Guitar Back to Basics

For beginners and seasoned guitarists alike | taught by Richard Durrant

Course description

Getting the Basics Right

This group of lessons is ideal for you if you can play already but want to go back to basics to build a better technique and learn more about music. 

or….

If you’re new to the guitar, you can’t wait to get started but you want to do things really thoroughly and systematically.

To get the most out of this course we recommend that you use a nylon strung guitar- but you will develop the skills to go on and explore any style of music on any type of guitar. We aim to help you develop the knowledge and skill to make your own musical choices.

Each lesson is around 10 minutes, slow paced and fairly gentle, but - you will also need to practise to get the most from the course.

Throughout Richard concentrates on building a greater awareness of posture and relaxation to help you safely build strength and agility. He recommends a standing position, if you are able, so you will need a good strap and locking strap buttons. If not you can sit in the conventional classical position.

This module will show you a good, simple and flexible technique. You’ll be introduced to written notation and will become familiar with chord symbols.


Unlimited Access with an Academy Passport

Instead of paying for this course in one lump sum; for less than the monthly price of some gym memberships, the Academy Passport helps you flex your musical muscles while staying in control of your budget. Plus, if you have a Hobgoblin or other coupon, this is where you'll need to use it.
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With 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.

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Richard Durrant
Richard Durrant
DipRCM ARCM FLCM

Richard studied guitar, cello, composition and piano at the Royal College of Music. He is an Associate of the Royal College of Music, a Fellow of the London College of Music and a proud ambassador for the Brighton Youth Orchestra.

This guitarist and composer is instantly recognisable as he is the only virtuoso soloist who performs standing up - and usually in bare feet! His playing is richly romantic, truly virtuosic and crosses all musical boundaries.

He performs on concert guitar, tenor guitar, ukulele and a variety of other instruments.

Richard was born in Brighton, England. By the time he entered the Royal College of Music, aged 18, he had already begun to explore classical, folk and contemporary music and had a growing reputation as a concert guitarist.

Following his official debut recital at the Purcell Room, Southbank Centre, London in July 1986, Richard turned sharply left and pursued his diverse interests in electro/acoustic music, improvisation, composition and multi-media. He has remained, by choice, outside of the classical music establishment ever since, in fact he recommends a total abandonment of what he calls “the C word”.


Course Curriculum

Lesson 2. Choosing a study instrument. Building a technique using nylon strings.
11:39
Lesson 3. Left hand, right hand. Simple exercises to build a strong technical foundation.
11:36
Lesson 4. Progressing with rest stroke and free stroke.
12:09
Lesson 5. Melody and chords including some simple notation.
12:55
Lesson 6. Includes some musical geography, more chords and simple notated melodies.
14:51

Reviews (3)

Enjoyable and Challenging.

by Lesley Slater
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.

Excellent Lessons done 1 to 4

by Simon Popek
Excellent lessons. Look forward to lesson five. Having studied classical guitar in the sixties these lessons have sparked up interest getting back on track again. Your first guitar is like my one its ok in a small room but lacks volume as you say ply wood sound board is the problem and mine has flat frets. The only problem it has no strap anchor points on the guitar body. Have to look in to this see if there is a way around it or up date to a reasonable guitar.

Early days but...

by RON MARSH
Very early days (Currently at lesson 4), but I'm enjoying starting from the bottom and having a direction. Having done my own thing for 50 years it's good to get back to a proper discipline and feel I'm cleaning up my act. I never thought I would be 'going back to school' in this way. I have always felt very limited in what I can achieve and felt boxed in and unable to break out in a more creative way, but I'm hopeful that I can really move on. I like the (usual) casual but focussed approach and the constant reminders of the basics as it's easy to fall back into old habits. Sometimes takes a bit of finding my way around - but I'm an old fogey. Not sure what constitutes a 'Module'. As lessons are being added as we go along I wonder if they will continue on beyond 'lesson 10'?? (Still need to sort out a strap etc. as my old box is so old it never came with any facility for a strap and my arrangement is a bit makeshift. It'll be interesting to see the difference it makes when I get that sorted)!

Enjoyable and Challenging.

by Lesley Slater
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.

Excellent Lessons done 1 to 4

by Simon Popek
Excellent lessons. Look forward to lesson five. Having studied classical guitar in the sixties these lessons have sparked up interest getting back on track again. Your first guitar is like my one its ok in a small room but lacks volume as you say ply wood sound board is the problem and mine has flat frets. The only problem it has no strap anchor points on the guitar body. Have to look in to this see if there is a way around it or up date to a reasonable guitar.

Early days but...

by RON MARSH
Very early days (Currently at lesson 4), but I'm enjoying starting from the bottom and having a direction. Having done my own thing for 50 years it's good to get back to a proper discipline and feel I'm cleaning up my act. I never thought I would be 'going back to school' in this way. I have always felt very limited in what I can achieve and felt boxed in and unable to break out in a more creative way, but I'm hopeful that I can really move on. I like the (usual) casual but focussed approach and the constant reminders of the basics as it's easy to fall back into old habits. Sometimes takes a bit of finding my way around - but I'm an old fogey. Not sure what constitutes a 'Module'. As lessons are being added as we go along I wonder if they will continue on beyond 'lesson 10'?? (Still need to sort out a strap etc. as my old box is so old it never came with any facility for a strap and my arrangement is a bit makeshift. It'll be interesting to see the difference it makes when I get that sorted)!