Music Lessons

Welcome to our Lessons Resource section, a list of the tools and websites we strongly recommend for improving your musical skills.  When we were younger and just getting started in music, many of us took lessons at our local music store.  Nowadays, the internet offers even easier ways to learn, so we have put together a list of helpful resources you can use. We have reviewed and tested every recommendation on this page.

If you don’t want to spend money on lessons, be sure to check out our How-to Videos page to find many great YouTube channels you can use for free.

 

Before detailing the lessons and tools we recommend, an important disclosure:

Some of the links below are affiliate links, which means that if you choose to make a purchase, we will earn a commission. This commission comes at no additional cost to you. Please understand that we have carefully chosen these companies, and recommend them because they are helpful and useful.  Please review each product carefully before you decide to make a purchase.  Nearly all the products we recommend offer free samples, so make sure to try them out first.  Also, all the products we recommend have money-back guarantees, so you can try them at no risk.  If you have any issues with any of these products or feel like we’ve missed some great learning options, please email us at Sales@OnStageMusicSupply.com .

 

 

 

Guitar Tricks

Featuring over 11,000 lessons and 700+ songs, Guitar Tricks is one of the most popular websites for learning guitar and has been around longer than any other site.  Lessons are linked in a step-by-step sequence and are designed to help make learning enjoyable and easy.  A variety of music genres, from country to jazz to rock, are covered.  If you’re looking to learn some of your favorite songs, Guitar Tricks makes it easy with their walkthrough song lessons which feature play-along videos with a full backing band.  If you’ve watched a lesson and have any questions, a forum and messaging system is also available for students.  Monthly and annual subscriptions to Guitar Tricks are available.  As a fan of heavy metal, I do wish they offered more metal songs in the song lessons, but there are still many great songs to learn.  Also, since it’s a subscription website, make sure you are ready to invest the time needed to learn.

Who is it for?  Beginner – Advanced

How is it delivered?  Online and downloadable videos, audio files, tabs & other learning tools

Guarantee?  60 day money-back guarantee

Free demo?  Free lessons and 14 day free trial access to website

Click here to learn more about Guitar Tricks.

 

Claus Levin Sepstrup

Claus Levin offers more than a dozen in-depth guitar courses including Fusion Flamenco, Neo Classic Academy, Hard Rock Academy and more.  Once purchased, the courses are available with lifetime access, so you can take your time as you work through the lessons.  The courses aren’t cheap, but they provide an amazing amount of information and very high-quality videos.  There is a huge variety of courses available including many different styles not commonly found on other guitar lesson websites.  Many lessons are also available for more advanced guitarists, including alternate picking, soloing and improvisation.  If you’re an intermediate to advanced guitarist, willing to put in the extra effort to improve, Claus Levin is a great resource.

Who is it for?  Beginner – Advanced

How is it delivered?  Online and downloadable videos, audio files & pdf,

Guarantee?  60 day money-back guarantee

Free demo?  2 free video courses

Click here to try Claus Levin Sepstrup.

 

Kids Guitar Academy

Designed with kids and teens in mind, Kids Guitar Academy offers 90+ videos and 50+ supplemental audio and pdf files for beginning guitarists.  With a one-time fee, students gain lifetime access to the website.  Kids Guitar Academy was created by David Osborn who has 20+ years of experience teaching kids and teens how to play guitar.  Each lesson includes a featured song which students will learn and can play along with at different speeds.  The lessons use popular songs, which help keep the student engaged.  A helpline is included, so students can contact instructors directly with questions.  A discount is available for home-schooled students.

Who is it for?  Beginners, Ages 7-17

How is it delivered?  Online videos, audio files, sheet music & helpline support

Guarantee?  60 day money-back guarantee

Free demo?  Free Beginner Kickstart Course

Click here to learn more about Kids Guitar Academy and start your free course.

 

Guitar Notes Master

Guitar Notes Master is a software program designed to help you better understand the layout of your guitar’s fretboard.  It’s not just about memorizing songs, but understanding how notes, intervals, chords and scales are laid out on the fretboard.  Practice quizzes are included in each lesson to help ensure the student is mastering the information.  With this solid foundation, students learn to properly play guitar much quicker.  Because it is a software program with a one-time fee, you can progress at your own pace.  This is not an all-inclusive course, however, as it doesn’t cover technique or rhythm.  As such, the software would likely work best as a supplement to other lessons.  Also, the software is currently only available for Windows and Android devices.

Who is it for?  Beginner – Advanced

How is it delivered?  Software program download for Windows and Android

Guarantee?  60 day money-back guarantee

Free demo?  No.  Examples and information available on website

Click here to learn more about Guitar Notes Master.

 

 

 

Begin Drumming

Created by Jim McCarthy, an instructor with nearly 20 years of experience and a Master’s degree in percussion, Begin Drumming is an inexpensive introductory course for drummers.  The lessons are delivered via videos, which can be streamed online or downloaded.  Supplemental audio files and an instructional EBook are also used along with the video lessons.

When we first checked out Begin Drumming, we were skeptical because the website, to be honest, looks pretty bad.  However, upon checking out the actual lessons, we were pleasantly surprised because the content and course layout is actually really great.  Jim is definitely very knowledgeable and offers students a solid percussion foundation, including proper technique, basic rudiments, exercises and tips for playing on a full drum set.  Most importantly, the lessons include a lot of great information on music theory, which is vital as you progress as a drummer.  The video quality isn’t great, but still delivers the lessons in an effective manner and is a good deal for a program with in one-time fee.

Who is it for?  Beginners

How is it delivered?  Videos, audio files & eBook.  Available online and via download

Guarantee?  8 weeks money-back guarantee

Free demo?  5 free lessons

Click here to check out Begin Drumming and sign up for their free lessons.

 

Stick Technique

Stick Technique is a 100+ page eBook featuring 200+ photos and illustrations covering essential percussion basics such as correct stick grip, stroke techniques, body mechanics, proper practice habits and setting up your drum kit.  Stick Techniques was created by Jim McCarthy of BeginDrumming.com and offers students a great foundation with a huge level of detail on proper technique.  Best of all, you also get a free video consultation with Jim where he’ll evaluate your technique and offer helpful feedback.  It’s a great deal for the video consultation alone.  The website isn’t very pretty and the eBook is only in black and white, but you get a lot of quality content and instruction for a reasonable price.

Who is it for?  Beginner – Intermediate

How is it delivered?  Downloadable eBook, 3 free videos and free personal consultation

Guarantee?  8 weeks money-back guarantee

Free demo?  Free sample and you can contact Jim with questions before purchasing

Click here to learn more about the Stick Technique eBook.

 

 

 

Learn Piano in 30 Days

Created by singer/songwriter Rachel James, the Learn Piano in 30 Days program includes hundreds of online step-by-step videos that make learning piano fun.  Lessons range from beginner to advanced and feature a variety of music genres including jazz, country, gospel and contemporary.  Also included are lessons for learning specific popular songs with new songs added weekly.   If students need additional help, a forum is available to communicate with instructors and other students.  As an added bonus, students have access to a number of online tools for recording and practicing piano.

Who is it for?  Beginner – Advanced

How is it delivered?  Online and downloadable videos, audio files, sheet music and tools

Guarantee?  60 day money-back guarantee

Free demo?  14 day trial for $1.00

Click here to find out more about Learn Piano in 30 Days.

 

Piano For All

Piano For All is a well-structured step-by-step program that follows an innovative approach to learning piano.  The program was created by piano teacher and artist Robin Hall.  Instead of starting with sight-reading and notes, Robin begins by teaching students basic chords and songs so they can see results quickly.  This helps keep beginners more engaged because they can actually play and practice songs they know.  The lessons are delivered via 10 downloadable eBooks which contain hyperlinks to video and audio files.  The lessons can be downloaded individually or all at once.  For a one-time fee, Piano For All is a great learning tool and lets students learn on their own schedule.

Who is it for?  Beginner – Intermediate

How is it delivered?  10 downloadable eBooks with hyperlinks to videos and audio

Guarantee – 60 day money-back guarantee

Free demo? Sample videos

Click here to learn more about Piano For All.

 

 

 

Red Desert Violin

If you’re interested in learning to play the violin, Red Desert Violin offers beginner to advanced lessons using the very popular Suzuki method.  Fiddle and music reading courses are also available.  The website and videos are very high quality and the lessons are comprehensive and utilize proven teaching methods. Lessons are delivered via videos on the member’s website and downloadable audio and pdf files.

Who is it for?  Beginner – Advanced

How is it delivered?  Online videos and downloadable audio & pdf files

Guarantee?  60 day money-back guarantee

Free demo? Free membership which includes weekly emails & tips

Click here to check out Red Desert Violin and sign up for your free membership.

 

 

 

Singorama – Learn to Sing

The Singorama Learn to Sing program was created by vocal coach Melanie Alexander and covers singing fundamentals including vocal calisthenics, breathing technique, proper posture, singing in harmony and more.  The lessons are delivered in 28 downloadable audio files and a supplemental eBook for a reasonable one-time fee.  As a bonus, a studio software program is also included so you can record yourself singing.  This allows the student to review their performance, track progress and make singing technique adjustments.  As a bonus, additional software programs are also included with your purchase, such as Perfect Pitch Pro and Jayde Musica (music reading tutor).  The Learn to Sing program features a one-time fee, which is a good deal for the amount and quality of instruction you’ll receive, but keep in mind, lessons are delivered via audio files, not video.  If you learn better with videos, you may consider another option.

Who is it for?  Beginner – Intermediate

How is it delivered?  Downloadable audio files, eBook & software programs

Guarantee?  60 day money-back guarantee

Free demo?  Samples available on website

Click here to find out more about the Singorama Learn to Sing program.

 

Superior Singing Method

The Superior Singing Method offers a variety of courses which cover all aspects of singing including daily training exercises and instructional videos, to help make you a better singer.  The series was created by Aaron Anastasi, a vocal coach with a very successful YouTube channel.  Comprehensive singing courses are available or you can purchase individual mini-courses on specific topics.  Topics covered include proper pitch control, tone, vocal control, projection and much more.  Lessons are available for both beginners and advanced vocalists and may be downloaded or viewed online.

Who is it for?  Beginner – Advanced

How is it delivered?  Online and downloadable videos, audio files & eBook

Guarantee?  60 day money-back guarantee

Free demo? Free singing lesson video and vocal exercise audio

Click here to learn more about the Superior Singing Method.

 

Success for Your Songs

The How to Write Songs That Sell series is a five module program dedicated to helping musicians write better songs.  The program begins by examining the elements of great songs and how to incorporate those elements into your writing process.  Included are lessons on generating song ideas, creating melodies, writing lyrics and creating compelling song organization.  Learning modules are delivered via online video courses with downloadable audio and pdf files.  Each lesson includes exercises to help learn and remember the concepts covered.  If you’re struggling to write new songs or want to improve your existing music, their programs can help take you to the next level.

Who is it for?  Beginners – Advanced

How is it delivered?  Online videos and downloadable audio files & eBook

Guarantee?  60 day money-back guarantee

Free demo? Free cheat sheet with tips

Click here to find out more about Success for Your Songs.

 

Singorama – Superior Songwriting

The Superior Songwriting course was created by Singorama and covers the creative and business sides of creating popular new songs.  The first part of the course concentrates on technical elements of songwriting such as lyrics, rhythm and melody along with helpful tips like breaking writer’s block.  The second part of the course, which is really unique and helpful, details step-by-step information on how to market your songs including networking and working with music publishers and entertainment lawyers.  The course is available for instant download with a one-time purchase.  Three added bonuses are also included: Rhyme Master Pro (rhyming dictionary software), the Song Writing Creativity eBook with practice exercises and mini recording studio software.

Who is it for?  Beginners – Advanced

How is it delivered?  Downloadable eBooks & software

Guarantee?  8 week money-back guarantee

Free demo? No, but money-back guarantee if unsatisfied with purchase

Click here to see if the Superior Songwriting program is right for you.

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