Killer guitarist, James Barratt, will teach you basic guitar techniques, using classic tunes such as REM's Everybody Hurts, AC-DC's Back in Black and Bryan Adams' Run To You as examples. Simple, fun, exciting courses with a pro!

  • Course level: Beginner
  • Course length: 14 lessons | 2h 12m
  • Course delivery: Online
  • Course fee: US$49

Course overview

In this course, you'll get a comprehensive introduction to the guitar and learn the basic techniques and knowledge required to play it. james Barratt uses classic rock and pop tunes by artists such as AC/DC, REM and Bryan Adams to teach and demonstrate these techniques in the real world. By the end of this course, you'll be able to play these classic riffs like a pro!

Great for beginners who have just bought their first guitar or guitarists with a little experience who want to make sure they're covering the basics properly.

'James is the real deal….Great player, killer tone and I wouldn’t hesitate for a second recommending him for any project... Rock on, James!!'
Joey Sykes (Meredith Brooks / Will Champlin / The Babys)

Course details

This course specifically focusses on the following skills:

  • Tuning
  • Basic technique
  • Open chords
  • Chord progressions
  • Palm muting
  • Legato
  • Bending
  • Barre chords

Key information

Course leader, JAMES BARRATT

James Barratt has enjoyed a successful career as a full-time musician since  graduating from the Academy of Contemporary Music in 2007. He has gone on to work with artists and producers from Stereophonics, Ronnie Dunn, Scissor Sisters and many more. He also composes music  for television and film, such as Sony Walkman's Music Pieces television commercial or the Albatross film trailer.


We work with some of best musicians in the world to share their skills, passion and know-how with you. Learn the secrets, habits and practice techniques that will take your playing to the next level.

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Tel: +44 (0)20 7582 5566


Tileyard Studios
Tileyard Road, London N7 9AH
United Kingdom