Are Webcam Guitar Lessons Effective?


unnamed-56Many teachers are now offering webcam guitar lessons to attract more students. Some of the teachers who offer webcam lessons are not, in my opinion, good or qualified teachers. At the least, some teachers are not selling themselves or their services accurately. 

The truth is that there are benefits and limitations to taking guitar lessons using a webcam. For some students, webcam guitar lessons provide the structure, education, and accountability that they need. Other students may discover that the limitations outweigh the benefits. If you choose to take webcam lessons, my advice is to stay away from teachers who say that webcam lessons are exactly the same as in-person lessons. Look for an honest teacher and you will be better for it.

Benefits of Webcam Guitar Lessons for Students:

  • Transportation costs, driving time, and parking hassles are eliminated
  • Lessons are longer since students can tune and warm up beforehand
  • It is more comfortable for students to play in their own home
  • Students have more teachers to choose from

Limitations of Webcam Guitar Lessons for Students:

  • Teachers cannot play along with students as they can in person because of the delay
  • Technology occasionally malfunctions

Learn More about my Online Learning Method to see how I work around the limitations of webcam lessons.


Get More Out of Your Guitar Lessons and More Out of Your Guitar

“The Guitar Lesson Companion” method book series takes teachers and their students seriously, and it’s fun to use because it makes it easy to learn the skills you need to play the music you love. These books offer a clear, flexible, and progressive structure with plenty of good sounding exercises, so students and teachers reach their goals faster than ever before.

What’s Your Goal?

Whether you have a guitar teacher who is always asking you what you want to learn each lesson, you prefer learning on your own using a book and videos with occasional lessons, or you’d like to take weekly lessons with me in Seattle or via Skype/FaceTime, pick up your copy of “The Guitar Lesson Companion” method book series today and enjoy the process of learning the skills you need to play your best.

“The Guitar Lesson Companion” is used by teachers and students in over 10 countries, including faculty at Berklee College of Music.


Susan Palmer teaches jazz, blues, and rock guitar styles in Seattle and via webcam. Since 2006, she has been the guitar instructor at Seattle University. Palmer created and taught, “The Rock Project” at Cornish College of the Arts from 2010-15, and she was music instructor at Seattle Girls School for the 2016-17 school year. Palmer is the author of, The Guitar Lesson Companion Method Book Series which is used by teachers and students in over 10 countries, including faculty at Berklee College of Music. Her extensive collection of lesson videos and jam tracks are available for free on YouTube. Palmer’s current and former students perform regularly throughout the country, including these Seattle venues: The Comet, The High Dive, Skylark, Neumos, The Hard Rock Cafe, Chop Suey, The Tractor Tavern, The Rendezvous, The Sorrento Hotel, The Crocodile, The Mix, Cafe Racer, The Edgewater Hotel, The Sunset, and other private events.


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Are These The Method Books You’ve Been Searching For? 

 √ COMPREHENSIVE studies for guitarists of all ages, especially serious college level jazz, blues, and rock guitarists
 √ PROGRESSIVE format takes absolute beginning guitarists step by step into the advanced level
 √ EXTENSIVE reading, chord, and improvisation studies, enhanced with the exclusive online Audio Tracks
 √ WORKSHEETS help students gain a thorough understanding of notes, theory, chords, and improvisation
 √ SPIRAL BINDING keeps this book open on your music stand
 √ FREE ONLINE LESSON LIBRARY covers the topics in the books Volume One and Volume Two
 √ FLEXIBLE FORMAT for students taking group or private guitar lessons

Which Book is Right for You?

The Guitar Lesson Companion, Volume One is a music reading primer, a chord and scale jam guide, and a basic theory workbook. It’s jam-packed with comprehensive exercises that were designed to take an absolute beginner step by step into the intermediate stages of playing. This book will challenge the average student for 2-3 years with weekly lessons.

The Guitar Lesson Companion, Volume Two is an advanced theory workbook, a chord tone and mode improvisation guide, and a stylistic chord resource. It is a continuation of the first volume, designed with the serious intermediate and advanced level music student in mind. This book will challenge the average student for 2-3 years with weekly lessons.


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