Speaking with tons of guitarists over the years, we have found a few common questions come up for most of them (including ourselves).

These common questions, plus a few about this website in particular, are listed below with our answers…

Q: How long does it take to learn guitar?

A: Depending on how you define what it means to learn guitar, a good rule of thumb is that if you stick it out for a solid year of practicing regularly, you will have a great foundation laid with all the basics and be able to play some songs.

Q: What is the average cost of guitar lessons?

A: The cost of guitar lessons varies wildly by geographic area if you’re looking for private instruction, though it typically falls somewhere in the $15 – $30 range for 30-minute sessions. This can really add up over time, especially if you take 2-3 lessons/week ($25/lesson x 2 lessons/week x 4 weeks/month = $200/month), which is one of the reasons we recommend looking into taking lessons online (about 90% cheaper).

Q: Which guitar tabs site do you use?

A: We both like Ultimate Guitar, and have been learning songs from it for about 10 years now.

Q: Are Online or DVD lessons really as good as a private teacher?

A: In general, most people find it helpful to have someone that can answer their questions (which can easily be done online), though the majority of guitarists we’ve talked to don’t like (i) driving to private lessons, (ii) not being able to record/rewind lessons like they can with online videos, and (iii) spending 10x the price just for a little extra 1-on-1 attention. It’s all about personal preference and if you’re willing to invest $100’s/month or not.

Q: Who are you guys?

A: Thanks for asking! Our names are Kyle and Brian, and we are cousins. We’ve been playing guitar for a combined 24 years, and working together building websites for years too, so we decided to make this site as a way of combining to of our interests. Feel free to learn more about us if you’d like.

Q: Where are you coming up with those ratings?

A: We are geeks that love writing algorithms in Excel, so we figured we would step up our game and create ratings that actually mean something (as opposed to the other review sites out there that just rate each product arbitrarily out of 5 stars). Though we don’t want to reveal our entire algorithm, we will say that it considers qualitative and quantitative factors with a wide array of unbiased inputs.

Q: Which lessons got the highest rating?

A: After crunching the numbers on over a dozen popular courses we bought, JamPlay came out on top.