The 4 Best YouTube Channels For Music Education and Music Lessons For Beginners
Online learning and education have continued in interesting ways over the course of the pandemic. For schools in particular, national curriculum lessons have had to move online in the form of video classes. Fun Fact: music lessons for beginners is one of the most searched for terms on Google!
As online education has shifted towards online learning, schools, students and teachers have all shown an incredible resilience to the circumstances and have embraced the online learning dynamic. It truly represents making the best out of a bad situation, and people around the world are doing their best to remain positive as we still battle with the pandemic.
While video calls have been adopted by almost every industry over the last 12 months, there are a few lessons that simply don’t translate well to remote education and one of those is Music.
Music lessons benefit from in-person teaching, and specifically to music lessons for beginners; the teaching dynamic is significantly different through a computer screen.
We don’t yet possess the technology to teleport musical instruments from schools to students’ households so music lessons have had to adapt in the best way they can. While musical theory is important, the best way to demonstrate progression with any instrument is with hands on experience.
Eventually hands on experience has to take over from visualising and theory, and thanks to resources such as YouTube and Google there is a great deal of knowledge out there (for free) at your fingertips.
It doesn’t matter if you’re a professional musician or looking for music lessons for beginners, there will be someone on the internet that has created an entire series to help you out.
One of the unintended benefits of being in lockdown is the amount of time that people have had to spend indoors. While some people are working from home, or on furlough, it might be a good time to consider learning a new skill - either just for the fun of it, or with the idea of emerging from lockdown as a musician once the world has returned to normal.
There’s no better time than now to dedicate a few hours a week to learning an instrument, even if it’s just to show off to your friends or work colleagues like we all know you secretly want to.
At WeJam, we have compiled a list of the 4 best YouTube Channels for Music education and music lessons for beginners. We’ve targeted beginners mainly because not everyone is a Jimmy Hendrix or a Ringo Starr, and even the professionals among us might be able to pick up a trick or two. So without further ado, let’s get into the list!
To kick off this list, we are going to take a look at a YouTube channel that has in-depth videos that are full to the brim with musical knowledge, headed by someone with tons of charisma to make those lessons all the more fun. Andrew Furmanczyk and his channel have been on YouTube since 2007, and during that time Andrew has created very accessible videos based around musical theory, music tutorials, his fluffy cat and Andrew just showing off his guitar skills.
Ignoring the fact that he wears a suit in many of his videos, the tone of his videos are very casual. This shouldn’t deter any looking for music lessons for beginners; it is all just a part of Andrew’s charm. Like any online course, Andrew produces videos that are the perfect substitute for music education, and although a lot of his videos are geared towards Piano players, Andrew does his best to apply his teachings and knowledge to all instruments. If it’s music lessons for beginners you’re after, this channel has that in abundance. So take a look at the channel here, and make sure you’ve got your pen and paper ready because it’s time to head back to school.
When it comes to education, it’s widely understood that not everyone learns in the same way as others. Information can be digested faster by some and slower by others; some people are visual learners and others are audible learners. The best thing about the internet is that if you can’t take in a lengthy blog post, more than likely there is a quippy YouTube video that gives you the same information as the blog post.
Adam Neely’s YouTube channel is dedicated to videos that deal with elaborate concepts within musical theory, artists, musical history, music lessons for beginners and experts, all the while breaking them down for people of all learning habits.
Adam Neely’s videos are fast paced, full of energy and packed with knowledge. What we love here at WeJam is that, unlike most real-life education settings, the best thing about online learning is that anything that you miss can be rewound with the click of a few mouse buttons. Until we master the ability of time travel, the next best thing is running the video back to the beginning and going at your own pace until you are the expert.
If you need a break from musical theory, music history or the breakdown of intricate time signatures, Adam Neely has the odd video that looks at quirky music related ideas - like this video on “How to play music with a “drunk” feel”. It may not be the first lesson to jump into if you’re just looking for music lessons for beginners, but it’s definitely an interesting watch!
Luke From Become A Bassist
I think it’s fair to say that when it comes to bass players, you’ve got to be quite good to be recognised as an iconic bass player. Whether you’re an experienced bassist, or completely new to the bass; ideally you want your talents as a bass player to shine through while you’re performing, and not the embarrassing face you pull while you’re playing (seriously, it’s a real thing and it’s called Bass Face, check it out)
We’ve taken a look at the formal, online course style of video and we’ve taken a look at high concept YouTube music education. It’s time now to take a look at some high-quality videos geared towards music lessons for beginners and experts. Luke From Become A Bassist is all about that Bass, producing videos ideas like beginner bass lines, how to read bass tabs, and even strength-building bass workouts.
It’s all well and good to find a content creator that creates music lessons for beginners and experts that can be applied to fit all instruments and skill levels, but there are times when you go to the internet looking for a very specific topic. You’d be hard pressed to find a video on this channel that isn’t about Bass.
Admittedly, it is a little light on musical theory and history, but it more than makes up for it in the expertise of real-world practise. Seeing someone actually play an instrument in front of you and applying their teaching knowledge to a demonstration really helps put into context all the theory that is being discussed. You can’t do much with knowledge if you cannot apply it to the real world, and sometimes you just have to go all in and give it a go to take your music education to the next level.
One of the best, and most authentic channels we’ve come across on our online adventures is a YouTube channel by Trevor Wong. He is a strong advocate for being a self-taught musician who uses music lessons for beginners as building blocks to master instruments. Trevor Wong has an awesome video on how he taught himself to play the drums, mainly by listening to sections of songs to then replicate on his drum set. Then, as his confidence grew, he would challenge himself by learning the entire song.
This is a great process to follow as not everyone has the budget to pay for lessons to learn an instrument, but with the internet being an unlimited resource for songs, education and industry experts to reach out to and learn from, anyone can become a musician with patience.
Although the pandemic has taken many live music experiences away from us this past year, no one can deny that having an in-person music experience is better than watching it through a computer screen. Not only is the atmosphere of live music important, but who you’re sharing the experience with can turn a good experience into a legendary one.
At WeJam, we provide incredible music experiences that doubles as music lessons for beginners and experts, as well as giving you an authentic live experience. Our live jam sessions are the ideal scenario to practise using instruments you may not have used before and feel what it’s like to rock out in a band.
All of our centres are COVID-19 compliant, in line with current government guidance, and our excellent facilitators allow time between groups to deep clean areas and equipment so that everyone can stay safe while having fun. Take a look at our live Jam experiences, book your place today and become a Rockstar!