Welcome to The Guitar Journal resources section, a curated list of the tools and websites that I strongly recommend for becoming a better guitar player. I have used every recommendation on this page. Many of the resources here are an everyday part of my workflow as a guitar player and songwriter.

Before running through the full list of resources, an important disclosure:

Some of the links below are affiliate links, which means that if you choose to make a purchase, I will earn a commission. This commission comes at no additional cost to you. Please understand that I have experience with all of these companies, and I recommend them because they are helpful and useful, not because of the small commissions I make if you decide to buy something. Please do not spend any money on these products unless you feel you need them or that they will help you achieve your goals.

Learning Guitar


Online video-based guitar lessons. They have everything from Fingerstyle to Rock to Jazz, and it’s all included in the monthly subscription.

Try JamPlay >>


Udemy is a source for all sorts of online courses, but they have some great ones focused on guitar – ranging from beginner to expert level.

Try Udemy >>



MasterClass is an extremely high quality set of video lessons (“masterclasses”, as it were) with famous folks. Less guitar-oriented, but the music courses with Herbie Hancock and Deadmau5 are worth the price of admission.

Try MasterClass >>



Running a Music Blog

A phenomenal site-hosting option if you’re running a site on WordPress.  Their up-time, customer support, admin interface, backup options…it’s all top notch.  Get 20% off through this link.

Try WPengine >>


MailChimp’s email system is both professional and irreverent (or maybe just fun?).  They provide excellent service and some funny moments in their emails and messaging.

Try MailChimp >>


OptinMonster provides a variety of ways that users can “opt in” to updates on your site.  They help you grow email lists and subscriptions.

Try OptinMonster >>


Apps & Software


My “go to” tuner on my iPhone.  Always good, always available.

Try VitalTuner >>


A tablature editor, a score player, and a backing band – all in one software piece.

Try Guitar Pro >>