About Kim

About Kim

Welcome to Beginner Guitar Online! This site will put you on the right path towards becoming a great guitarist!

First, let me tell you a little about myself and why I created this site.

I Love All Things Guitar!

Gibson Hummingbird 12 string acoustic

Some of the best memories I have from my childhood were when my Dad would pull out his 12-string Gibson Hummingbird acoustic guitar and start strumming and singing songs with me. Maybe it sounds corny, but it never got old for me.

When I was 10 years old, I decided to pick up that guitar myself, opened up Mel Bay’s Guitar Chords, and started teaching myself how to play. Decades later I am still actively playing and singing in a band and loving it!

There are so many options for learning to play guitar!

Now I’ll be totally honest with you:

I’m no Jimi Hendrix.

(Shh! Don’t tell anyone!)

However, I am an accomplished singer/songwriter/musician who has taught guitar lessons for 15 years.

Several of my students have gone on to become accomplished musicians themselves — some even exceeding my own ability — because they were determined to put in the necessary time and effort to succeed. They just needed someone to get them started on the right track.

In recent years, other commitments have led to me not teaching guitar lessons anymore. However, there are some absolutely great online resources for guitar lessons at all skill levels. So many options, in fact, that it can be overwhelming to search through them all and decide which one is best for you.

There are also dozens of options for buying your first guitar, such as:

    • Guitar Options Word CloudShould you start out on acoustic, electric… or acoustic-electric?
    • Classical or steel string acoustic?
    • Solid top or select top acoustic?
    • Cutaway or no cutaway?
    • Strat-style, Les Paul style, solid or hollow body electric?
    • What is the best brand of guitar to buy?

Add to that the need to buy accessories such as:

    • A protective case to keep your guitar safe
    • The right strings
    • A good tuner
    • A comfortable shoulder strap
    • The right guitar pick to fit your intended playing style
    • A practice amplifier if you’re playing an electric guitar
    • A guitar stand to hold your guitar when you’re not playing

As you can see, the options are endless!

Also, if you don’t know where to look for the best deals, it can get expensive.

One of the biggest mistakes some of my former students made was buying a cheaply made guitar.

One student bought a $50 children’s guitar from a department store, and frankly it was junk. Absolutely unplayable.

    • It wouldn’t stay in tune
    • The strings sat so far away from the neck that they were impossible for her to press with her fingers

Rather than upgrading to a better guitar, she got frustrated after a few weeks and quit.

I don’t want that to happen to you!

Broken Electric GuitarOther students came to me with hand-me-down guitars they got from relatives. Sometimes these guitars were in great shape! Other times, not so much.

The neck was warped (which makes it harder to play)

The body of the guitar was cracked (which hurts your sound quality)

The strings were so corroded it looked like you should probably get an updated tetanus shot before attempting to play!

That’s where I come in!

At Beginner Guitar Online, I’ve done all the research for you, gathering the best options available for online guitar lessons in any musical style, to get you started playing right away, all in one convenient website.

I’ve also searched online to find the best deals on beginner guitars that will be playable, stay in tune reasonably well, and will last for many years with proper care.

Whether you want to be an acoustic, classical, or electric guitarist, Beginner Guitar Online will help you choose the instrument and accessories that are right for you!

So don’t settle for a $50 discount department store guitar. Check out the recommendations here and get the best deal!

If you ever need a hand or have any questions, feel free to leave them below and I will be more than happy to help you out.

All the best,Kim playing rock guitar on black and pink background circle


*Disclosure: I only recommend products and services I would use myself or recommend to my students, and all opinions expressed here are my own honest opinions. This post may contain affiliate links, which means I may earn a small commission when you buy something from a link on my page, at no extra cost to you. This helps support the continued operation of Beginner Guitar Online. Thanks!

2 replies on “About Kim”

Thanks Joyce! I’m not teaching right now, but I will be posting reviews of other online lesson sites that are high quality and affordable. Scroll down to the bottom of the page and follow my blog if you’re interested!

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