Web 2.0, the technological advancement of the internet that supports improved user-interfaces for navigating through previously complicated websites, has revolutionized the way people use the internet. With the increase in popularity of the guitar lately, (thanks in no small part to a recent rise of the videogame ‘rock star’ simulation using plastic guitar replicas played in time with popular musical performance reproductions) the rise of the interactive guitar lesson using web 2.0 technology offers anyone interested in learning the guitar an unmatched method of gaining guitar skills quickly, and easily.

As with any traditional guitar class, an interactive guitar lesson from an online source would first assess whether a new user is a beginner, an intermediate, or an advance guitar player. Let’s assume that the player is a beginner, what can they expect from interactive guitar lessons? Firstly, a new player of the guitar will be prompted to memorize and identify parts of their guitar (i.e. the headstock, body, and bridge) and understand what their functions are.

This helps students recognize when and where a guitar may need repairs, and helps them take proper care of the instrument. Next, the interactive lesson would cover how to string a guitar properly, useful when one of the nylon/steel strings accidentally snaps or is cut somehow and needs to be replaced. Tuning the instrument is a snap using an interactive lesson guide, especially in combination with audio to help new players know when the instrument is in tune.

An interactive guitar lesson really shines when covering the different methods of finger picking and fretting. What before was a difficult guitar training exercise becomes a breeze as the interactive lesson is capable of pop up new windows to show diagrams for numbering fingertips, charts for scales and chords, and help when learning the intervals between frets. Showing a video of the proper finger and hand placement when play chords and scales helps the new student mimic and successfully learn these aspects of basic guitar play with ease.

After they practiced these basic steps, the interactive lesson is ready and waiting to take them along to the more intermediate sections after however long it takes them to finish, providing flexibility in lesson pacing and the comfort of not having a deadline to work against (unlike many traditional methods of teaching).

Yet another benefit of interactive guitar lessons is the optional feedback many online sources provide. If you have an internet connection (and you do if you’re using an interactive guitar lesson) you can quite easily find similarly new guitar players around the world to trade tips and tricks with, and bounce off questions and answers to various guitar message board communities.

It’s like having a whole musical department at your fingertips! With these and other benefits, the interactive guitar lesson has emerged as a very attractive method for learning how to play the guitar, no matter what skill level you are at. Instead of living in the past with an often troublesome traditional guitar learning experience, join the future by trying out the fascinating web 2.0-powered interactive options!

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