As I cruise through the enormous amount of guitar tabs and online guitar lessons, I see that some of the creative methods people are using to give online guitar lessons and guitar tabs are very imaginative and effective. The possibilities seem endless. The decisions on who and what to use as an instruction aid are more important. I certainly can’t check every lesson out, but I’ll try to catch the best ones out there. Songsterr is another great tool.
One of the best methods of learning to play the guitar and read guitar tabs I mentioned in my last post on “Guitar Tabs and Online Lessons“. I think for beginners that would be the best site, since you are dealing with real live teachers on video, who can start you from scratch or elevate your playing level from beginner to intermediate, or change styles.
This site is also for beginners, but has more to offer for intermediate players. I have used it extensively in the past. The basis behind this site is an interactive guitar music engine. It would probably be easier if you took a look at Songsterr than let me try to describe it.
I have spent hours upon hours using the interactive guitar tab engine. The site has plenty of songs, in fact I was really surprised to find some of the songs I was goofing around with. As you may know my main vibe is Jimi Hendrix and Stevie Ray Vaughan and the blues. As far as I’m concerned, learning Hendrix is a matter of resigning myself to an isolated practice room for most of my life. Man, would that be great or what?
Stevie Ray plays easier music, that is not a knock, no one ever played the 12 bar blues like Stevie Ray Vaughan. In essence he took that to new level. A level we should all strive for. Jimi is too ‘out of the box’ and ‘unpredictable’ to learn in an the usual manner. Either you were born with the Hendrix vibe or not, it is hard to learn. Fortunately I was bottle fed a lot of Jimi Hendrix from the time he hit the scene.
Back to Songsterr. For instance, last night I was messing around with Suzie Q #4365 wriiten by Louisiana-born singer and guitarist Dale Hawkins. Although we remember the Creedance Clearwater Revival version of it for the most part. The tabs actually move while the music engine plays the notes in the proper timing. You can loop sections you want to go over a few million times. It also has a on half speed switch to slow a section down. It even teaches how to read guitar tab.
I’m probably not doing this excellent learning and play along with tool justice, I hope you go and visit it. It seems odd that I can play a decent version of “Little Wing” or “Voodoochild by Hendrix” or “Mary Had a Little Lamb” by Buddy Buy and SRV and “Pride and Joy” by SRV, but my oldies chops sucked. By using the Songsterr guitar tabs and music engine for the oldies, it has improved my overall timing and playing ability.
Don’t take my word for it, you can check it out for free. I decided to get a membership to Songsterr a while ago for a test drive. I think it cost me $9.95 per month. It’s a good solid and inexpensive investment as far as I’m concerned.
It costs anywhere from $75.00 to $125.00 per month in my town of Fort Pierce, Florida to take guitar lessons. No disrespect intended, but it seems everyone is a guitar teacher now. It costs more in Washington, D.C., I know that for a fact because my niece takes Guitar lessons locally in Maryland by a qualified guitar teacher, not on the internet, and it costs more there, than in Florida.
Take some time and have a little fun, check out Songsterr and let me know what you think. I’ll be very curious. GuitarPlayersCenter.com