My Next Level Guitar Review
I’d like to share here in my Next Level Guitar review why it’s my favorite over-all, full-blown, A to Z guitar course. You may also be wondering “How and why did you first get involved with Next Level Guitar?”. Good question! Let me explain…
My guitar journey didn’t take me immediately to The Next Level Guitar. As mentioned on this page, my dad was my first guitar teacher. It was an exciting time and I was so happy to be sharing that experience with my dad. I had just started getting down a few basic “cowboy chords”, overcoming the sore fingertips, learning some beginner songs and makin’ a little music. Then it happened…
Dad suffered a stroke. 🙁
He had always been such a strong man and so the stroke and it‘s weakening effects not only came as a surprise, but was also very humbling to witness. Dad suddenly no longer had the energy and ambition to do many things he once did, including teaching me guitar.
While dad was still around to be my audience and biggest fan, I knew I would need a replacement guitar coach if I was going any further in my guitar journey. Local instructors were too expensive and besides, I live a good ways from town and so just the trips to and from lessons would be time-consuming and costly. So, I began looking into online guitar training and discovered a guy named David Taub and his site The Next Level Guitar.
Next Level Guitar Was Just What I Needed
I could tell from David’s intro video that this was exactly what I needed…a step-by-step program to teach me exactly what I needed to know, when I needed to know it. And all in bite-sized chunks averaging between 8 – 12 minutes.
Plus, I wouldn’t need to even leave home or ever fight traffic. I could just log on whenever I felt like it. Besides, the cost was a tremendous bargain compared to local lessons! I could get full access to all the lessons to watch and re-watch for less than what just 3 hours of local instruction would cost.
As it was getting close to the New Year, my thoughts also turned to where would I be in my guitar journey the same time next year if I didn’t join? I didn’t like the thought of that. Dad and I both had invested a lot of time in getting me started on my guitar journey. It was too painful to imagine all that for nothing. The decision to join became a “no-brainer”.
Online Membership + Song Lessons
So, I signed up for a full-access membership to the site and also picked up 5 of David’s song lessons on DVD. I chose some standards like:
- Don McLean’s American Pie
- Lynyrd Skynyrd’s Sweet Home Alabama
- Pat Benetar’s Hit Me With Your Best Shot
- Boston’s More Than a Feeling
I also picked out one mostly because I already knew it would be more difficult and would give me more to learn once I got the other songs down:
- Heart’s Barracuda
However, I wasn’t sure which of those “easier” song DVDs I should work on learning first as I didn’t want to get overwhelmed, so I emailed David for his suggestions. He quickly replied and put them all in order of difficulty for me. He also explained what’s difficult for one person may not be for another, so it’s rather subjective. But he went on to explain how, for example, American Pie is just all strumming so that would be “easiest“ compared to the others.
Getting There One Video at a Time
I then made it my mission to learn that one first. Every night, I would set aside some time to login to the site and go through 1-3 training modules to “build my chops”. Afterward, I would reward myself by putting in the American Pie song DVD and spending some time learning this classic song.
Before I knew it, a year had passed and I found myself miles ahead in my guitar journey. I had an understanding of guitar that I once thought was beyond me. I was playing songs I never thought I’d be able to play. Dad would comment on my improved playing. I knew it was all because David was able to keep my interest up in the lesson videos by making them fun and entertaining to watch. And by presenting them in an orderly, step-by-step program.
My Next Level Guitar Review Summed Up
I fondly recall how David Taub and Next Level Guitar became my “substitute teacher” once Dad was no longer able to teach me. Dad left this world last year, but I’m ever grateful for the many gifts he gave me during my life, not the least of which was getting me started on my guitar journey.
I’m still a full access member of NLG and enjoy the continual progress in my guitar journey as I move further and deeper into the lessons. It’s also encouraging to be able to easily look back at the list of “Completed Lessons” in the sidebar when I login and immediately see at a glance just how far I’ve come. I wholeheartedly encourage you to take a look at The Next Level Guitar. I think you’ll be really glad you did.
When I first signed up with them, I never imagined that one day I would be writing my very own Next Level Guitar review, and yet here it is! I hope you’ve found it helpful. If you have questions about NLG, feel free to get in touch and I’ll do my best to answer them for you as quickly as I can. If you’re wondering “How do I take my guitar playing to the next level”, getting on board with NLG is the answer.
How You Can Join NextLevelGuitar.com
David and the good folks at NextLevelGuitar.com have made it easy for you to join by offering 3 membership options: monthly, quarterly, or you can save the most money by signing up for an entire year (and believe me, you’ll need more than a year anyway to go through all the lessons, probably several years and then some since more lessons are added all the time). This way, you can signup with whichever option best meets your budget. Or, if you just want to try it out for a month before diving in for a full year, the monthly option allows you to do this.
To read more about my own guitar journey and little more about NLG not included here in this Next Level Guitar review, visit: Guitar Training for Beginners