"I simply can't say enough about the world that has opened up to me since joining the NGA membership. I learned more from their program in the first week than I did in the previous year!
It has given me a sense of direction and a development plan tailored to where I currently am and where I want to go. I wholeheartedly recommend it."
"The NGA team have gone above and beyond in providing value with all things guitar and music. I love every facet of it, including the guitar metrics assessment, the weekly live-streams, the campus forum, and access to all the lessons.
It's an incredibly rich and comprehensive learning environment and everything is easily accessible.
The NGA team is so generous with their time and responses. Really feeling the love! 😍 It's brilliant! Thank you so much.
I would recommend the program to anyone interested in increasing their guitar and music skills in a warm and supportive environment."
"As a learner I'd been struggling lately to organise and motivate myself to practice and learn effectively. There's so much content out there online from many sources, but none of it quite seems to pull it altogether or offer any extra support.
The NGA membership has been a transformational step for me though.
The extensive and growing collection of resources to help you learn, combined with the support and tools available for you personally, makes a terrific combination.
I've definitely got my mojo back and my playing time and skills enhanced since joining up."
"I really like how comprehensive the material is - there's a course for everything, and I like that it's all produced by the same team. There's no need to spend time working out whether to trust the tutor, because you already know you can.
And I love the forum: when I post, and get an answer, it's like a door opening to a real classroom, with a real person there to respond.
It's a place to have the conversations that you need to make progress, but wouldn't get anywhere else (and it's so much easier to navigate than a Facebook group etc)."
"My experience with NGA Membership has been beneficial and enjoyable. I find the NGA instructors and team to be cheerful, genuine, and sincere in their efforts to help members improve.
This positive and supportive expertise comes through in video instruction and livestreams and carries forward with interactions amongst participants in the membership forum.
The Guitar Metrics component is unique to NGA. This assessment tool has helped identify strengths to build up further, weakness to work upon, and areas of guitar playing to aspire towards.
Post assessment, I worked through the Rhythm Master Course and am practicing integrating a more dynamic percussive feel to my playing.
Guitar learning is a long lifelong journey. Having guidance from skillful humble musicians with a knack for teaching just adds to the joy of that journey."
"Mike and the NGA crew have reached the gold standard when it comes to guitar instruction. Have been around since the beginning and the programs get better and better with each release.
The membership is so much fun and more comprehensive than any other instructional program available. SIGN UP NOW."
"After trying to learn how to play the guitar several times when I was younger I had thought it was a lost cause until I found a few videos on-line by NGA.
Just the few videos I found made a large enough difference in my abilities to justify joining them. I'm thrilled with the results.
Now I regularly play along with songs that I've enjoyed all my life and my progress is constant.
I can't even begin to describe the satisfaction I've already gotten with their help and they continue to give me the tools to progress.
They have a lot of courses for anyone regardless of their ability level for Chords, Barre Chords, Music Theory, Lead... and the list goes on... and it's still growing.
The forum is a great place to ask questions and help motivate yourself in the company of like minded and helpful people and instructors.
Perhaps more important to me than anything else, I sincerely feel like they care about my growth as a guitarist and want me to succeed.
If you want to learn or become more proficient, I'd highly recommend that you give NGA a chance to help you learn and/or improve your skill level with the guitar."
-James Sarris, Virginia, USA
"I will always be eternally grateful to NGA staff for their help and guidance which has helped me to achieve a dream I have held for years.
I always wanted to play guitar and I tried several times and for whatever reason never made it. I found the National Guitar Academy approximately eighteen months ago and decided to try again.
I bought some courses and if I asked for help always received a prompt reply. As a result, I can finally say "I can play a guitar".
I joined the National Guitar Academy membership scheme which gave me access to all their courses and with their assessment realised I could do better. I am now achieving goals I never thought possible.
I would recommend the National Guitar Academy to anyone who is serious about learning guitar and will guarantee that if you join the membership scheme you will be playing a guitar."
"I work nights and the NGA membership lets me have access to website 24 hours a day so I can practice outside normal hours. I have learned chords and strumming at my own pace and this has this has helped me tremendously. Thank you."
"NGA membership has offered me a fantastic chance to follow courses at my level, to revisit some of the really great lessons on lead, rhythm and chords and to study new courses such as music theory (for guitarists) and includes the wonderful short course on song writing.
By completing questionnaires and receiving personalised learning plans I have identified areas where I can progress. An example is in playing lead guitar mixed with chord playing.
Although I am not great at interacting with forums, I follow relevant discussions and appreciate being a member of a community of like-minded folk."
"I'm a 60 year ok guy whose always wanted to learn how to play the guitar since his teens. I purchased books and watched other multimedia platforms and got to the point where I didn't know how to move forward and was not sure if I was doing it right...
I stumbled across the NGA site by accident and thought I'd try it out. I have to say it was a fantastic find.
I found the videos were structured and in small enough bite sizes to help keep me interested but also able to learn in manageable steps. This was fantastic for me as I could pick up in between my work and chores.
As I improved, I then wanted to become a more rounded player able to perform in front of family and step out at open mic nights. Well I've not been disappointed so far and I'm progressing well, so much so I've bought another guitar 🤠.
The monthly subscription is far more cost effective and more convenient than trying to find a tutor to suit your life style. I've got friends that have paid a small fortune and only learnt three open chords!!
I found the experience and enthusiasm of the NGA tutors very good and helps keeps you positive when learning...
The live streaming sessions are also nice way to meet other students and to ask questions about anything you don't understand... In fact this membership is overwhelmingly good!
I'd definitely recommend anyone giving this training a go.. It suited me and helped me build confidence and ability to stand out from the crowd."
"I have always enjoyed NGA courses and appreciate the relaxed, self-paced approach to learning the guitar.
As a busy mom, I don't have time for formal guitar lessons and life always gets in the way. The membership program is great for me, because I can pick and choose from a variety of techniques whenever I want and tailor them to my learning style and schedule.
The livestreams have also been great for asking nagging questions and picking up helpful tips, even from other members! There is a lot of great value in this program for a fraction of the price (and time!) of in-person guitar lessons."
"I would definitely recommend NGA membership to my friends. I love the way information is presented, easy to understand and the quality of the pic and sound are great.
I love that any question I had was answered almost immediately, it's giving me the personal connection I was looking for on the online platform.
I improved my "big picture" understanding of the guitar because all of the different courses that available like theory, chords, rhythm etc...
I'm finally practicing with a clear path. Leaving frustration behind. Thank you!
You did your part now I need to do my part and practice!"
"I've been an NGA member for quite some time. The lessons and community atmosphere is a great place for fellow guitarists of all levels to connect and share experiences. I highly recommend it to anyone looking to connect, learn and have fun along their guitar journey!!"
"A lot of hard work has clearly been put into the membership by Mike and others and it is paying off.
The presentations are very clear and professional and they make many aspects of learning the guitar, no matter what level you are an enjoyable and stimulating process.
I have learnt a lot about lead guitar and blues guitar music which I am particularly interested in. The website is excellent and suits all standards.
I would have no hesitation from encouraging guitarists from any where in the world to joining and having NGA membership."
"Really enjoying the NGA membership program, there's a huge amount of information in there and I still have a lot to learn. I like the conversational style and depth of knowledge Mike and Jack have. Good value too.
Very impressed with the Music Theory and Chordmaster sections that I've been working on, the stepping stone chords are so useful, and I'm seeing progress with moving around the fretboard, and feel more competent. Thank you!
40 years ago I started on Classical guitar, but piano took over so I never really learned chords or strumming, but last year I was looking for a new challenge (Let's face it - Knit and Natter doesn't match up to a good powerchord 🙂)
Wishing you every success with the membership!"
"The membership is well organized and fun to be a part of. I really enjoy the live-stream with all the Q&A.
I have really been fortunate to have come across NGA on social media and will continue to be a member. Mike and the rest of the team are truly the best!" 😊
"I thoroughly recommend the NGA membership to anyone who wants to improve their guitar playing. The video lessons are both instructive and entertaining, there are hundreds of them in a massive range of guitar subjects. To my amazement I have just played my first chord progression using Barre Chords thanks to the NGA team. Join and enjoy."
"I joined the NGA membership program after having done quite a few free lessons by Mike that enhanced my guitar playing.
The lessons are clear, precise and in small enough pieces to allow any guitar player - from beginners to more advanced students - to make major achievements in their guitar journey.
The membership program has been a super experience for me. Firstly, the Guitar Metrics evaluation system which gave me an accurate assessment of my current level and a pathway to continue to advance.
However, the most impressive part of the program is the interaction in the forum in which Mike, Adam and the other team members are active and give personal advice and inspiration.
Add to that the weekly live sessions and this is the closest that you can get to have a one-on-one teaching experience."
"I would recommend NGA membership to anyone that is involved with playing guitar. I also like that A LOT more information and examples are available than the past with only buying particular courses.
The subscription helped me most to keep in the game for the long run.
NGA is so patient that it meets my unorthodox style and schedule. I know I am improving and learning with NGA. Thank you."
"I venture at my own pace on a subject that I want to practice and enjoy being able to ask any question that I don't understand via the live-stream or forum.
Unfortunately I'm traveling a lot these days so can't always participate on the live-stream, but being able to view the livestream recording afterwards is brilliant.
Mike's sense of humour and ability to take the complex of a subject and reduce it to the simplest form. That's what a great instructor is.
I'm like an octopus, too many fingers in to many subject at the same time, Chords, Lead, Strumming, Fingerpicking, Etc. But hey that's not your problem, its mine!"
"I can highly recommend NGA having been with them since December 2020. I believe in Mike and his team. They take you step by step to enjoying learn and playing the guitar I haven't been disappointed and if I have a question, they are there. Good solid teaching.
I was 16 and self taught-all I knew was G-D-C and how to strum down. My guitar sat for years. What could I do? I couldn't afford one-on-one lessons. Fast forward to a 72 year old lady and in the past 3 years thanks to NGA, I am playing in jams, playing in nursing homes, and enjoying my quiet evenings at the computer with my guitar in hand and NGA."
"It is a unique platform where you get to know the fundamentals from the simple to the profound! It has given me the A to Z of guitar techniques I did not know existed! Most of the tips are practical and easy to follow.
Personally I have transformed myself , from a pessimist to an optimist! Now I tell myself ' Yes , I can'. Thank you for this opportunity."
"The personalised analysis with Guitar Metrics is great, it really helps in working out how to move forward."
"I highly recommend that people become a NGA member. I have enjoyed exploring the NGA courses, tutorials, and countless videos.
These educational tools cover many musical styles / genres. I know a lot of blues but I want to explore these other genres.
The NGA Forum gives advice and wisdom from other members which I find motivational."
"NGA provide loads of excellent, free material on their website without any need to register. This convinced me to invest in a number of courses already made available, and I can attest to their quality.
The courses I have used are tailored to beginners and intermediate guitarists (and there are also others beyond me yet). They have been well paced, not too technical nor full of jargon, so are easy to understand. The tutors have a relaxed manner that helps make learning easier and never a chore.
So, when the membership was announced, such was my confidence, I immediately signed up. There are now even more courses available at a much lower cost through a reasonably priced subscription service.
I would recommend signing up & trying them for as long or as short a period as you feel necessary. You can't lose."
"The courses are split into an easy-to-digest format which are thorough and informative. The NGA team do a great job in making it easy to understand with fantastic tips to really propel your playing from the start.
I like the fact that all the courses are there at a press of a button so you can take each step at your own pace.
I think the GuitarMetrics is a brilliant idea which really makes you assess the level that your at and where you want to be.
The community campus forum is a great place to connect with all the other members and a great way chat to other like minded learners/players.
All in all I think you would be hard pressed to find anything like this anywhere on the internet that is so in depth with all aspects of learning and playing."
"I consider NGA to be one of the most authoritative sources for "real world" help on the guitar.
The content is obviously created by seasoned professionals. The membership has given me access to almost more material than I can digest. It's like drinking from a fire hose. I wish I could spend more time at it. Each session I participate in, I learn something new.
The GuitarMetrics program gives me a simple list of next steps I can use to improve. It is a good motivator, and that is what I need most right now. NGA has helped me a lot over the years."
"There's so many great tips (I no longer practice sitting on my sofa and I trashed the thumb pick). The videos are easy to follow. What's even better is the feedback from the NGA guys AND the community...no questions seem dumb.
It's soooo nice having others to play with and to address my concerns regarding my slow progress (senior citizen with a couple of crooked fingers on the left hand). I can hardly wait for the live-streams!"
"I've been with NGA since 2021 and they have not failed in providing much more than I paid for. The NGA membership is totally amazing. I love the access to so many classes, the zoom live streams, and quick, helpful responses. Sooo worth it."
"If you need an analysis of your guitar playing and a helpful guide to improve this is the way to go. You can access several excellent tutorials which would otherwise be very expensive. Its a no brainer."
"I was in the dreaded plateau. Drifting through on-line guitar lessons, not getting off open chords, it was all getting a bit boring...
I had dipped into NGA occasionally via free lessons but then I saw your offer to sign up for the membership. Its all been a great help - I'm working through 3 courses at the same time and am learning all kinds of new stuff and am now really enjoying my guitar and music generally.
I've used the song sheets from the song library, the guitar metrics tool and asked a few questions when I've got stuck. I need to start watching your livestreams too.
I'd definitely recommend NGA to others - the range of other guitar sites is bewildering so just go straight to NGA."
"Being a retired and longtime drummer who always wanted to learn the guitar, I always hesitated to start, not knowing where to begin and being sure it was too late for me.
After trying multiple internet programs, I finally came across the NGA program. Not only did you succeed in convincing me it was not too late to learn but that it was fun and within my grasp.
What I want in a teacher is someone who has the rare ability to make the information accessible to all and who wants to plainly explain the principles involved in guitar playing and not only to show off is one ability. The NGA tutors have those exact qualities and for that reason only I highly recommend the NGA program to anyone who seriously wants to learn and progress in guitar playing, regardless of their personal ability. Everything else in the membership is a bonus!"
"Reading the forum threads and comments reinforces the sense of knowing that I'm not the only one struggling with technique. All the hints and tips from the NGA team and other members have come in handy. Very helpful."
"I have been playing the guitar for nearly 60 years. I took some classical lessons (2 years) when I first started but none since then. I learned to fingerpick on my own but since getting my NGA membership I am steadily improving.
There were many things that I did not know and your videos have been easy to follow and most certainly informative. I have just recently retired (I am 75) and wanted to spend more time with my guitar and banjo."
"I really like the low monthly payment. It allows me to access all the training videos without the expensive upfront costs. Great guitar tutorials."
"I like that there's such variety in the videos, so whatever you need help with, it's there.
I also like that there is an entire community of guitar learners to speak with and exchange experiences with.
My weekly practice time is limited but I have played on off for about 15 years. (self taught)
I decided to start with the basic courses, just to see if I missed something along the way. But soon I will move on to some of the more advanced stuff like LeadMaster (haven't done that much) or maybe even some theory. Thank you for a great program." 😊
"The membership materials are comprehensive and well structured and delivered in a style that makes learning interesting and fun. The personal focus provided through the use of individual learning plans differentiates NGA from many of the other options out there. I am pleased to recommend the NGA.
The NGA Team are genuinely dedicated to helping develop and improve your guitar playing abilities."
"I would certainly recommend the NGA to other interested parties. From a personal point of view, it has given me structure and a pathway to follow to enable my guitar skills to improve.
The guitar metrics is a case in point, which enables you to focus on any weak aspects of your guitar playing and to then go ahead and work on improving them, with the emphasis on the fun side of playing, as opposed to it being a chore.
The NGA team are passionate about passing their knowledge onto others and I am enjoying being on the journey with them."
"I started my guitar journey in 2019, after I retired. While I have been getting personal lessons during that time, I also found NGA and purchased two of their courses, which I found to be very helpful.
So, when NGA offered its new membership program, I jumped on it. Access to the entire NGA course library is a great benefit and I find that the courses and advice provided by Mike and the team at NGA are an excellent complement to my instructor.
As an example, I have recently been working on finger style with my instructor and find Fingerpicking Secrets to be an excellent complement to what he is teaching."
"I would thoroughly recommend NGA membership. It's available whenever you want it, and the content is excellent. The lessons are easy-to-learn and just the right duration."
"The site is well laid out and easy to follow. Great membership for the money."
"I would certainly recommend NGA membership to others. Whilst I am aware that there are many other providers offering similar membership schemes I think NGA differentiates itself from many of the others by offering a kind of "one stop shop" for guitarists of all levels.
The membership gives you a comprehensive range of tools, really everything you need to try and improve your guitar skills.
I have particularly liked the range of courses available, which are given in a very user-friendly way that's easy to understand and also the Guitar metrics training plan which has helped me focus on the areas I need to concentrate on to try and push my ability to the next level.
It is well worth considering, whatever level of guitarist you are!"
"This is a great format for the novice and those who are putting the pieces of the guitar methodology together. The clear and patient demonstrations aid those who are having that sinking feeling that they are over their head."
"The NGA membership program is terrific! It offers a wide variety of topics for all levels of learning. The Guitar Metrics guidance program provides a great map as to where we should head next as we move forward with our learning. I highly recommend membership in the new NGA membership program!"
"What I appreciate so much about the NGA membership is that it's more than a virtual classroom-it feels more intimate…a lot like the many literal classrooms I've taught in/learned in throughout my life. Every question asked will be answered; every idea shared. And now with the cameras rolling, we learners & instructors are truly all in the same space. I also love that NGA has its own forum (I detest Facebook).
Regarding all the courses, I have dipped into all of them but have completed none of them. 😂 I'm a bit of a grazer when it comes to learning. Being a teacher myself (languages and applied linguistics), I know that I have unique learning styles and strategies & employ the same approaches as I embrace music generally & guitar particularly. (I think I heard Mike express a similar idiosyncrasy-dipping here, dipping there…😉) I can't think of a facet of guitar-learning that the NGA hasn't covered-but then, this school is full of surprises (!)
I couldn't be happier with than I am with the NGA. Looking back over the years, I can't believe I've come so far with a guitar.
I used to think that you learned a musical instrument when you were young-period. I believed that the following would hinder my learning: my age, my arthritic fingers, and my fear of tackling such a monolithic fine art as Music.
Now I'm certain that anyone of any age can play the guitar-even though since I've started, I've heard it's one of the most difficult instruments to play!
Just the other day, I saw a lesson hosted by Mike on preparing sore fingers for playing. For a long time now I've been practicing a yoga asana which helps unlock those aching digits-learning more moves can only be a good thing.
Scariest of all, though, has been overcoming my fear of playing. I used to think, "How will I ever do this? I'll sound terribly even after good lessons!" Well, that fear-endemic to all new players-has been lifted, thanks to the NGA's democratic instructors & instructors. Now-today!-I can pick up that electric guitar and know that all of its secrets are unlocked, forever.
For most of the years I've been playing, I've recorded every practice session so that I could critique myself & learn from my errors-as well as congratulate myself on getting some stuff right.
Intrinsically, what I've gained most from the NGA is the confidence to carry on. Right from the beginning, I heard what a beginner needs to know: with Mike's Stepping Stone method, I lost my fear of three-fret/four-finger chords.
Moreover, I finally heard that there's no such thing as one "essential" or "particular" strumming pattern. That used to frustrate me to no end-now I realize I was right all along when I'd simply identify the tempo & keep the beat. That's what I'd heard myself do on my taped sessions, and so to hear the same from Mike validated my own inclinations.
Confidence; validation; inspiration: if I had to choose the 3 most valuable things I've learned through the NGA, here they are.
I've got a long way to go, but just as I embrace all the bumps on the road to my travel destinations, so I accept that, like Rome, a guitarist's journey isn't built in a day.
Stick with the NGA, and you'll never stop learning. You'll never want to." ❤️