Some online guitar teachers would have you believe you can go from novice to virtuoso within a few videos and strums. This approach can lead to disappointment and self doubt. Not something you want when you have a beautiful guitar or ukulele that begs to be played.
Develop your musical talent
Regardless of where you are on your musical journey, the reason you are here is because you believe you could be better. You are absolutely right but it won't happen overnight. You need to develop your talent and skills and nurture them through regular practise.
Learn and improve at your own paceWith the Richard Durrant Academy Passport you will have full, unlimited access to every one of our public courses, for any type of guitar or ukulele and to every other resource designed to assist you in your musical journey. This means you will be free to learn at your own pace, repeating lessons as many times as you like, reaching new levels of ability as you tackle more challenging techniques.
Exercise your guitar skills
For less than the monthly price of a gym membership, as an Academy Passport holder, you can exercise your guitar skills while staying in control of your budget.
There's no long-term tie-in or commitment and you can stop your subscription at any time, just paying for one month at a time. Join today and let your journey begin.
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Complete Guide to Tremolo
A well-played tremolo on a classical guitar is one of the most beautiful sounds in western music. Master this magical technique and be guided through some of the great tremolo solos, including Recuerdos de la Alhambra.
Quick Start Tenor Guitar
Whether you're a complete beginner, or have moved across from the six string instrument, this course is for you.(4) 5.0 average rating
Quick Start Acoustic Guitar
If you are new to the Acoustic Guitar this is the best place for you! With Richard's help you'll be making music within minutes.(1) 5.0 average rating
Twelve Classical Guitar Studies
'Go to' classical guitar studies that are the perfect daily, musical workout with plenty of subtle physical and artistic challenges.(2) 5.0 average rating
One Fret Beyond
Impossible stretches, frets that buzz, painful bar chords? These and other issues solved in an entertaining set of films for fretted instrument players.
Guitar Back to Basics
This ten lesson course is ideal if you are either a beginner, wanting a thorough introduction to playing the guitar, or if you have played already but want to go back to basics to build a better technique and learn more about music.(5) 5.0 average rating
Richard really manages to focus your mind on getting the foundations of guitar playing in place. Having played on and off for quite a few years, I now find myself re-evaluating my whole way of approaching playing, for example, I have always clu...Read More
Richard really manages to focus your mind on getting the foundations of guitar playing in place. Having played on and off for quite a few years, I now find myself re-evaluating my whole way of approaching playing, for example, I have always clutched the fretboard, my thumb pressed hard to achieve a barre, not now, my left hand stays far more relaxed. Scales are a challenge but slowly improving. The course brings in musical notation as a natural progression so that it is not intimidating. Altogether a most enjoyable and challenging course.Read Less
Great first module. Excellent clear tuition. I am enjoying the patterns and fast fingers on this one. Just got to keep practicing now for fluidity. So well explained and great to hear and see RD play this and talk through the piece. Thank you. ...Read More
Great first module. Excellent clear tuition. I am enjoying the patterns and fast fingers on this one. Just got to keep practicing now for fluidity. So well explained and great to hear and see RD play this and talk through the piece. Thank you. This is bringing my guitar playing on no end. Fresh inspiration and ideas. Expert tuition. Nothing seems impossible anymore.Read Less
I thoroughly enjoyed this course and I would highly recommend it to anyone - not just beginners. It's a real wake-up call in terms of honing technique. Richard repeatedly emphasises the importance of body positioning, quality of articulation and...Read More
I thoroughly enjoyed this course and I would highly recommend it to anyone - not just beginners. It's a real wake-up call in terms of honing technique. Richard repeatedly emphasises the importance of body positioning, quality of articulation and rhythm, clarity of sound. Basically, all the things that it's tempting to skim over in the initial thrill of picking up a new instrument (and, in my own case, for a considerable time after that). It's a quality course that is at once rigorous and demystifying. I have often wondered what methods I could try to speed up my chord changes. The technique points and thoughts offered by Richard on this matter were incredibly helpful. It is an art, and in part requires imagination. I always felt that while Richard imparted tried-and-tested methodology, he was also always giving permission to play and experiment. I think I needed this kind of push. The course also gives plenty of tips for escaping to the dusty end of the fretboard as well as how to escape the dreaded "strummage" trap - an all too common hazard for the ukulele player. There are so many tips that I will take away from this rich ten-session course to directly apply in my playing. I found it to be of enormous value.Read Less