guitar.com is the biggest tablature website on the internet. If the song's been written, you'll find the tabs for it on Ultimate Guitar. In fact, you'll probably find several tablature version on the site to any give song.

I don't like using them on Mobile though, since they are very aggressive in trying to sell you upgrade, after which they continue upselling.

911 Tabs

The cool thing about 911tabs.com is that it scrapes the tablature pages of every tablature website, and returns all of them for you. So let's say the version of Smells Like Teen Spirit you find on UltimateGuitar is not to your liking, hit up 911tabs, and a search will reveal the relevant page on every tablature website there is. It can be overwhelming, but it beats going to each site one by one.

Guitar Pro tabs

This Guitar Pro tabs site offers what it says, free tabs for the Guitar Pro software. You can also purchase their entire database of tabs for $9, giving you an endless supply of tabs, enough for several lifetimes.

Online guitar tools

Awesome online guitar tools can be created thanks to the modern web technology of today. There are tools to replace not just the software you would otherwise have to download, but also physical hardware. Not to mention guitar teachers...

All right, so here are the most useful guitar tools you'll find online:

Chordbook

The interactive guitar chord and scale generator & finder on chordbook.com is unmatched in user experience. It used to be a Flash based website, but they recently converted it to HTML5, which means it'll work perfectly on mobile devices as well. Way to keep up with technology!

Music Theory

MusicTheory.net is similar to the above site, but this one includes some guitar related exercises as well, such as tests to help you learn the fretboard, etc. This site is not made with Flash, so it should run perfectly on all mobile devices, which is great! If you want to learn even more theoretical things, make sure you visit out music theory for guitar lessons.

Drum machine

If you don't feel like downloading drum tracks, or want to create something of your own, you'll definitely want to have a look at Drumbit. It's a free online drum machine (mobile friendly), you can easily add all kinds of drum sounds and create a custom, looping drum track to play along with.

Acousterr

Acousterr.com is one of those really simple, yet really useful sites that make your life easier. Its tab maker lets you create perfect monospace tablature very easily, since all of the formatting is done for you. If you ever set out to create monospace tabs, you'll know that formatting would be the hardest part of it. It also plays your tabs, an added bonus.

And my favorite part, the line-break. If you've ever tried to create monospace tabs, you know that the worst part is having to put the tabs in a new line. With acousterr's tab maker, you just press enter and all the tabs from that point will enter into a new section of tabs.

ChordChord

ChordChord.com is a nifty little site, it generates great sounding chord progression for you at random. You can tweak a few settings, and even improvise along with your newly created "backing track". It's also interesting to see the large combination of chord progressions that sound great, which is especially important for beginners stuck in the I-IV-V scene.

WikiLoops

WikiLoops.com is a site where you can download all sorts of backing tracks and loops created by other people. Unlike GuitarBackingTrack.com, these backing tracks are not song specific. You have a great search form, where you can pick your genre, time signature, tempo, key, and be presented with free backing tracks you can use as you see fit.

Technical

There are many technical aspects of the guitar, which guitarists of intermediate-advanced levels will be interested in. These range from custom rigs, guitar wiring, changing pickups, all the way to building your own amps and guitars. As you would expect, the Internet has info on this as well, you just need to know where to find it.

GuitarMetrics

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If you like gadgets and play guitar as well, you'll enjoy browsing GuitarMetrics.com. The site is filled with all types of guitar gear that you won't find at your local Guitar Center. You can get lots of interesting guitar gadgets and also larger items like travel guitars and effects pedals.

BuildYourGuitar

Have you ever thought how cool it would be to build your own guitar? Or maybe modify a few things on your existing guitar? Well, if you have, than BuildYourGuitar.com should be your first stop. You'll also find an exhaustive list of guitar building links, books, videos, sites on this website.

EquipBoard

If you ever wonder what kind of guitars, amplifiers, effect pedals your favorite guitarists use, have a look atequipboard.com/role/guitarists. It is a community-driven site, where people can upload the gear that guitarists use, as well as proof of it being used (YouTube video, image). You'll find pretty much every famous guitarist you can think of, and even not-so-famous ones. Being a community site, there are some incorrect things though, which are usually marked by members of the community.

News

If you're craving some news on your favorite bands, guitar brands, interviews, or anything from the guitar world, there are several guitar sites that will suit your appetite for guitar news. I can't really too many specific things about these sites, since they all post guitar related news stories, so this is a simple list of the best guitar news sites on the web:

Guitar World News

Guitar World news, a site on guitar news.

Music Radar News

Music Radar also has a section dedicated to guitar related news stories.

Ultimate Guitar News

The same goes for Ultimate Guitar news.

Software/Apps

Not everything is in the Cloud (yet), there are a couple of really useful guitar software that you need to download, install, and use on your computer. I'm guessing these will be in the Cloud in 10 years time as well, but for now, here are my picks on the best guitar software:

Guitar Pro

GuitarPro is hands down the best guitar tablature editing/playback software available. The possibilities you have at your fingertips is just huge, not just for composing, but also for learning your favorite songs. Guitar Pro also has built in tools, such as a metronome, tuner, scale/chord finder. Check out this tutorial on getting started with Guitar Pro to see why this is such a useful tool.

eMedia Guitar Method

The eMedia guitar method is an interactive guitar instruction program aimed at total beginner guitarists. The program is pretty old, it could use a facelift, but the material in it will be really useful to people just picking up the guitar, who don't want to learn from online lessons or a guitar teacher. eMedia also made other guitar method software, one for intermediate guitar, the other for blues, but they weren't nearly as good as their beginner program.

If you are interested in this program, you can buy it cheaper on Amazon.com, than on the eMedia website. Just so you know 😉

General Coolness

If something is just plain cool, you gotta let people know about it, right? Yes! These sites don't really, or more precisely, don't completely fall into any of the set categories, but you need to see them.

Moises.ai

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This AI tool is very helpful for any guitarist, and any musician. Moises can separate the different tracks from a song, and let you manipulate the volume of any instruments or vocals separately, as well as the tempo. It does this surprisingly well.

In fact, you can create guitar backing tracks with it for any song you want to play along to.

All right, that's my time, not it's your turn. Which sites did I miss? If you think there are any other guitar-related websites that are TRULY great, leave them in the comments below. Make sure you leave at least a 2 paragraph long description of why you think your proposed site should be on this list.

25 Best Guitar Websites - TheGuitarLesson.com (2024)

FAQs

What is the best site for learning guitar? ›

Our top picks
  • Best for beginners: Fender Play. ...
  • Best for intermediate players: Guitar Tricks. ...
  • Best for content volume: TrueFire. ...
  • Best for simplicity: Guitareo. ...
  • Best free lessons: Justin Guitar. ...
  • Best for teachers: ArtistWorks Guitar.
Mar 22, 2024

How many hours to master guitar? ›

Malcolm Gladwell, in his best-selling book The Outliers, writes that it takes 10,000 hours of practice to reach mastery. If you want to just be “advanced” it's about half that, so 5,000 hours. If you are practicing for 2 hours every day, then you are gonna clock in about 700 hours per year.

How many years does it take to get good at guitar? ›

Around the 3 – 5 year mark, you will start noticing that you are getting really good at playing the guitar and you will probably move into a late intermediate level player.

What is the hardest thing to learn in guitar? ›

Learning Songs by Ear: The Ultimate Listening Test

This skill, often referred to as 'playing by ear,' can be quite a challenge. It involves recognizing notes, chords, rhythms, and translating them into guitar playing, all in real-time.

Which platform is best for learning guitar? ›

The best guitar learning apps at a glance:
  • Ultimate Guitar.
  • Songsterr.
  • Fender Play.
  • Chordify.
  • BandLab.
  • TrueFire.
  • Justin Guitar.
  • Guitar Tricks.
May 16, 2024

Is guitar harder than piano? ›

Although many feel it takes longer to master, the piano is a bit easier to actually play. If we look at the technical differences, the theory that goes into mastering both is quite different. The structure of a piano is quite logical, as is the sheet music.

Is practicing guitar 2 hours a day enough? ›

Conclusion. Practicing the guitar for two hours a day can lead to remarkable improvements in your musical skills, physical health, and overall well-being. From developing your playing technique and finger strength to boosting your memory and cognitive skills, the benefits of consistent practice are extensive.

What is a realistic timeframe to learn guitar? ›

From my experience, most students will be able to play things they feel good about in 3-6 months. This is also the time where you might realize it's harder than you thought.

Is Guitar Hero harder than real guitar? ›

Some Rock Band and Guitar Hero songs are more difficult than playing the same songs on a real guitar.

How long does it take to memorize chords on guitar? ›

A: The time required to memorize guitar chords varies from person to person. It depends on factors such as practice consistency, individual learning abilities, and the complexity of the chords. With regular practice and effective techniques, significant progress can be made within a few weeks to a few months.

What is the hardest style of guitar playing? ›

While some styles may be harder than others, hard work and dedication can help musicians master any style they choose to learn. Classical guitar style is arguably the hardest due to its technical demands, but with patience and persistence, anyone can learn it.

What is the hardest major chord on guitar? ›

The six-string F chord is one of the hardest standard chord shape to play on the guitar. When many people try to play the F chord on guitar (and often succeed), it's with far too much struggle and effort than is actually necessary.

What is the hardest song to learn on guitar? ›

These are officially the 64 hardest songs to play on the guitar – how many can you play?
  • Cliffs Of Dover – Eric Johnson.
  • Fracture – King Crimson.
  • Sultans Of Swing – Dire Straits.
  • Through The Fire And Flames – DragonForce.
  • CAFO - Animals As Leaders.
  • City Nights – Allan Holdsworth.
  • Drifting – Andy McKee.
  • Eruption – Van Halen.
Dec 5, 2023

Can you really learn guitar online? ›

If you're still wondering is possible to learn guitar online, the answer is YES! If you define 'learning guitar on your own' as watching and listening. And then attempting to understand what they are playing from scratch with no musical expertise on a guitar, will be challenging.

Is it worth learning guitar online? ›

An in-person tutor is likely to be more beneficial to a new guitarist – as we already mentioned, setting a strong foundation is important. However, if you're an intermediate guitar player, you might want to try online classes and resources to improve certain parts of your playing.

Which app is best for learning guitar for beginners? ›

The Best Guitar Learning Apps for Beginners
  • Ultimate Guitar.
  • Fender Play.
  • Gibson App.
  • Solo.
  • GuitarTuna.
  • JamPlay.

Where do you start learning guitar? ›

The Basics!

I always start every first guitar lesson with: the body parts of the guitar, the open string names, basic fretting technique and basic strumming technique. These fundamentals are extremely important to get right in the beginning to then build upon later down the track.

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