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Does Chord Buddy Work to Learn How to Play Guitar

My oldest son has asked quite a few times to take guitar lessons and my husband has always wanted him to take them.  However neither of them has come up with a solution to how to afford such lessons. When I checked into them it was going to be about $100 a month, which was 4 lessons. Compared to soccer at $80 for a season that is a big hit. Especially with two other children that would of course like to participate in their own recreations.

Chord Buddy Guitar Lessons at Home

Chord Buddy Review Guitar Lessons

When I was asked if I wanted to review Chord Buddy, the World’s Best Guitar Learning System, I thought to myself this may be the solution to my problem. A more affordable way to help my son learn the guitar with at home guitar lessons. As a parent we want to give our children everything. I have always wanted to learn to play an instrument, for me it was the piano. I think it would be AWESOME and a great experience for my son if he could learn. My husband has always wanted to play the guitar himself so I thought this would be  perfect way to bond.

Chord Buddy Review Guitar Lessons

I left this review up to the men. The product came with two books, a DVD, and a guitar hero like gadget to place over the end of the guitar. One book is a collection of 100 sounds – country, pop, gospel, and bluegrass. The second book is an instruction guide, however my husband much preferred the instructional DVD.  Here is a close up of the “guitar hero” type gadget that is the basis of the system.

Chord Buddy Review Guitar Lessons

My husband and son sat down to give it a shot. Despite the fact that the guitar needs tuning by the end of the video my son knew what he needed to do. The video did a good job of showing him how to utilize the tool and learn to play. As for the tuning there is a section as well with that. Don’t ask me what you need to do because I myself did not watch the video. My biggest problem now is not how to AFFORD the lessons but how to get my son to sit and practice. After all the wanting and needing of the lessons we can not get him to set down and practice. He tends to pull out the guitar when a friend come over so he can show off how he knows “how” to play. Though he hasn’t played a song yet. You can buy a kid a Chord Buddy but you can’t make him want to practice. Typical teenager of course.

Chord Buddy Guitar Learning System

The great thing about the Chord Buddy is that you can make music from day one.  This book will provide an organized, step-by-step practice guide to get you playing on your own in just two months, with only one hour of practice per day.

  • Unit One: You get started strumming and singing six great songs right away, and along the way you will be introduced to different strumming techniques.
  • Unit Two: You will learn some special tricks with the Chord Buddy to make you sound like a pro.
  • Unit Three: Using a systematic process that removes one chord tab at a time, you will learn to form the chords on your own, without the assistance of the Chord Buddy.

So I asked my husband what he thought about the Chord Buddy. He said with practice he thinks my son could learn to play, the video showed him what he needed to know to learn how to play it is just a matter of getting my son to practice. I definitely think anyone in the same situation as me, not wanting to pay for lessons but wishing they could give their child the opportunity of learning to play the guitar should first invest in the Chord Buddy and give it a try. It is so much cheaper then lessons and very easy to learn.

Update 01/25/2012:  I just thought I would update this review to let you know I never could get my son to practice enough to really test out whether this method worked or not.  However since this time he has signed up for guitar at school and has caught on really quick.

>Disclaimer: I received the above product(s) at no cost to me by the company or representing PR agency. Opinions are my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation.

About Colleen Shibley

Colleen Shibley Mother to 3 kids, wife to an awesome & thoughtful husband, beach lover, book reader, working woman by day, and blogger by night. Blogging from sunny South Florida passionate about travel, good food, entertainment, and enjoying family time...[Read More...]


  1. Amy @ Cheeky Cocoa Beans says:

    Interesting product! My son takes guitar lessons (began nearly 2 years ago) and when he first started, the teacher told my husband in private that normally a kid is doing good to practice about 30 minutes a week. However, my son has practiced everyday on his own from the start. We were very pleased. 🙂 His 8 year old brother, on the other hand…he's been taking keyboard lessons for a year and getting him to practice even 5 minutes a couple of days a week is a great deal of effort on our part. Sigh…

    If your son shows an interest, I would definitely still try to work out a way to have lessons. Keep looking around for places that offer lessons, and consider going with a teen (or young adult) who has been playing for several years. A teen could start your son off with the basics for at least a couple of years of lessons and would be a great deal cheaper. Oh, and avoid lessons on Mondays since that's when most holidays they'd take off would fall. 🙂

  2. Beth Larrabee says:

    That looks so cool! My hubby bought me a guitar for Christmas, because I have always wanted to learn how to play. This may do the trick!

  3. Hey, just found this post about our product and wanted to say thanks for the review. Even though the ChordBuddy is for all ages, children are definitely the group that gets the most out of it. Thanks again!

  4. I love the chord buddy. it is so easy to use and learn the guitar with. Great product for anyone looking to learn the basics of guitar fast.

  5. I purchesd the Chord Buddy the books / dvd have no problem with But Chord Buddy didn,t work on my guitar i even took it to a guitar shop they couldn,t get it to work. as with product when you press down on buttons they don,t release so i sent it back . This is first review i have ever done i just hope they fix this problem . Good Luck every one that buys this product.

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