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Learn to Play Guitar with These 5 Websites

Justin Pot 09-01-2016

Stop saying you’ll do it, and actually do it: learn to play guitar in 2016. Here are a few sites that can help.


We’ve gone over some essentially free beginner guitar lessons Two Essential Free Guitar Lesson Sites For Beginners What new guitar players really need are some basic lessons and some sort of plan to help them practise the skills they need to get better at playing. Both of these are easily achieved with... Read More before, but there are a bunch of new sites since then with realtime chords and lessons. These sites can teach you to play the songs you love, hopefully making it easier to stay motivated. Are you ready to give this another shot? Then let’s get started.

Chordify: See Realtime Cords as Songs Play

We’ve shown you sites to find guitar chords for songs The 6 Best Websites to Find Guitar Chords for Songs You can learn to play the guitar with only a few chords. Find free guitar chords for all the most popular songs on these websites. Read More , but never anything quite like this. Chordify doesn’t just give you a bunch of chords: it plays the song for you, and shows you when to play each chord in realtime. Here’s what that looks like:


The black box you see moves along with the music, so you know when to switch to the proper chord. Follow along with your guitar and you’ll be amazed how many songs you can teach yourself.

Assuming, of course, that you already know some chords. If you don’t, you might need a few lessons.


Pickup Guitar Club [Broken URL Removed] ($10/month): Lessons Built Around Songs

Pickup Guitar Club is a decent place to start. This is a curriculum built around learning a series of songs, with a guitar-hero inspired interface that shows you which notes to play when. But when you fail you won’t be booed: instead, you’ll be encouraged to try again. The founder explains more here:

There are a few free lessons offered, so you can try things out and get an idea of whether you’ll like it. After that, you’ll need to pay $10 a month (or $60 a year). It’s not exactly cheap, but a great deal less expensive than private lessons.

Instinct [Broken URL Removed] ($15 per course): Guitar Lessons That Listen to You Play

If you’ve got a microphone on your PC (and you almost certainly do) check out Instinct. This website is a series of courses built around learning specific songs. The step by step lessons include a visual component, showing you where to put your fingers, and an audio component, listening to your playing and giving you advice as you go.


You can start any of the courses and do a couple of lessons for free, after which you can pay to continue — most courses are $15 as of this writing.

It’s similar in many ways to Pickup Guitar club, but happily both offer a few free lessons to try out so you can get a feel for it. Instinct’s per-course method might be a better fit for people who aren’t sure how long they’ll stick to their guitar habit, or can’t commit to an ongoing subscription.

GuitarTuner (Web): Tune Your Guitar Online

When I was a kid I packed a guitar tuner with me for tuning in loud places. I’ve no idea where that thing ended up, but I’m sure lending it to a friend was my big mistake. No matter: these days any computer or phone can be a guitar tuner, thanks to sites like this one.


Just pluck your string and see what note you’re playing, then adjust until you see the correct note. Simple. There are other sites with online guitar tuners 5 Cool Websites With Guitar Tuning Tones Read More , but this one is clean and simple to use. You can even read the story of how it was created if you like.

Guitar! (iOS): Guitar Hero for Your iPhone

Learning guitar is hard work. If you need a break, there are plenty of great music games out there that don’t require a plastic guitar The Future Of Music Games In A Post-Plastic-Guitar World Like trends tend to do, our plastic instruments have fallen out of favor. This doesn't mean the intersection of music and games has been abandoned. These six new and upcoming titles. Read More . The aptly named “Guitar!’ is just one example. Think of it as Guitar Hero for your iPhone. It even comes with a Freestyle Mode for messing around:

Fascinatingly, the vocals used in this game actually come from players in another game made by the same company — so it’s kind of like you’re jamming with them. Give it a shot if you want a quick distraction, but then get back to practicing – it will all be worth it.

Oh, and if you want a Guitar Hero clone for your computer, Frets on Fire is a classic and is even compatible with old songs from those games if you’ve still got the discs kicking around. Just saying.

What Guitar Tools Did We Miss?

We want to know: which guitar teaching tools did we miss? Which have worked for you? Let’s compile some more in the comments below. And be it resolved that we will all rock out regularly in 2016.

Related topics: Cool Web Apps, Education Technology, Hobbies, Song Lyrics.

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  1. Stephen W Elliott
    July 10, 2016 at 3:47 am

    I like Yamaha's Chord Tracker

  2. Astrofotograf
    January 27, 2016 at 2:45 pm is a great website.
    Also, not a website but a program, but very good: Guitar Pro

    • Justin Pot
      January 27, 2016 at 3:02 pm

      Thanks for a couple more tips!

  3. doir
    January 10, 2016 at 4:03 am

    Yousician is really good.

  4. trixs
    January 9, 2016 at 7:34 am

    nice to got it

  5. Andy
    January 9, 2016 at 7:07 am

    You forgot Rocksmith!

    • Justin Pot
      January 9, 2016 at 4:57 pm

      That's another great one, thanks for pointing it out.

  6. Metalhead
    January 9, 2016 at 6:55 am

    You missed,

    • Justin Pot
      January 9, 2016 at 4:57 pm

      We'd covered that one before or I totally would have included it here!

  7. ksdzfd
    January 9, 2016 at 5:55 am