GuitarTricks Review, User Complaints and Feedback

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Our Guitar Tricks review needs to begin with the fact that GuitarTricks.com is the oldest video guitar lessons website on the Internet. It was established by Jon Broderick in 1998, thus they have a lot of experience in delivering online guitar lessons. The website itself is a membership based website, which contains more than 4,000 video guitar lessons, which are taught by 45 different instructors. They have 24 free lessons available, if you want to check out the style of the lessons before becoming a member.

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During our review of GuitarTricks, we found out that the website is absolutely massive. There are lessons covering all different guitar styles and levels of playing, so it caters to everyone from the absolute beginner to highly experienced players as well. The lessons are organized and categorized in several different ways, which is a must, given the number of lessons available. You can search according to skill level (absolute beginner, beginner, easy, intermediate, advanced and extreme), which saves a lot of time because you don’t have to search through lessons that are too easy, too hard, or just not your thing. A great feature for intermediate-advanced players is that the search allows you to find lessons in the styles of famous guitarists. This section of GuitarTricks.com is called “By Inspiration,” and it lets you find played by stars from Carlos Santana, to Chet Atkins, to Eddie Van Halen to Jack Johnson, and more.

NEW! Discount on monthly membership
(Updated on Apr/21/2014)
The monthly membership price at GuitarTricks.com is currently discounted from $19.95 to $14.95!

The lesson formats offered at GuitarTricks.com vary from quick licks and riffs, to multipart tutorials, to larger courses. Most of the lessons contain HD video of exceptional quality, if you have broadband (otherwise they stream too slow). Since the website was born back in 1998, the quality of the lessons vary. The older lessons don’t have that good video and sound quality, but we only experienced this on about 5-10% of all of the lessons during our review, the rest are in HD. Each lesson has reference material, such as tabs and chord charts, which can all be downloaded in pdf format for easy printing. Another very impressive feature of GuitarTricks is that almost 100 lessons are added to the site each month.

Most of the lessons are by independent guitar teachers, which also means the audio and video quality of the lessons will vary. GuitarTricks has a quality-control review process in place to keep low quality videos from being added, so none of the lessons are bad, just some are better than others.

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What you’ll learn at GuitarTricks.com:

Styles Covered:

  • Acoustic
  • Alternative
  • Bluegrass
  • Blues
  • Classical
  • Country
  • Folk
  • Funk
  • Jazz
  • Metal
  • Rock
  • Rockabilly
  • Surf
  • World

By Inspiration

  • A.C. Jobim
  • Al Di Meola
  • Albert Lee
  • Andres Segovia
  • Angus Young
  • B.B. King
  • Brian May
  • Brian Setzer
  • Brent Mason
  • Carlos Santana
  • Chet Atkins
  • Danny Gatton
  • David Gilmour
  • Django Reinhardt
  • Eddie Van Halen
  • Eric Clapton
  • Frank Gambale
  • Gary Moore
  • Jack Johnson
  • James Taylor
  • Jason Becker
  • Jimi Hendrix
  • Jimmy Page
  • Joe Satriani
  • John Mayer
  • John Petrucci
  • Jorma Kaukonen
  • Kirk Hammett
  • N. Bettencourt
  • Paul Gilbert
  • Richie Blackmore
  • Shawn Colvin
  • Stanley Jordan
  • Steve Vai
  • Steve Wariner
  • S.R.V.
  • Taj Mahal
  • The Edge
  • Yngwie
  • Zakk Wylde

Ease of Use

The GuitarTricks.com website is easy to navigate, and the search and categorize function works superbly. There is also a structured method of learning, which relies on a 3 step study course, targeting different levels of experience:

1. Fundamentals – For Beginners

Suitable for the absolute beginner guitarist, which takes you from the moment you pick up the guitar all the way to the forming and strumming chords. No previous knowledge is required, since the beginner lessons are all step-by-step based and thoroughly explained.

You’ll become a well-rounded guitarist by learning the lessons in this section, since after the very basics, you’ll also cover scales, reading music notation and tabs, minor chords, song structure, and barre chords.

2. Style Courses – For Beginners to Intermediate

After you are comfortable with the basics, you can move on to learn different styles: blues, country, rock. Each style is explained thoroughly, as well as the techniques that you would use to play each style of music. Another great feature we found was that since each style requires different gear, amp setings, and generally a different tone, Guitar Tricks walks you through getting the right tone for the given style as well.

3. Selected Topics – For Intermediate to Advanced

Once you are at an intermediate to advanced stage, the “Selected topics” part of the website will teach you advanced techniques, styles, and also how to play like your favorite famous guitarists, such as Eric Clapton, Stevie Ray Vaughan, B.B. King, Jimi Hendrix, Zakk Wylde, etc. (see complete list above)

What You Get with GuitarTricks.com

The site offers 2 levels of membership at GuitarTricks, the free basic membership and the full access membership.

Basic Membership

  • 24 free video lessons

Full Access Subscription

  • More than 4,000 video guitar lessons
  • Full access to video tutorials and reference material
  • Downloadable Guitar Tricks FLV player to view video lessons on your computer if you don’t want to go online
  • Technique reference library
  • Many instructors teaching you (45)
  • Jam Station (150 jam tracks)
  • Large community site
  • Online metronome and guitar tuner
  • Personalization features (bookmark the things you like, history of what you’ve watched, progress indicator, etc.)
  • Quick support

Pros:

  • Huge database of video lessons, enough for a lifetime, with new lessons being added weekly.
  • Many ways you can browse and search for lessons (skill level, inspiration, tutor, style).
  • One of the best features we found during our review of Guitar Tricks is that videos on the site are all downloadable, and you get a free offline video player to view them with.
  • Very diverse in skill level, catering to guitarists at all playing levels.
  • Very affordable pricing (only $10.75 a month with the annual membership)

Cons:

  • Some of the older videos, produced back in 1998-2000 have bad lighting and not the greatest sound quality. These account for maximum 5-10% of the videos on the site.

Support Services of GuitarTricks.com

E-mail, telephone, forum

Setup/Compatibility

Flash is required to view the site’s videos on their online site. They have an independent FLV player for Windows PCs so that you can view downloaded videos from the site. An independent FLV player is currently in the works for the Mac however.

Warranty

Their warrantee includes an excellent 60-day 100% money back guarantee, so if you are not satisfied with the lessons, you can ask for a full refund within 60 days of becoming a paying member.

Price

Gift Certificates also available, if you want to give them to your loved ones as a gift. The recepient will get the gift certificate via email.

Conclusion

In conclusion of our review of GuitarTricks.com, we can say that GuitarTricks is a huge video guitar lesson database, which is suitable for all player skill levels. Because of the wide variety of material available in the website, it might be tempting to skip around, which could cause you to miss some necessary skill lessons. Guitar Tricks is a incredibly affordable online video guitar lessons site with many helpful tools that are of true benefit to guitar students, therefore it comes with our highest recommendations.

GuitarTricks is a huge video guitar lesson database, suitable for all player skill levels and is incredibly affordable.

15 comments on “GuitarTricks Review, User Complaints and Feedback

  1. Janos Kis on said:

    I’ve just bought a monthly membership, but it’s great, so I think I’m gonna upgrade to a yearly one, it’s cheaper in the long run. Thanks for the review, it helped be decide.

  2. Your password was sent to you via email, it might have ended up in your spam inbox. You can give them a call to get things going though, their number is 866-216-3786.

  3. joe spring on said:

    joined last night recieved confirmation havent been able to connect to guitartricks.com been tryingfor over eight hours ????

  4. Warren on said:

    Thank you for every other informative web site. The place else could I am getting that type of info written in such a perfect manner? I’ve a venture that I am just now operating on, and I’ve been at the glance out for such information.

  5. dave on said:

    Good website! I really love how it is easy on my eyes and the data are well written. I’m wondering how I could be notified when a new post has been made. I have subscribed to your RSS feed which must do the trick! Have a nice day!

  6. These reviews are repasted everywhere and a primary difference always given between GuitarTricks and JamPlay is the price. This being the case, it is worth noting that JamPlay also has a yearly subscription offer which lowers the price substantially. The reviewer noted that the annual membership brings the monthly fee down to $10.75. I don’t believe it was mentioned in the JamPlay review (at least not when I read it) that the annual fee there brings the monthly fee down to about $11.66. Additionally, it is relatively easy to find a 10% of coupon code for any membership at JamPlay which brings the monthly fee down around $10.50!

    The point is, don’t be too swayed by reviewers talking about price being a major factor between the two when it is not. Check them both out on trial, maybe even invest in a month of each, and then decide what to do from there.

  7. Your password is sent via email, it probably ended up in your spam inbox. Their number is 866-216-3786 by the way.

  8. I can never get in to the site after paying my money.cant find a # to call.I think so far (it’s shit)

  9. Rochell Sulser on said:

    I have been looking around for this info for quite a long time and finally happened upon your blog! Thanks for all the great tips, this site rocks!

  10. I really appreciate the chance to read a review of a guitar lessons site, before I sign up.

  11. LearnMusicEasy on said:

    Hi John,
    As you can see in our review, GuitarTricks.com offers many lessons on playing the acoustic guitar, and I definitely think it will be of help to you and allow you to advance your playing. I would suggest you sign up and check out the acoustic guitar lessons, and if you aren’t satisfied with them, just ask for your money back within 60 days, GuitarTricks will refund the total amount.

  12. guitar grandpa on said:

    Hello Everybody,
    I have a question to the editor or to someone who could help. I’m thinking of signing up to the guitar-tricks site, I’m somewhat experienced and want to improve my acoustic guitar skills. Will the site be of help in my endeavour?
    Thanks
    John

  13. vulivuli on said:

    wow, this was one of the best, really detailed review of guitartricks I’ve found so far, seems like a good online guitar lesson site.

  14. slashfan on said:

    I play electric, mostly rock and metal, and really want to learn blues. there are a bunch of blues guitar lessons at guitar tricks, thats what I use it for right now. great site, has lots and lots of material.

  15. Keith on said:

    I bought a membership a couple of months ago, and am still very satisfied. The lessons are very good and you can pause and go back as often as you like.
    There is more stuff on there than you’ll ever be able to get through, and they keep adding new guitar lessons all the time. You can download a lot of extra things from each lesson, in fact if you download everything you’ll be running out of ink very quickly :-)




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