So you’re looking into learning guitar (or another musical instrument) online and you want to know what is better– Online music lessons, learning how to play guitar with an app, or going the traditional route and hiring a music instructor.
Learning guitar on your own
When you decide to start learning guitar, it’s easy to get excited, go out and buy your first beginner guitar, learn to tune it or even get right in and learn how to change the guitar strings. But when you get home, you sit down in your chair and open up a tabs site and realize you don’t know the first thing about playing a guitar. You search YouTube, find a few tutorials and your fingers start hurting. Maybe after a day you start learning a chord or two, but after a while, it’s hard to find motivation and your guitar starts collecting dust. So you hire a music teacher.
Using a music teacher
This is the most traditional route. Using a music teacher to learn guitar is how people have been learning for years now! And I’m not going to lie, it’s a great tool. Having one on one interactions with a teacher, actually seeing what they are doing, asking them to slow down, and being able to ask if your form is right is convenient and a great asset to learning the guitar.
But there are some cons to this approach. It might be great to use when you have no idea how to play at all but the problem with using a music teacher is finding the energy and effort to practice at home and make your lessons worth your time and money. Most teachers cost between $50-100 per session, depending on where you live. And if you’re going to be spending that kind of money, you need to have the right kind of motivation. That’s where Yousician can help.
What is Yousician?
Yousician is a music learning app. It offers a wide variety of exercises aimed toward learning a musical instrument like the guitar, bass, ukulele, piano or singing. Learn at your own pace, whenever and wherever you want. The curriculum, designed by expert music teachers, will help musicians of all levels improve, from complete beginners to professionals.
Instant feedback and interactive playing
The app listens to you play and gives instant feedback on your accuracy and timing. Unlike Fender Play, the Yousician app let’s you know if you have played a note right, have strummed all of the notes in a chord or hit the notes at the right time.
No Fancy Set Up
You don’t need a fancy set up to start playing. You can get an acoustic guitar with no chords and start playing! Even if you don’t have a guitar yet, you can try Singing.
5 instruments to learn!
Yousician has 5 instruments you can learn. Guitar, Bass, Ukulele, Piano and Singing. Guitar is the first instrument released by Yousician and therefore has the most music to choose from in the catalog. Yousician has over 2200+ exercises in Premium+ content and has close to 5000 exercises created by our talented in-house musicians, The Yousicians.
New Songs To Learn Every Week
Yousician adds new licensed content from popular artists every week and also adds new Yousician songs every week with the Weekly Challenges.
Easy To Learn Multiple Styles
Yousician has a syllabus learning style. You can choose from lead, rhythm and knowledge. You can alternate from one to the other as much as you want and learn at your own pace. Scattered throughout the syllabus are great instructional videos and mini games meant to help you learn music theory. This offers a great way for beginners to really learn the instrument and understand music thoroughly.
Yousician offers Premium+ content
When you sign up with Premium+, you gain access to the licensed content, aka popular songs you might recognise from the radio. Yousician has songs made famous by Coldplay, Slayer, R.E.M., Sublime, P!nk, Goo Goo Dolls, Alabama, Hunter Hayes… the list goes on. You can see a collection of songs on the Yousician Songs website.
Genre’s include Rock, Pop, Blues, Metal, Country, Classical, Chill, Indie and Alternative, Jazz, Funk, Electronic and many more. Yousician songs have extremely accurate transcriptions of popular songs. So when you learn the music, you are learning the actual tabs and notes of the song that were released by the artist.
Learning is made easy
Even the songs made by Yousician in-house are exceptionally well made, have fun lyrics and teach you techniques and skills you want to learn. For example in this video for learning guitar at level 5, you would learn how to successfully play a hammer-on.
There’s no need to worry about learning guitar as an adult and only having children’s music to play. With Yousician, we have a wide variety of music for beginners and almost all of our songs are offered for levels 0-2 along with all the way up to level 15. So you can have never picked up a guitar (or ukulele, bass, piano, or singing) in your life and start playing songs you recognise from the very beginning. Here is an example of a piano song at level 1 and a piano song at level 11.
Yousician is not only for beginners
It is also a great way for people who already know an instrument to jump right in and start playing medium and hard content. It’s also a great way for someone who used to play an instrument as a child and wants to get back into it. You can take skills tests and move through the beginner levels if you already know how to play an instrument. While other sites like Justin Guitar or Ultimate Guitar Tabs are great for showing you how to play tabs for guitar, Yousician not only has tabs, but you will listen to all the professionally recorded backing tracks with extra guitar, bass lines, drums, singing and all other enhancements that sound like you are playing along with the band.
How much does it cost?
If you are interested in learning an instrument other than guitar, Yousician offers pricing plans. You can choose to access the Yousician Originals library, great for learning the fundamentals of the instrument you choose, for $9.99/month billed yearly. Or get full access to thousands of songs, teacher-crafted lessons, workouts and exercises for all instruments for $14.99/month billed yearly. There are also monthly plans with no yearly contract at $19.99/month and $29.99/month respectively.
If you compare that to using a music instructor, which can be $50-100 per session, it’s a great deal. Learning more than one instrument at a time can be super beneficial. Learning Ukulele and Guitar at the same time helps with stretching and hardening your fingers. Ukuleles are a great way to jump into learning a stringed instrument. They are often looked at as children’s toys, but they are actually a unique sounding tool that can create some amazing songs, especially pared with singing.
Yeah, but can I really play in a band using an app to learn an instrument?
This Yousician fan started learning Bass using Yousician and now stars in a professional band! Here’s proof! Go play some of Burning Code’s songs on yousician today.
Try Yousician for free for 7 days with the free trial.