QUICK HIT: How much does TrueFire cost and what are the membership options for those wanting to sign up?
TrueFire is the most voluminous guitar lesson program on the internet with over 40,000 videos stretched over 800 courses. If you want to get more information about the program, you can checkout our full TrueFire review. However, this page is entirely focused on what TrueFire costs and what their pricing model is like.
For starters, it should be noted that TrueFire has a few different methods of accessing their content that involve membership structures and one-time downloads. They include the following:
- Free Membership: Unlimited
- Free Trial of Full Access Membership: 30 days
- One-time purchase and download of single courses: Varies but usually between $10 and $60 one-time fee
- Monthly Plan: $29 per month
- Yearly Plan: $149 per year
- Lifetime Plan: $1,499 one-time cost
As you can see, the exact TrueFire cost can vary pretty significantly, depending on what kind of arrangement you're looking for.
For those interested in comparing TrueFire to other online guitar lesson programs, you can use this chart that includes TrueFire, alongside similar options. Click on the trial button if you want to go to the site and compare pricing or the review link.
Does TrueFire do any promotional pricing?
While TrueFire doesn't cut their rates as much as other companies like Guitar Tricks and JamPlay, they do usually have a pretty significant holiday sale around Thanksgiving and Christmas.
Usually it includes some grouping of the following:
- Annual and lifetime membership discount: Usually around 40% off
- Discounted course downloads: Around 20% off
- Giveaways and free courses: Multiple times per year
Remember, there will be different promotions to consider whether you're looking at a full membership or a single course download. Their sales and promos page is the best place to keep an eye on for upcoming discounts.
How is single-course pricing determined?
As I mentioned, the price of a single-course in TrueFire varies widely but is always structured like this:
- Download with Streaming Access
- Download with Streaming Access and Disc mailed
The price difference between the disc and non-disc open is usually between $10 and $20, but can also vary.
Single Course Pricing Difference for Members & Non-Members
Keep in mind, if you already have an all-access monthly or yearly membership, all the courses can be streamed. In that case, buying one would give you the download and/or the disc option. This means the price of that course will already have the members discount applied.
In other words, all single course digital and disc copies are cheaper for full-access members.
For example, here's a course with a logged in full membership:
You can see the price is about $11 and $19 for the digital and disc versions of the course. Then, when I look at the same course in a private browser (not logged in with a full access membership) the price of the same course jumps up to about $18 and $31, since you're now also paying to stream that course without a full membership:
The single-course option is nice to have for those that aren't interested in a monthly or yearly membership. And while the pricing structure is a bit volatile and depends somewhat on the artist or educator who publishes the course, it's fairly easy to understand once you browse around the site.
Expect to pay between $10 and $30 for a single course as a member and $20 to $60 as a non-member, at least on average.
Does TrueFire offer a free trial?
Though it isn't publicized heavily, TrueFire actually offers the longest online guitar lesson free trial that we know of at 30 days. In fact, it'll essentially default to the 30 day trial if you use the join page here.
Once the trial ends you'll only have access to a limited amount of free content, and you'll have to sign up with a credit card if you want to continue as a full access member.
We typically recommend TrueFire as one of the best advanced guitar lesson libraries, though it's workable for any skill level and practically any musical style you can conceive of. We've compared it to a couple of other programs that you can see in side-by-side tables:
Summary and Your Questions
But to summarize our article on TrueFire's price, the most common cost is the monthly $29 price tag and the annual discounted plan for $149.
For those that have additional questions about the cost of TrueFire, the program itself, or anything else related to online guitar lessons, feel free to drop me a line in the comments section below and I'll do my best to help out.