Guitar 360 ~ Review

AJ received a guitar this year for her birthday.  She took piano lessons for a little while, but has been asking to learn how to play the guitar for years. She finally had her own guitar and was excited to start learning. The only problem was that guitar lessons near our home were quite expensive. For eight 45 minute sessions with kids ranging from six years old and up it was going to cost over $150. That is only about six hours of instruction where the instructor’s attention would be divided among up to eight kids. On top of the price was the difficulty of getting her to the lessons. We ended up holding off on the lessons. Her grandma taught her a few chords and she looked some things up online to teach herself.

While she did learn a few things, she was not progressing very quickly. She was also picking up bad habits that she saw others using. Then we were blessed with the chance to review an online program that would teach her how to play. We received the Semester 1 Bundle (including 5 weeks of Absolute Beginner bonus content + the 13 weeks of Semester 1) from Guitar 360 Method. It came just in time for AJ to sign up for the talent show at our co-op.

About Guitar 360

Guitar 360 Method
Guitar 360 is a set of online guitar lessons that are taught by Krisz Simonfalzi. The intention of the lessons isn’t just to help you learn to play a few songs on the guitar. Instead the idea is to give you a solid foundation in the guitar. After the 13 weeks of lessons, you should have the knowledge and confidence to play well and to create your own songs.

The course is broken into 13 weeks of lessons. Each week there is a goal for the lessons. The first week the goal is Foundations for Versatile Rhythm Guitar, where the goal for week six is Understanding Chords. Each week has a group of videos that teach about the goal. They vary in length from a short 2 minute video that teaches some vocabulary, to longer videos that teach techniques. In addition to the video lessons there are also printable PDFs with information.

You are able to view the videos as many times as you want. Once you feel you understand the topic you are able to park the lesson complete. Most lessons have practice videos that you should work on on throughout the week to make sure you are comfortable.  Some weeks also have quizzes to check what you have learned.

The best part is that you are able to view the videos as often as you need to, and you can go back to previous lessons. The course is self paced and simple to use.

How We Used It

AJ had already been practicing a song with some free music she found online to get ready for the talent show. But she wasn’t playing it correctly. I decided to have her continue to practice the song while slowly working through this program. She would log in on her Kindle Fire and watch the lessons and practice along with the practice videos to improve her technique. She is still learning so she spent some time on the free beginner lessons that Guitar 360 offers. They are still the same high quality videos, with the same entertaining teacher. They just focus on things that absolute beginners need to know.

I can’t believe they offer the beginner lessons for free. I think the beginner lessons helped her to become more confident to work on the first semester of lessons. She still has a while left to complete the course. Right now she practices a few days a week. But eventually that will increase.

Playing Guitar at talent show after Guitar 360

As for the talent show, she played a song and did a good job. It wasn’t perfect but it was easy to see her technique has improved along with her confidence.

What We Thought

AJ loved the lessons. The teacher was full of energy and obviously passionate about playing the guitar. The videos were professional quality. The variety in the videos kept her interested. Her favorite part was being able to watch the videos as much as she wanted to work on her technique. The best part for me is that she can practice where ever she has internet access. I don’t have to find a way to get her to the lessons.

The value of the program is amazing. For less than it would cost for six hours of instruction at the local community center, you can have access to more than 13 weeks of lessons. Right now the company is offering 20% off if you use the coupon code HOMESCHOOL20 at checkout, which makes this an even better deal!

If you or your child are interested in learning to play the guitar, I would highly recommend Guitar 360. I can’t wait to see what she will be able to do once the course is finished.

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