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 I'm refilming a lot of the old videos that were not good quality as well as trying to do at least one new song each week.
Not every lesson will be to your taste but hopefully you'll find plenty to keep you busy in the 700+ lessons we have up already :) See the Lesson Index or just surf around!
p.s - I've not finished with any of the Songbook lessons yet, I'll get back to doing more from each one in the future.
We Came As Strangers (Justin's Band!)
My band We Came As Strangers released our new album Shattered Matter in June 2014, our debut album, Recipe For Adventure in May 2013. All our albums are available on iTunes and Amazon MP3. T-shirts and merch on the WCAS website!
What am I up to???
Latest Lesson Updates! TOTAL FREE LESSONS ON THIS SITE: 737 :)
25-07-14 • Thank ROCK for the awesome Creep by Radiohead
23-07-14 • Technique ReVamp: this time we're Rolling!
18-07-14 • Rock Friday for the legendary Highway To Hell by AC/DC
17-07-14 • Technique ReVamp: The incredible Finger Gym
12-07-14 • Technique ReVamp: Vibrato (Whole Arm Movement)
11-07-14 • Thank Rock It's Friday: The Who's Behind Blue Eyes
10-07-14 • Technique ReVamp: Vibrato (Hand Movement)
09-07-14 • Technique ReVamp: Minimum Movement Exercise
08-07-14 • Technique ReVamp: Finger Stretching Exercise
05-07-14 • Always wanted to leard slide? check out Slide Guitar Basics
04-07-14 • Thank Rock It's Friday returns with Soundgarden's Black Hole Sun
Latest News - August 2014
I just got back from a week doing some alpine mountaineering in the Swiss Alps, managed to climb two 4000m mountains: the Weissmeis Traverse (picture on the summit on the left!) which was an amazing climb and the Allalinhorn via the Hohlaub route which was an AD grade climb, pretty exposed rock climbing near the summit. Stayed in a mountain hut the night before reaching the summits, up at 4am and setting off in the dark with a head torch and involved 5+ hours of hard work getting up snowy glaciers, rock climbing sections and narrow ridges. Awesome fun.
Now back to work! Release the Intermediate Method Book for pre-sale today, will be shipping from August 13. Took a lot of work to get this one together and I'm really happy with it, so if you got sketchy internet connection or you prefer to be able to scribble your own notes in the margins like I do then you'll love this book over the web site!
The BBC Radio 2 "Guitar Pick Up" is still running and you can hear me on the John Bishop's show on Saturday mornings sometime between 10 and 1 and see how JB is getting on with the lessons himself! Really cool guy and I think the series is really cool.
The We Came As Strangers ReMix competition was decided - awesome winning entry by DOPPEL MΩNΩKEL and runners up Lukas Prakopavicius and Cue Zephyr. Well done everyone who entered, it was a lot of fun listening to them all, and it sounds like y'all had a lot of fun too :)
Been busy getting new lessons and songs done and you'll find the Techniques area of the site has had a mahoosive revamp, I refilmed many of the old low quality lessons. Big thanks to y'all that suggested it, been a massive improvement. Still a lot to do though, will be filming more new lessons and revamps this week, as well as more songs.
So much to do, and so little time, but I'm loving every minute.
Hope ur all doing great - wishing you much 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, El Capistan and Timeline delay effects pedals), PedalTrainPedalboards (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 15 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!
I'm just a guitar player, but I also care deeply about the state of the planet (and the people on it!) and maybe I can introduce you to some things you are not aware of, or just things that I care about. So take time to read the articles if you are interested, otherwise just turn the page and ignore...
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 possession. 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
27-05-14 • Rockin Chewsday, Do I Wanna Know by the Arctic Monkeys.
24-05-14 • The incredible Purple Haze by Jimi Hendrix - wow this is SO popular!!
20-05-14 • Steve Harley and Cockney Rebel classic Make Me Smile (Come Up And See Me)
19-05-14 • Jazz Standard: Blue Bossa - Harmonic Analysis
18-05-14 • Jazz Standard: Blue Bossa - Melody
17-05-14 • Jazz Standard: Blue Bossa - Chords
17-05-14 • Basic Bossa Nova Rhythm lesson
15-05-14 • More Garage Band, now we're Using Loops To Create Backing Tracks!
13-05-14 • It's So Easy by Buddy Holly (including the solo) is this weeks vintage hit!
08-05-14 • First of new Recording Techniques tutorials, GarageBand Introduction!
06-05-14 • More vintage awesomeness with Bye Bye Love by The Everly Brothers!
04-05-14 • And lastly the Harmonic Analysis of Misty for a nice Sunday headache :)
03-05-14 • Melody for the Jazz Standard Misty.
02-05-14 • Chords for the Jazz Standard Misty.
29-04-14 • The beautiful Bridge Over Troubled Water is this weeks vintage classic!
23-04-14 • Pinball Wizard by The Who is this weeks vintage hit!
20-04-14 • Jazz Walking Bass for Autumn Leaves soundalike.
16-04-14 • More supercool vintage hits, Lola by The Kinks!
12-04-14 • Jazz 'Standard Saturday' starts with the classic Autumn Leaves! (3 videos!)
07-04-14 • The classic You Got A Friend by James Taylor, awesome :)
02-04-14 • How to read a jazz chart, more prep for the Stds series
01-04-14 • More vintage classics with Oh Pretty Woman by Roy Orbison
29-03-14 • How To Learn A Jazz Standard, great prep for the coming series!
26-03-14 • Stuff I wishsome told me when I was younger, Jazz Lingo.
25-03-14 • The Band, The Weight from The Last Waltz!
19-03-14 • More Jazz, all about The Real Book!
12-03-14 • The 2 & 4 Jazz Metronome to get you swinging.
11-03-14 • Classic vintage song The First Cut Is The Deepest
05-03-14 • Jazz series continues with Basic Jazz Rhythm
04-03-14 • Easy great sounding Vintage hit Be My Baby by The Ronettes
26-02-14 • Reworking the jazz series with 10 Basic Jazz Chords, join the journey here!
25-02-14 • Vintage classic, Heard It Through The Grapevine, lots of fun this one.
24-02-14 • 5' Guitar Exercise: Quality Notes, gotta make 'em as good as you can.
21-02-14 • 5' Guitar Exercise: Fartlek Subdivisions!
18-02-14 • The beautiful ballad Unchained Melody for you this week :)
13-02-14 • Bit more Uke for you, getting into Moveable Shape 1
12-02-14 • All time Vintage Songbook classic, Angie by The Rolling Stones
11-02-14 • New promo video for the Jammin Masterclass DVD w Marty!
10-02-14 • Another super useful technique exercise, The Disappearing Metronome
04-02-14 • Starting off the NEW SERIES: 5' Guitar Exercises with awesome one Finding Melodies
23-01-14 • Keepin on the Uke, Notes On The Uke Neck
16-01-14 • More cool Uke strumming, the 2 & 4 Hit.
12-01-14 • Everyone loves The Beatles, Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds
07-01-14 • Ukulele Shuffle Strumming to get your groove on
05-01-14 • Ever popular tune, Your Song by Elton John!
01-01-14 • Another bunch of Uke Open Chords for you!
31-12-13 • All time classic, In My Life by The Beatles
27-12-13 • More Uke fun, Open Chords on the Ukulele
24-12-13 • Vintage classic from The King, Love Me Tender!
17-12-13 • Crooner vintage hit for the Red Sox fans, Sweet Caroline by Neil Diamond. Legend.
12-12-13 • I've started on the Uke lessons, Getting Going on the Ukulele!!
10-12-13 • More vintage Beatles brilliance, You've Got To Hide Your Love Away
05-12-13 • Quick Tip: Take Care Of Your Posture!
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 special 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
27-09-13 • All time classic rock - Since You've Been Gone by Rainbow
26-09-13 • Quick Tip: Learn Basic Piano 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 Optimum Performance
06-08-13 • Huge hit ballad Angels by Robbie Williams
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 Passenger 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, Chasing 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 Effective 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 • Effective 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 Schedule
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.