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.



I wrote “The Guitar Lesson Companion” Method Books to help students get more out of their guitar lessons and to help teachers save time and be more effective in their studios. These books offer a clear, flexible, and progressive structure with plenty of good sounding exercises, which help students reach their goals faster than ever before. Fellow Guitar Teachers: Let’s meet via Skype / FaceTime to see if this series is right for your students. Visit: The Teachers’ Lounge

 Which book is right for you? What’s your goal?

The Guitar Lesson Companion, Volume One

The Guitar Lesson Companion, Volume Two

  • Switch between popular chords fast and clearly
  • Understand college music theory concepts
  • Add new rhythms and grooves
  • Spice up your rhythm guitar with practical triad inversions
  • Get a solid introduction to music theory on guitar
  • Master the chord tones (arpeggios) in all positions, all keys
  • Learn how to read music and develop good technique
  • Use a clear, progressive structure to master the design of the guitar
  • Solo using patterns from the CAGED system (with the jam CD)
  • Play walking bass lines, quartal harmony, altered chords and resolutions
  • Know how to figure out what key a song is in, or write songs in specific keys
  • Train your ears while improvising with 8+ hours of backing tracks

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