With the popularization of video lessons, both on disc and on the internet, it has never been easier to learn an instrument; all you have to do is plug in, click play, and get started.
However, there are some drawbacks to having a video lesson. Namely, the biggest one is that you can’t ask a television screen, or a computer screen, questions. Well, you could—you just wouldn’t get an answer back.
Knowing this, you need to really take a look at yourself as a musician and decide whether or not video bass lessons would be the right medium for you.
In this article, we’ll go over some of the benefits, as well as downfalls, of trying to teach yourself bass guitar with DVD video courses.
As mentioned above, the biggest issue with learning from a video is that you can’t ask questions. Luckily, if you are resourceful enough, you can find the answers to those questions by using a search engine such as Google or Yahoo.
Another typical issue that musicians face when learning bass guitar through the use of DVD videos is the instructor. Finding the right DVD set isn’t always easy, and sometimes you can spend months searching, finally make a purchase, and find out that the DVD just isn’t right for you. This is because everyone has a different learning style, and some learn better from different instructors than others. This has a lot to do with personality, or lack thereof.
One of the most convenient things about DVD courses is that they are portable. Say you go on vacation; you can take the DVD with you and practice anywhere, so long as there is a DVD player or a laptop to play the DVD on. If you visit relatives or friends, you can bring the DVD along in your bass guitar case.
DVD lessons are also very easy to use, as you can rewind them to look back on a part if you are having trouble with it, or if you simply didn’t understand it the first time around. You have unlimited access to a DVD, whereas you have limited access to a personal teacher.
DVD lessons are also much, much cheaper than weekly bass guitar lessons, and although they are a bit less personal (after all, you are simply watching a video, not actually interacting with a person) they can be the difference between an important purchase and another weeks’ worth of lessons. No one likes to make that decision, but very few of us have an extra couple hundred dollars to throw on lessons every month.
Finally, the best thing about trying to teach yourself bass guitar with DVD video courses is that they are guaranteed to fit into your schedule, as they are available at any time. In the end, you know what is best for you, and you know yourself better than anyone else could ever hope to. You’ll know if DVD lessons are the thing for you, or if they just won’t cut it.
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