If you haven’t heard of Udemy, it’s an online learning platform aimed at adults who want to gain or improve their skills, or explore their passions in pretty much any discipline you can imagine. The good news is that there are a ton of quality guitar courses on Udemy that you probably haven’t heard of, and the even better news is that the quality of most Udemy courses is far higher than your average YouTube trawling session. The platform itself incorporates video, audio and PDF downloads seamlessly into structured courses that you can go through at your own pace. So, if you’re tired of trawling YouTube for hours on end and want to go straight to the good stuff, let’s see what Udemy has to offer in the way of guitar courses.
1. Complete Guitar System – Beginner to Advanced
This course features a complete, step-by-step system which takes you from beginner right up to advanced techniques and concepts. The course was designed by Erich Andreas and contains 288 videos with PDFs, 29 hours of lessons, bonus material and a 30-day money back guarantee. I honestly don’t think I’ve ever come across a more thorough and comprehensive guitar course than this one. The course currently has over 24,000 students enrolled and a cumulative rating of 4.4 out of 5.
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2. The Professional Guitar Masterclass
If you’re looking for a course aimed at providing you with all the tools you need to either turn pro, or become the most complete player you can be, then this is the course for you. GIT graduate Michael Palmisano leaves no stone unturned in this comprehensive journey from power chords right up to some of the most advanced music theory concepts, and everything in between. In short, this is the perfect course for ‘filling in the holes’ that a lot of players suffer from, and just making everything click in general.
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3. StichMethod Blues Master Class
You may have seen bluesman Ian Stich’s videos on YouTube while searching for blues guitar lessons. He’s definitely one of the best instructors out there because, quite simply, he explains things so well. This is something I also strive for in my own books and lessons. so I really appreciate it when someone takes the time to really work out how to transmit knowledge in the simplest way possible. On this course, you’ll learn blues soloing and chord playing while carving out a deeper understanding of the blues than you’ll get with most teachers out there. Check out Part 1 and Part 2, you won’t be disappointed.
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4. Learn Guitar: Zero to Guitar Fingerpicking in 30 days
This is a great course for beginners and experienced players (who want to learn fingerpicking correctly) as it breaks it down into easy-to-learn chunks with plenty of exercises to allow you to perfect the techniques. What I like about this course is that it’s very well paced and provides you with a constant sense of progression and achievement. Fingerpicking is a somewhat underestimated skill on guitar, often associated with jangly folk songs, but what a lot of players don’t realize is that it’ll give you unmatched versatility in virtually any genre.
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Heads-up: There’s also an intermediate course available too, check it out here.
I can see why this course is getting a lot of good reviews: it’s an interesting guitar course. By interesting I mean that there’s a lot of great content to get your teeth into and an incredible bang for your buck. Holding the interest of players as they go from beginner to intermediate is a tough task, but course creator Marco Cirillo really pulls it off here. Don’t be fooled by the title, this course will take you all the way up to scales and more complex chords in an easily digestible way. I wouldn’t recommend this course if you’ve just picked up a guitar, but high beginner to intermediate players will get a lot from it.
Truefire’s Corey Congilio and Erich Andreas from Complete Guitar System have teamed up to bring us the perfect course for anyone that just wants to learn to play blues by themselves. The course is designed in such a way as to contain something for everyone, whether you’re starting out in blues, you’re at a plateau, or you’re pretty comfortable and are looking to expand your chord vocabulary or start getting into the jazz blues genre. My favorite part of this course is the turnarounds section, as this is one of those things that needs to be taught well–and you won’t be disappointed–to add that extra touch of professionalism to your playing. All in all, this a great course for anyone wanting to take their blues playing to the next level.
There are plenty more guitar courses where these came from, as well as courses for other instruments, which you can check out here.
If you’ve never taken a course on Udemy, I highly recommend the experience as the quality of the videos and materials provided is very high, and there are no annoying ads, or self-proclaimed guitar gods begging you to subscribe to their YouTube channels.