Best online guitar lessons 2024: remote learning platforms for guitar players, tested by experts

Whether you’re an established guitar player looking to add to your library of skills and techniques, a total novice picking up the guitar for the first time or you're heading back to school or college and want to take your six-string skills to another level, the best online guitar lessons can give you a major helping hand. There’s a growing collection of high-quality platforms available to you in 2024, all for a monthly fee and each providing its own unique set of features to help you master the instrument at home or on the go.

1. Best for beginners: Fender Play

1. Best for beginners: Fender Play

We found Fender Play to be one of the highest-quality and most rewarding platforms for learning the guitar online, and it's constantly evolving with new lessons, courses and songs added regularly. It’s an ideal platform for total beginners, with guided paths and lesson plans ensuring you’ll become proficient in what you want to learn.

Fender is currently offering 50% off an annual plan for all Guitar World readers, dropping the price from $149.99 to just $74.99 for the whole year – that's just over $4 per month. Just add the code guitarworld50 at checkout to see your discount.

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2. Best for intermediate players: Guitar Tricks

2. Best for intermediate players: Guitar Tricks

Guitar Tricks has developed their content over the last 25 years and with over 11,000 lessons and more than 900 song tutorials, Guitar Tricks has a lot more to offer intermediate players than many of its counterparts. They also offer a 60-day money back guarantee if you're not totally into it.

Enjoy your first month of Guitar Tricks for a single buck at this link and start improving your playing for way less than you'd pay for a cup of coffee. You'll get a free gift as part of the deal, too.

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3. Best for content volume: TrueFire lessons

3. Best for content volume: TrueFire lessons

TrueFire has more lessons, tabs and jam tracks than you’ll ever realistically need (like over 50,000), along with a selection of well-respected teachers to learn from. We particularly like the slow-mo and looping features, where you can single out a tricky passage and have it repeated slowly until you nail it.

TrueFire also offers lessons taught by industry-leading teachers, Grammy Award-winning artists and world-class touring musicians. In case that wasn't a good enough reason to sign up, you can save 30% off an All-Access subscription and all courses with the exclusive code GWTF30.

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4. Best for star tutors: ArtistWorks Guitarfor free

4. Best for star tutors: ArtistWorks Guitar

ArtistWorks goes big on the personal touch. As well as having some world-renowned instructors – including Paul Gilbert, Jared James Nichols, Keb' Mo' and Andy McKee – it enables you to submit your own videos for assessment with a real tutor. Your allocated instructor will review your playing and point out places you can improve.

You can currently try ArtistWorks Guitar for free.

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5. Best for usability: Guitareo

5. Best for usability: Guitareo

Guitareo contains a massive selection of videos and other resources that teach you how to play guitar. If you’re a complete beginner, they’ll go right from the start, covering all the basic information without it ever seeming patronising. We found it to be well laid out and easy to navigate, with super friendly presenters.

Guitareo is currently offering a 30-day free trial to all Guitar World readers.

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6. Best for gamers: Simply Guitar

6. Best for gamers: Simply Guitar

Simply Guitar proves that learning guitar doesn't have to be complicated, and practice time need not be dull. It's a friendly iOS/Android app with a fun gamified approach, that holds your hand all the way, from first asking you whether you even own a guitar, right up to teaching you how to master the fretboard.

Right now if you sign up for a year you can save $30/20%, dropping the annual cost from $150 to just $120. At $10 per month after the discount this is amazing value.

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7. Best free lessons: Justin Guitar

7. Best free lessons: Justin Guitar

For total beginners, Justin offers one of the best introductory experiences going, and it’s all free. For more advanced players, there’s loads in the way of tutorials and downloadable practice resources, meaning there’s something for everyone.

Sign up for free here.

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Recent updates

04/19/24: We updated the JTC Guitar entry to reflect the new name and also to add more depth to the entry. This coincided with us publishing our full JTC Guitar review.
02/16/24:
We've added clearer labels to each of our top product picks to make it obvious which online service is aimed at which type of player.
01/25/24: This guide has been given a refresh for 2024 to make it easier to navigate and easier to find the right guitar lessons service for you. If you're in a hurry, we've added quick reference 'buy if/avoid if' boxes to each product entry so you can instantly see if a service is right for you.

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Chris Corfield

Chris Corfield is a journalist with over 12 years of experience writing for some of the music world's biggest brands including Orange Amplification, MusicRadar, Guitar World, Total Guitar and Dawsons Music. Chris loves getting nerdy about everything from guitar gear and synths, to microphones and music production hardware.

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