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The Guitarfella.com states, “TrueFire really excels with its tuition for intermediate and advanced players, with a huge range of courses, lessons, and styles available. You have the freedom to choose your own learning path, which can help keep you interested and focused, even if it involves a little less hand-holding.”
Founded in 1991, TrueFire has collaborated with 600+ top educators to produce 40,000+ lessons of, what Guitar Player Magazine calls, “the planet’s largest and most comprehensive selection of online guitar lessons.” TrueFire Guitar Lessons using a patented learning system with interactive videos for personalized and private online instruction.
TrueFire’s Interactive Video Software is used for Self-Study Instruction
Students craft their own study program. They can work through the video course from beginning to end or select their favorite lessons. The student controls all aspects of their learning experience.
Video Lessons with SoundSlice
TrueFire’s website is easy to navigate with high definition photos and videos.
The lessons feature multiple angles providing close-up views of the guitarist’s hands as he/she plays. They also use SoundSlice which is a music learning platform with interactive music notation. As the teacher plays through a lesson, in a different camera angle, Soundslice follows the music notation or chord chart as the music is being played. TrueFire has teamed up with SoundSlice to provide the best way to learn any song.
Chord Charts and Music
TrueFire is currently focused on teaching techniques instead of learning numerous songs so that the guitarists are able to apply their skills in any situation. This could be a negative for a guitarist who just wants to learn songs, but it is a plus for someone who has the dream of playing professionally.
They also offer private lessons with an instructor of your choices for an extra cost. There is a wide variety of programs and costs for private lessons. In the private lesson, you get 1 topic-specific lesson with the instructor of your choice. The lesson includes a skill assessment, video messaging, file attachments, and a discussion thread for a one-time fee. The cost of the private lesson, considering the video and written assessment, the cost is very reasonable. There are several plans to choose from.
In comparison, I priced lessons in our local city. The prices ranged anywhere from $30 to $276 per hour.
I took music lessons for years. Online video lessons with an occasional private lesson, in my opinion, would be much more productive. With a video lesson, you have something to listen to and compare to your playing, whereas, with face-to-face lessons, you often miss something the teacher is saying causing your practice to be less effective and your learning slower.
TrueFire’s private lessons give you the benefit of learning from an experienced guitarist and teacher while learning from home with the video lessons and practice tracks. This is one area where TrueFire provides more opportunities than other online guitar lessons.