Quick Start Lessons

Simple lessons to start making music in minutes | taught by Richard Durrant

Course description

If you've never played guitar before it would be easy to get frustrated when things don't sound great. But don't worry, you have chosen just the right place to start. What will make the difference to your experience is having Richard Durrant in front of you guiding your hands and training your ears.

Quick Start Acoustic Guitar Lessons will get you making music straight away. Richard will show you how to play some cornerstone chords whilst strumming basic rhythms. 

These lessons will help you produce a lovely, open, ringing folk sound as well as exploring more jazzy chords . All are payed with a plectrum on metal strings. This really is the perfect start to your Acoustic Guitar playing.

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Richard Durrant
Richard Durrant
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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

Quick Start Acoustic Guitar - Easy First Chords
11:38
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Quick Start Acoustic Guitar - Chords in the key of Dm
09:46
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Quick Start Acoustic Guitar - The all powerful E chord
07:15
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Quick Start Acoustic Guitar - Chords in the key of G
09:42
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Quick Start Acoustic Guitar - Big D Little D
09:11
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Quick Start Acoustic Guitar - Using a drop D tuning
08:55
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Quick Start Acoustic Guitar - Chords in E and Em
09:58
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Quick Start Acoustic Guitar - 12 Bar Blues & 1st Bar Chords
09:47
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Quick Start Acoustic Guitar - The 9th chord and left hand damping
10:41
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Quick Start Acoustic Guitar - The diminished chord
08:28
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