Thursday, November 15, 2018

Online Guitar Lessons!! - Guitar 360 Method - Semester 1 Bundle Review

Guitar 360 Method

Lydia is a sponge for life learning.  She recently had the opportunity to review the Semester 1 Bundle from Guitar 360 Method.  What a fun new option for learning how to expand musical literacy!!

Like most parents, we really try to make sure that the kids get to try as many new things as they possibly want to.  Lydia is definitely our "try everything that she can" kid.  She tried guitar lessons several years ago, but switched to violin.  At the time we just could not fit in extra guitar lessons too.  So she had to choose.  She started piano, but still wanted to try guitar again.  She really was small when she tried guitar.  But looking at balancing the schedule of all 4 kids, plus Joe's travel schedule, I had no idea how to fit more lessons into the week.  Until now..... Our most recent review from Guitar 360 Method has opened up a whole new world of online music lessons to us.

Guitar 360 Method

Guitar 360 Method - Semester 1 Bundle is a different approach to music lessons.  There's no driving or traffic to fight.  You save time and money with zero commute!!  And I can assign her guitar lessons to fit into our weekly schedule.  So I'm not completely at the mercy of a set time every week, especially since Lydia's attention span and ability to concentrate well can change quickly and changes often.

Guitar 360 Method style of teaching is video based instruction.  You can purchase a Semester long bundle that consists of 13 weeks of lessons.  There is also an Absolute beginners course, which is where we started.  Lydia did not remember any of the material that she had learned was several years ago.  So she needed to spend a couple weeks re-learning chords and holding the guitar properly.  In fact, she actually needed to spend 4 weeks on that practice, since she is a perfectionist on these types of details.  

Each lesson is not overwhelming and she can rewind and pause whether she wants to practice that skill longer or she just needs to get up and move a bit to stay focused.  I really liked this option for kids with ADHD.  They can make the needed adjustments and still continue their lesson without complete frustration.  When you are trapped into a set timeframe for a music lesson, and you cannot concentrate, you will not be able to learn or retain any information given to you.  That is a huge waste of money.  It also keeps the student from progressing.  The Guitar 360 Method gives students and their families more freedom to adjust to what the student really needs.

I typically set up my laptop where she wanted to sit and be comfortable.  Since the lessons are the perfect length for Lydia's attention span, she would watch the lesson, practice, and then re-watch the lessons each week and practice more.  I did attempt to schedule her guitar lesson for the same time each week, just so that she would feel like it was important.  I did not want this to turn into another online class that could easily be pushed aside and forgotten.  (That happens way to often in our house.)  I like that I can schedule these for outside typical times.  But if she is struggle with anxiety, mood swings, etc, I have the flexibility to move her lesson....without paying a penalty fee to a music studio!!

The interface for the Guitar 360 Method is extremely user friendly.  So I would just make sure the laptop was set up and could go and sit on the couch to watch/listen .... just like I would in a waiting room if we were actually going out to a guitar lesson.

She simply clicked on the lesson, and the video lesson would come up on the screen.  If she felt comfortable, and read to move to the next lesson she simply would mark the lesson complete.  And could move on.

Something else I really liked while we have been using Guitar 360 Method ... she could repeat and listen to the videos over and over if she needed to.  We all need that.  Maybe we just do not completely understand, or the sound we should be producing is just like what it should be.  Lydia could watch and even pause the video to compare her fingerhold to what Krisz was doing.  

Krisz's video really makes you feel like he is sitting in the room with you.  I think really sets this program apart from other video programs you might see.  He even includes two bonus songs, which we have not gotten to yet in her program.  

Lydia is absolutely loving what she is learning using Guitar 360 Method.  I usually have to tell her it's time to move on to other things as she is practicing.  I am absolutely loving so many things about the Guitar 360 Method.  The fact that Lydia loves it is at the top of the list.  There are so many benefits of learning to play at home.  The cost of Guitar 360 Method is so much cheaper than what I have paid in the past for music lessons.  Plus I'm saving on gas and I can stay at time is valuable too.  I can fold laundry or get supper started while she is working on her guitar lessons!!  The ease of use and the upbeat personality that Krisz has during each video just keeps encouraging Lydia to continue, even when she is frustrated.

I definitely recommend checking out Guitar 360 Method.  There are lessons for beginners, and also those who already know the basics of guitar.  Guitar 360 Method has a lot to offer!  We cannot wait for them to continue.  I just wish that Krisz played drums too....I need a program like this for Caty to increase her drum skills!  

Several members of the Homeschool Review Crew were given the opportunity to review Guitar 360 Method - Semester 1 Bundle.  Click on the banner below to see how they used this program in their homes, and what they thought of it.

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