I know some people dont even believe that the
Internet or World Wide Web exists. They think that it
is an abstract concept and that if asked to show it
to someone they would fail miserably. Well, whether
or not it exists I think that the collective consciousness
of humanity is evolving everyday because of the sharing
of ideas on the strange boxes called computers and the
electronic network that connects them.
Every time I go on the Internet these days I am surprised
by some new function that it has for our lives. My most
recent discovery has been on-line tutorials. Tutorials
are websites that have been created to help novices
and amateurs alike learn more in their areas of specific
interest. Just about any aspect of life seems to have
tutorial sites dedicated to it that will teach you want
you want to know. Of course some knowledge can cost
you money but youd be pleasantly surprised to
see how much information you can get for free.
For example, I am interested in learning about how
to play the guitar. You should see how many sites are
out there, just look up guitar+tutorials on your search
engine (E.g.: Google). Theres all sorts of great
help from how to change your strings, hold a plectrum
properly, and tuning, to learning complex chord scale
systems and finger tapping on your electric guitar.
There are often diagrams, photographs, and intensive
explanations relating to everything you ever wanted
to know. Some sites have video and audio to help drive
the lessons home. Life really has changed. In the past
you had to get lessons from a teacher, drive to and
from their house or music school, pay high tuition fees,
and buy books on chords and songs. Everything is downloadable
these days, and a lot of it is free.
Web designers could also probably learn a few things
from these guitar tutorial sites. The ways the guitar
teachings are expressed are often quite extensive but
done so in a very simplistic manner. Its a real
one, two, three approach starting with verbal explanations
of exercises, followed by diagrams, and then finally
with audio and visual representations. It is an extremely
thorough way of teaching without ever having to meet
anyone in person.
However, a strange phenomenon is the fact that if the
site is good, the visitor does feel a connection to
the personality of the creator. Making the site individual
is a major factor in both achieving success and touching
a personal chord (no pun intended) with people. Many
of the sites have means in which you can get direct
contact with the site owner thus creating an opportunity
for real personal interaction and tuition. Check out
some of these sites:
Get connected to the teachers of the future. Find a
tutorial that helps you to follow your dreams.
About the author:
Jesse S. Somer
Somer is a writer and guitarist learning about how to
learn more through the Internet.