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Music is a magical gift for people of all ages. So whether you're a young aspiring rock star or a retiree who wants to develop your creativity, it's our pleasure to help you along your musical journey.
The National Guitar Academy course library is a complete map from 'guitar beginner' to 'professional-level guitarist'. 

Thousands of high-quality HD and 4K video lessons, courses, downloads, tools and resources that will transform your guitar ability. 

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Here are the FREE bonus gifts you get when you join LeadMaster today...
FREE Bonus Gift #1
Bonus Mini-Course: Lead Guitar Improvisation Masterclass
Boom! In this Video Masterclass Mike and Jack guide you through 5 REAL musical improvisation scenarios. We’re going deep! You get to see the LeadMaster techniques being applied in real situations. 
 The jamming and discussion in these videos covers a lot of ground. We discuss keys, pentatonic licks, solo skills, how to create ‘mood’, using root notes for plotting, how to phrase & garnish notes, using triads to compliment chord tones, defining keys & using intervals for guitar black magic!
Value: $49.99
You pay: $0.00 FREE 
FREE Bonus Gift #2
Bonus VIP Download: '30 Essential Licks and Riffs Every Guitarist Must Know'
In this bonus download, we share our 30 favourite licks and riffs. They are tabbed clearly for your convenience and will give you a repertoire of riffs you can use immediately
This is really cool and PACKED with useful licks & riffs for both beginners and intermediate players. If you want to upgrade your lead guitar skills and sound more polished and musical you will love this bonus VIP download!
Value: $19.99
You pay: $0.00
FREE Bonus Gift #3
Bonus VIP Download: 'The ULTIMATE Lead Guitar Cheat Sheet - The 7 insider secrets that will set your riffs, licks and solos on fire'
Did you know that there are 7 quick and easy tips that will INSTANTLY make your lead guitar playing sound more expressive and sophisticated?
In this epic bonus pack, we share our 7 best lead guitar secrets. These simple tricks will set your riffs, licks and solos on fire and make you sound more musical instantly. They also improve your lead guitar technique and flair.
(In short: it's lots of fun!)
Value: $39.99
You pay: $0.00 FREE
FREE Bonus Gift #4
Lifetime access to the secret National Guitar Academy VIP Facebook Group
As a student in the National Guitar Academy you will gain access to our 'VIP Facebook Group', where you can chat and collaborate with other guitar learners and also get additional guidance and support from our team.
Value: $240.00 per year ($20 per month)
You pay: $0.00 FREE
FREE Bonus Gift #5
Lifetime updates to LeadMaster
As time goes by technology changes and evolves, and the guitar world does too. But you won't have to worry as we've got your back! 

You will receive FREE LeadMaster course updates and lifetime access to ensure you stay fully up-to-date.
Value: $197.00 per year (1-year license to access our software)
You pay: $0.00 FREE
1. ChordMaster - What's included?
Beginner level:
  • Change chords quickly & smoothly... With FLUIDITY
  • Make your chords sound crisp and accurate
  • Improve your finger accuracy and stop touching unwanted strings
  • Add ‘embellishments’ to your chords to play with more flair. Learn notes and tricks you can add “in-between” chords to sound more musical.
  • Eliminate 'string buzz' and stop deadening unwanted strings
Intermediate level:
  • Play barre chords in a sharp & clean way without deadening unwanted strings.  
  • Understand and USE the powerful CAGED system framework to explore the entire fretboard
  • Master moveable chord shapes like major 7, minor 7 and dominant 7’s. 
  • Unlock the ‘DNA’ of the guitar neck with powerful key-based techniques. 
  • Understand chord theory and chord construction for EVERY chord type.
  • Master moveable advanced chord shapes like diminished, augmented, m7b5, major 9, dominant 9, minor 9, dominant 11’s and 13’s and inversions.
Our chords course is called 'ChordMaster'. Click here to see exactly what's inside the course.
2. RhythmMaster - What's included?
Beginner level:
  • Strum any song smoothly... With FLUIDITY.
  • Make your strumming sound more professional and interesting.
  • Add ‘embellishments’ to your guitar strumming to play with more flair.
  • Move past the plateau that so many guitarists find themselves in, when everything you play sounds underwhelming and similar.
  • FEEL the beat of a song and play in time, always.
Intermediate level:
  • Apply strumming tricks and rhythms you can add “in-between” chords and standard strumming to sound more musical.
  • Make your barre chords sound more colourful and textured.
  • Explore the shapes of the CAGED system to develop NEW sounds and strumming options.
  • Explore 'guitar hero' strumming techniques like partial strumming and percussive strumming to radically enhance your musicality.
  • Develop fingerpicking skills and learn classic fingerpicking patterns you can use for any song
Our strumming course is called 'RhythmMaster'. Click here to see exactly what's inside the course.
3. LeadMaster - What's included?
  • Lead guitar basics (knowing which notes work with one another)
  • Playing lead with fluidity (connecting and linking scales, riffs and phrases)
  • Creating amazing solos (with cool intros and endings)
  • Improvising effortlessly (in all genres)
  • Using scales correctly (knowing what works with what, major vs minor etc)
  • How to practice effectively (to improve as quickly as possible)
  • Avoiding frustration (& fatigue)
  • Having perfect lead guitar technique (finger and pick placement)
  • Beating common lead guitar problems (big fingers / arthritis / strings breaking / strings buzzing etc)
Our lead guitar course is called 'LeadMaster'. Click here to see exactly what's inside the course
4. TheoryMaster - What's included?
Novice guitarists will learn:
  • Why Music Theory Matters So Much (PS, it's EASY!)
  • HOW the fretboard works and WHY
  • The musical alphabet (‘sharps’ vs ‘flats’ etc), music theory vs guitar theory.
  • What are KEYS, why do they matter and how do we use them?
  • What are SCALES, why do they matter and how do we use them?
  • How To Learn Lead Guitar TWICE AS FAST Using Relative Keys
  • What Are Intervals? 
Intermediate guitarists will learn about:
  • The Theory of The Major Scale & How Major Scale Notes 'Become' The Chords Of The Key
  • The Theory of The Minor Scale & How Minor Scale Notes 'Become' The Chords Of The Key
  • How To Easily Work Out The Chords In A Key
  • How To Work Out The Key of A Song?
  • What Guitar Keys Should I Learn?
  • Musical keys and their common chord progressions
  • Chord construction
  • Advanced chords (including major and minor 3rd, 6ths, 7ths and diminished)
  • Advanced guitar scales and modes (including Dorian, Mixolydian, Lydian Phrygian and Locrian scales)
Our theory course is called 'TheoryMaster'. Click here to see exactly what's inside the course
Frequently Asked Questions
How does it work?
There are 11 modules in the course. Each module contains between three and twenty six video lectures that you can watch at any time that’s convenient for you. Most lectures are between 5 and 10 minutes long, and they’re all available online.

Jack and I have always got the guitar in our hands and I’m constantly demonstrating with examples. This is a very visual course, it’s very easy to follow. (You will have NO guesswork!) Dozens of the lessons have downloadable PDF's with chordboxes that supplement the main video lesson.

As a LeadMaster student we see you as a 'VIP', so if you ever get stuck, or have a question, you can email us and we'll respond quickly to any questions you may have.

Do I have to show up at a particular place or a particular time?
No, the entire course happens online, and you can take it from any place where you have an internet connection. All lectures are prerecorded so you can watch them at any time that works for you. 

Of course, you can also enjoy all the lectures on your smartphone or tablet.

Do the videos need to be downloaded? Does it take up memory on my computer/phone/tablet?
No. The course is hosted entirely on Vimeo's industry-leading servers. You don’t need to download anything and it won’t take up any memory on your device.
Is the course transferable from one device to another?
Yes. You simply access the course on our website from whatever device you want to use

How much time do I need in order to take this course?
You can spend as much or as little time as you want, and you get lifetime access to all course materials, so there is no reason to complete the course within a certain time period.

You can follow the course at your own pace and always come back to the videos later when you want to revisit the material or work on improving certain aspects of your guitar playing.

Even if the timing is not right for you, I still encourage you to sign up because the registration won’t open again anytime soon (and when it does, the price will almost certainly be higher).
What if I’m not good with technology?
The majority of our students describe themselves as 'not good with technology', so don't worry! Even if you feel like you know nothing about technology, you won’t feel left out.

The course is very easy to navigate and all technical concepts are described in simple terms while avoiding unnecessary jargon, which allows people from all age groups to successfully participate in Leadmaster.

And just in case you get stuck, you can always ask any questions, which will be promptly answered either by me or one of my team members.

Technology should not stand in the way of your creativity!
What if I’m really terrible on guitar?
You don’t need any previous guitar experience to join Leadmaster. All the lectures start from the very beginning while gradually progressing into advanced topics.

The course is specially designed for beginner-to-advanced guitarists. There are no prerequisites and anyone can learn to play the guitar.

Even if you think you have no talent or artistic ability, you’ll be able to play the guitar by applying the specific techniques that you’re going to discover in Leadmaster.

What if I’m already an experienced guitarist?
If you’ve been actively studying guitar for several years, you’re probably going to be familiar with some of the ideas and techniques that are discussed in this course.

With that said, I’ve learned over the years that you can always pick up new things from other guitarists. Always. There’s always a lick, riff, springboard, idea or concept that you can take and implement into your own playing.

If you’re worried that you might already know everything we teach in this course, I encourage you to sign up, go through some of the modules, and ask for a refund if you’re not learning new things.

In my experience, no matter how much experience you already have, there are always more things to learn!

Does it make any difference if I have an acoustic or electric guitar?
It makes no difference at all. Guitar is guitar. We encourage all our students to take an interest in BOTH.

You are not a well rounded guitarist unless you play both. Why only experience half of the joy of guitar? Play acoustically and amplified!

What if I don’t have a guitar?
Beg, borrow, steal… Do whatcha have to do to get one! (You can’t learn guitar without playing guitar.)
Why is the price in US dollars? How much does the course cost in British pounds?
The majority of our students are in the US so that’s why we price in dollars.

The USD dollar v GBP pound exchange rate changes frequently. To see how much LeadMaster costs in pounds based on today’s exchange rate Google it. (Or click here.)

How does the money back guarantee work?
It's simple. If you want to request a refund, send an email to within 30 days of your purchase and you’ll get 100% of your money back, no questions asked.

We can only afford to offer this cast-iron guarantee because we know people will love this course!

Is it safe to pay by credit card online?
Your security and privacy are important to us. We use industry-standard encryption to protect your credit card details throughout the checkout process, your information is never shared with anyone and we don't see your credit card details. (The entire process is handled by Stripe who are a global leader in online payments.)

And of course, you’re also protected by our generous 30-Day Money Back Guarantee.

How can I contact you?
You can email us at or via our contact page which is here.

Are you on Facebook?
Yes. Our facebook page is here 

My question isn’t listed here!
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