Is it Possible to Learn How to Weld with Welding Videos and DVDs?

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The Fact that you came here looking for a Welding DVD tells me something about you

Hey, I'm Jody and I make welding videos.

The fact that you are reading this page tells me you are the kind of person that wants to constantly improve your welding skills.

One of the things I like about welding is that there is always something new to learn… Always.

After working with other welders since 1977 and teaching welders for over 20 years, I have learned a few things about welders and how people learn to weld…

We Welders are a different breed.

We typically learn by watching and by doing. Not just by reading.

When it comes to welding, the best learning often happens just by looking over someones shoulder and then trying it yourself. Especially when the someone showing you is explaining things to you in plain talk.

Video can be even better than looking over someone’s shoulder.


Because with Video on DVD, you can replay key scenes as many times as you want. I am guessing that if you are reading this, at least one of the next few statements describes you:

I learn by getting my hands dirty.

Just show me once and then move out of the way.

I have slight issues with authority. (whoa, where did that come from?!)

What is the one thing that makes all the difference in a good welding video?

Is it graphics? Ripple-dissolve transitions in between scenes? A deep radio voice on the narration?

I have purchased a few welding DVD’s myself and none of that stuff ever impressed me.

How about clear shots of the welding puddle and arc along with plain talk explaining what is going on?

That’s what makes for a good welding video.

I talked with a welding instructor recently who ordered several hundred dollars worth of welding training videos from an educational website.

The videos were horrible… He was so disappointed when he first watched them because of the college professor’s monotone narration and lousy arc shots. His students hated them too so he put them in a drawer. And he spent nearly $3000 of his budget on them.

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Now we all know that you can’t learn how to weld strictly from watching videos. Right? Or can you?

I personally think the best way to learn to weld is by enrolling in a welding school. Thinking back to when I was in welding school, I wish these welding videos and DVDs were available for me back then.

That probably would have shot me to the top of the class. When all the other guys were drinking beer and smoking weed on the weekends, I would have been watching and learning all about "how to weld aluminum", "how to Tig weld", and "how to mig weld".

I would recommend for anyone in welding school to buy some welding dvds to supplement the instruction you get from your welding instructor.

In a perfect world, your instructor would be completely competent and a wealth of knowledge.

But it is not a perfect world.

And some folks have circumstances that wont allow them to attend welding school.

I think most welding instructors at local colleges are dedicated professionals...but some are just stretched too thin.

... That’s when you could really benefit from some added instruction from welding videos and DVDs.

Good arc shots and done in a real world setting.

Thats what you get. You wont find any fancy words or professional narrators voice.

Its just me welding and boiling things down for you.

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