Hello and welcome to my free guitar lesson web site!
There are many hundreds of free guitar lessons here, most with video and audio, and as you can imagine it's taken quite a lot of work for me to put it together. It's important to me to help everyone that wants to learn to play the guitar, not just those with money to spend on tuition, so I run it on an "honour system".
It relies on the honesty of its users to make a donation if they can afford to. Donations allow me to keep it free, so if you like what I'm doing here then please support the site, don't leave it for "everyone else": make a donation or buy some products. Thanks for your support!
Wishing you love, peace and happiness (and many years of guitar fun!)
New Lesson Schedule!
I try my best to get new cool content for y'all as often as I can. At the moment there are 2 weekly series scheduled, plus other bits I get to along the way! Not every lesson will be to your taste but hopefully you'll find plenty to keep you busy in the 600+ lessons we have up already :) See the Lesson Index or just surf around!
Every Tuesday: New Vintage Songbook song.
Every Thursday: New Quick Tip.
Plus more as I can make them!
We Came As Strangers (Justin's Band!)
What am I up to???
Latest Lesson Updates! TOTAL FREE LESSONS ON THIS SITE: 668 :)
03-12-13 • Vintage classic, Take It Easy by The Eagles
28-11-13 • Quick Tip: The Sock Neck Mute!
27-11-13 • Release of the Justin & Marty's Jammin Masterclass DVD!!
26-11-13 • Vintage Songbook: Sunny Afternoon by the Kinks! amazing Ray Davies song!
25-11-13 • Very speacial xmas offer, a free D'Addario NT Micro Tuner with all orders over £50!
25-11-13 • NEW RELEASE: The Justinguitar Vintage Songbook is now available for pre-order
22-11-13 • Classic Christmas Song: Happy Xmas (War Is Over) by John Lennon & Yoko Ono
21-11-13 • Quick Tip: Protect Your Hearing
19-11-13 • Classic Christmas Song: Merry Christmas Baby by Elvis Presley
15-11-13 • Rock Songbook: The wonderful Alison by Elvis Costello
14-11-13 • Quick Tip: Fixing A Loose Strap Pin
24-10-13 • Quick Tip: Use Someone Else's Ears
18-10-13 • Massive hit for the Stereophonics, Handbags And Gladrags
17-10-13 • Quick Tip: Record Yourself
11-10-13 • Hair metal hit Every Rose Has It's Thorn by Poison
10-10-13 • Quick Tip: Eyebrow Finger Lube?? huh?
04-10-13 • Awesome guitar riff in All Right Now by Free!
03-10-13 • Quick Tip: Never Play Over The SInger
Merry Xmas offer from justinguitar.com! :)
Between Midnight November 25th and Xmas eve, we'll be giving away a free D'Addario NS Micro tuner worth £15.99 (US$32.99) with all orders of physical products (books, DVDs and CDs) over £50 (or equivalent USD, AUD or EUR currency). It's an awesome little tuner, very small, and these bad boys are awesome for getting in tune fast and easy without messing around with plugging in and all that. *Terms and conditions
All our Bundle Packs will be eligible for this offer and already have massive savings on them too!! What better gift for yourself (or your loved ones) this Christmas :)
Mark Knopfler on justinguitar.com
"If you told me you wanted to get going on guitar I'd recommend Justin Sandercoe."
Mark Knopfler (www.markknopfler.com) July 2013
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"On a day when there's a temptation to go into a dark place, and only see all the bad stuff there is in the world ... greed, cruelty, exploitation, selfishness ... I get days like that pretty often .... it's great to find someone giving out, and giving out good, and operating on an honour basis ... There are so many people who can't afford Guitar lessons .... well, here's a wonderful guy who has set up a whole system of teaching guitar ... Blues, Jazz, Rock, even Songwriting, from the basics, tuning the guitar, etc ... upwards ... If you use his site, it's up to you to determine how much you can contribute ... but this is an amazing site .... he is also very aware of issues in the world which need attention ... a great channel .. Check him out. He's a giver."
Brian May (www.brianmay.com) May 2008, on his blog, Brian May's Soapbox.
Steve Vai on justinguitar.com!
"I have checked out Justin's site and found it to be comprehensive and informative. I have always felt that learning about music and especially music theory applied to the guitar, is helpful in finding your own unique voice on the instrument and expanding your creative horizons. Along with his insight into teaching and his fantastic abilities on the instrument, Justin has created a powerful go-to-place for anyone interested in exploring the instrument to their potential. Just don't hurt yourself".
Steve Vai (www.vai.com) November 2010
Richard Bennett on justinguitar.com
"There's an abundance of guitar information out there on the web, some good, some not. I stumbled across Justin Sandercoe's site a year ago and now tell everyone about it. The lessons are conveyed so clearly, concisely and in the most congenial way. The site is laid out logically as well so you can to go straight to your area of interest... beginner, blues, rock, folk, jazz, rhythm, fingerpicking... it's all there and more. Spend ten minutes with Justin and you'll not only play better but feel better too. From novice to know-it-all, everyone will learn something from Sandercoe."
Les Wise on justinguitar.com
After teaching guitar and music theory to thousands of students over past three decades, I thought that I had basically 'seen it all' when it comes to guitar instruction. Then I discovered Justin’s website, and man was I impressed! Justin’s caring spirit, attention to detail, vast knowledge base, and especially his lucid, laidback and nurturing style, allow students to fall in love with the learning process. You see, it’s not enough to simply find out how to play a few cool licks or chords. A truly great teacher will make you fall in love with the process of discovery so that you can unlock the best within you. Justin is one of these great teachers, and I highly recommend justinguitar.com to anyone who wants to tap into their best selves.
Jim Campilongo on justinguitar.com
"Justin is an instructor with that rare combination that encompasses great playing in conjunction with a thoughtful, likable personality. Justin's instruction is extremely intelligent because he's smart enough to know the 'basics' don't have to be served 'raw' - Justin keenly serves the information covered in chocolate. Justin's site is like a free pass in a candy store!"
Jim Campilongo (www.jimcampilongo.com) August 2013
Latest News - December 2013
December already?? noooooooo... This year has flown by so fast... too fast.
I'm working on a couple of new series, Recording Techniques and also some Uke lessons!! Gota full on schedule for next year with more books planned and remaking some of the old lesson series that are not up to the quality I get now, plus the lessons from the books and the new series... going to be another full on year.
Very much looking forward to recording the next We Came As Strangers album (or maybe EP) in Jan, going back to the farm for another couple of weeks of craziness :) We're going to explore a bit more of an electronic beats meeting folky guitar kinda vibe this time... at least that is the plan.
Lots of getting fit going on too, started doing home workouts and back running a lot, really need to get the gym thing going on but can't find the time. Next year I got the London Marathon, a Switz trip bagging 4000m peaks, the Inca Trail, and then a full on expedition in Nepal to bag three 6000m peaks!! So I gotta get myself in shape... proper like! Getting back into my Wing Chun training too which feels good.
I best get back to filming, doing a fun writing session later, then a guitar session for an ad, then band comfrence call about the new album and sketching ideas, gonna be a long day and I'm feeling tired before I've even really started!
Really appreciate your support and I want to wish you a wonderful xmas and that the new year bring you lots of love and laughter! :) J
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Endorsements and stuff I dig..
I'm real fussy about stuff I endorse, I will NEVER ever say to y'all that I play something if I'm not using it and honestly dig it. I do not get paid to use anything, but I do get discounted or free stuff sometimes. I don't have any exclusive deals and often use other stuff too.
Maton Acoustic Guitars (nearly all my acoustics are Maton), AER Acoustic Amplification (easily the best acoustic amplifiers available), Strymon (awesome Blue sky reverb and Timeline delay effects pedals), PedalTrain Pedalboards (I use a PT2 and a Jr), Voodoo Labs Pedal Power (Pro II and Pro Digital), Boomerang III (best sounding and easiest to use looper pedal around), The Gig Rig (Loopy 2, Quartermaster and Virtual Batteries), Lehle (quiet, solid and pure switcher pedals), RAT Stands (coolest looking music stands ever), Kyser Capos, DR Strings (my choice for well over 10 years), Cordial Road Line cables (great quality leads!) and Guitar Pro tab software.
Check them out, all seriously great tools for making happy sounds in your ears!
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Malaria - The quiet killer
Free Range Farming
Robin Hood Tax
This site is free for peace loving people - let's make this world a happy and safe place!
"Food for Thought"
Be who you are and say what you feel,
because those who mind don't matter, and those who matter don't mind.
Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.
The beautiful thing about learning is that nobody can take it away from you.
Music is everyone's posession. It's only publishers who think that people own it.
Many people die with their music still in them.
Why is this so? Too often it is because they are always getting ready to live.
Before they know it, time runs out.
Oliver Wendell Holmes
Morality is doing right, no matter what you are told.
Religion is doing what you are told, no matter what is right.
H L Mencken
27-09-13 • All time classic rock - Since You've Been Gone by Rainbow
26-09-13 • Quick Tip: Learn Basic Paino Skills!
24-09-13 • Why Does It Always Rain On Me from Travis
20-09-13 • Can you hear Hells Bells? classic AC/DC!
19-09-13 • Quick Tip: Be aware of what the listener hears!
17-09-13 • Mega hit Yellow by Coldplay from the Acoustic Songbook!
16-09-13 • Last We Came As Strangers video for The Colour Of You
16-09-13 • Skills: Tune Your Guitar Using Reference Pitches
16-09-13 • Skills: Tune Your Guitar Using the "5th Fret Technique"
16-09-13 • Skills: Tune Your Guitar Using Harmonics
16-09-13 • Skills: Tune Your Guitar To Drop D Tuning
16-09-13 • Skills: Tune Your Guitar To Double Drop D Tuning
16-09-13 • Skills: Tune Your Guitar To DADGAD Tuning
16-09-13 • Skills: Tune Your Guitar To Open G Tuning
16-09-13 • Skills: Tune Your Guitar To Open D Tuning
16-09-13 • Skills: Tune Your Guitar To Open E Tuning
13-09-13 • RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE!!! Killing In The Name - awesome!!
12-09-13 • Quick Tip: Use volume to clean up your dirt!
10-09-13 • Popular Eric Clapton ballad, Wonderful Tonight
09-09-13 • One my vocals from the last We Came As Strangers album, song called Cut Me Loose
06-09-13 • Brit Pop classic Don't Look Back In Anger by Oasis!
05-09-13 • Quick Tip: Express Your Feelings ;)
03-09-13 • Super easy beginner tune, That's All Right Mama by Elvis Presley!
02-09-13 • Rocking We Came As Strangers Track, Brick By Brick
30-08-13 • Most played rock riff ever? Smoke On The Water by Deep Purple
29-08-13 • Quick Tip: Practice Breaking Strings, a pro trick!
27-08-13 • Remake of the beginner's classic, Killing Me Softly With His Song by Roberta Flack
26-08-13 • More We Came As Strangers for you, Weather The Weather, my vocal and fun solo!
22-08-13 • Quick Tip: Explore Your Gear, why I don't give out settings.
20-08-13 • I Want To Hold Your Hand by The Beatles, Stage 1 Beginner's tune!
19-08-13 • Another We Came As Strangers track for you, Something To Sing!
16-08-13 • I Wanna Rock n Roll All Night by Kiss!
15-08-13 • Quick Tip: It's All About Rhythm
13-08-13 • Huge 90's hit Hand In Pocket by Allanis Morissette
12-08-13 • FourChords promo vid ft. Whiskey In The Jar
09-08-13 • Poptastic rock hit There She Goes by The La's
08-08-13 • Quick Tip: Set Your Strap For Optimim Performance
06-08-13 • Huge hit ballad Angels by Robbie Wiliams
02-08-13 • The grunge classic In Bloom by Nirvana
01-08-13 • Quick Tip: Always ask WHY?
30-07-13 • Chewsday Cheese Teardrops On My Guitar by Taylor Swift
26-07-13 • Classic Cream riff Sunshine Of Your Love by Cream
25-07-13 • Quick Tip: When NOT To Learn Scales...
23-07-13 • Mega pop I Kissed A Girl by Katy Perry
19-07-13 • The first Heavy Metal? Born To Be Wild by Steppen Wolf
18-07-13 • Quick Tip: How To Roll Up Your Cables
16-07-13 • Based on Bob's guitar it's Rise by Gabrielle
12-07-13 • Look in my eye? My Sharona by The Knack
11-07-13 • Quick Tip: ALWAYS Use Strap Locks
09-07-13 • 60's Sex Bomb's big hit These Boots Are Made For Walking by Nancy Sinatra
05-07-13 • Long live classic rock La Grange by ZZ Top
04-07-13 • Quick Tip: Your Heartbeat Guides The Tempo
02-07-13 • Dreams by Fleetwood Mac
28-06-13 • All My Life by The Foo Fighters
27-06-13 • Secure Your Cable
25-06-13 • Realize by Colby Caillat
18-06-13 • Strong Enough by Sheryl Crow
12-06-13 • Black Horse and the Cherry Tree by KT Tunstall
04-06-13 • True Colours by Cindi Lauper
31-05-13 • Razor Love by Neil Young
28-05-13 • Torn by Natalie Imbruglia
23-05-13 • Old Man by Neil Young
21-05-13 • What Took You So Long by Emma Bunton
11-05-13 • Buffalo Springfield Again by Neil Young
29-04-13 • Rollin In The Deep - Adele
23-04-13 • You're still the one by Shania Twain
16-04-13 • Price Tag by Jessie J
15-04-13 • Justin's band, We Came As Strangers ALBUM PREVIEW
10-04-13 • NEW RELEASE: The Justinguitar Ear Training App for iOS :)
09-04-13 • When You're Gone by Bryan Adams and Mel C
02-04-13 • The Passanger by Iggy Pop
26-03-13 • Cheesy Chewsday Choon: Sing by Travis
19-03-13 • Cheesy Chewsday Choon: Crazy by Gnarles Barkley
12-03-13 • Cheesy Chewsday Choon: I Gotta Feelin by The Black Eyed Peas.
04-03-13 • First Pop Songbook track, Chasic Cars by Snow Patrol
01-03-13 • Release of the new Pop Songbook :) shipping by end of March.
30-01-13 • George Harrison's fabulous My Sweet Lord
23-01-13 • The Man In Black by the legend Johnny Cash great acoustic song
16-01-13 • About time we had Elliott Smith's Between The Bars
09-01-13 • Acoustic classic, Norwegian Wood by The Beatles
08-01-13 • Last of the Effectice Practice series, Practice Without Your Instrument!
02-01-13 • First new song this year is Bird On The Wire by Leonard Cohen
01-01-13 • First of the new year is Effective Practice 8
26-12-12 • The Cave by Mumford & Sons is this weeks Acoustic Song!
25-12-12 • More practice help with Effective Practice 7
17-12-12 • New Acoustic tune is Don't Panic by Coldplay
16-12-12 • More practice help with Effective Practice 6
12-12-12 • Rotterdam by the Beautiful South from the Acoustic Songbook
11-12-12 • More practice help with PC-105 • Practice Makes Permanent
05-12-12 • I see a Blackbird in your future :)
04-12-12 • Effictive Practice Part 4: Use A Timer
30-11-12 • Neil Young classic Harvest Moon, what a great tune!
28-11-12 • More Acoustic Songbook... Lego House by Ed Sheeran
27-11-12 • Effective Practice Part 3: Keep A Shedule
23-11-12 • I Can't Help Falling In Love With You by Elvis, a Beginner's Tune!
21-11-12 • Where Did You Sleep Last Night by Nirvana from The Acoustic Songbook!
20-11-12 • Effective Practice 2 • Decide What To Practice
19-11-12 • One of my all time faves, The Heart Of Saturday Night by Tom Waits
18-11-12 • Top 10 "Road Rat" Tips with Pete Cook.
17-11-12 • Classic magic, Father and Son by Cat Stevens
14-11-12 • Acoustic Songbook, Tom Wait's Hold On
13-11-12 • Effective Practice 1 • Set Goals (new lesson in this series every Tuesday!)
12-11-12 • Interview and little jam with Gordon Giltrap :)
11-11-12 • Awesome 12 string song, Extreme's Hole Hearted
10-11-12 • 12 String Guitar: Tuning, Tips and Tricks, and demo of my new Maton.
10-11-12 • The A Team by Ed Sheeran, what a great song!
09-11-12 • Top surfer dude Donovan Frankenreiter's catchy choon, It Don't Matter.
08-11-12 • The Monkee's HUGE hit I'm a Believer.
06-11-12 • Death Cab For Cutie's magnificent dark ballad, I Will Follow You Into The Dark.
04-11-12 • Rocky Raccoon came into the room...
02-11-12 • Way Over Yonder In The Minor Key by Billy Bragg & Wilco from new songbook :)
I didn't keep the records of dates and stuff before this, wish I had now, be interesting to see. Oh well.