Beginner song - Walk of life

Beginner song. Learn Walk of life by Dire Straits. It’s a classic song using some great techniques. Full practice materials provided for this online course.


This is one of many instantly recognisable songs by Dire Straits. It has a simple rock and roll rhythm with chord changes limited to I, IV and V in the key of E. The long introduction has become iconic and we’ll touch on this. The lessons break down as follows:

Lesson 1 (relative beginner)

  1. Basic single line intro melody
  2. The acoustic guitar rhythm part
  3. A basic blues rhythm guitar part similar to Knopfler

Lesson 2 (beginner/intermediate)

  1. A simple triad version of the keyboard intro
  2. The famous keyboard riff as a single line melody with some double stops
  3. The actual Knopfler blues guitar part
  4. Expanding riff for the outro adding a bass note underneath our 7th position melody

Lesson 3 (intermediate)

  1. An advanced arrangement of the keyboard chord intro
  2. An advanced way of playing both the keyboard chords and single line melody as one guitar part
  3. A fully arranged verse and chorus lead guitar part based on the keyboard
  4. Playing the main riff within a chord strumming pattern

Buying options:

  • Lessons 1 & 2 only
  • Lessons 2 & 3 only
  • All three lessons

As you can see, we try to layer these lessons so that we cover off the more straight-forward elements early on and gradually build up to the more complex subjects. The bulk of each lesson is teaching (usually with a minimum number of questions taken along the way) but we dedicate the end slot for Q&A. With the lessons being online, assuming you are on mute, you can play along with our tutor or practise an exercise without interfering with anyone; if the tutor asks, and you’re so inclined, you can go on-screen for one-on-one coaching in front of the group.

In-lesson materials will be provided for the chosen lessons as well as  any practice materials: PDFs, lesson TABs, backing tracks and snippet videos of examples/exercises used during the lesson. Includes a full bass TAB for any bassists who would like to join (although this won’t be taught in the lessons).

We’ve always recognised that the real work takes place after a course and so our comprehensive set of materials should really help for home practice. Over and above learning the song our objective is to give you the tools to self-improve.

Course suitability
This course is for relative beginners-and-above acoustic and electric guitar players up to intermediate level (check out our FAQs’ Skill levels and suitable courses). There’s something for everyone in all our courses and the follow-on materials should help in both practising the song as well as understanding and applying any techniques and relevant theory covered.

Bass players
This course, although not designed for bassists, is a fantastic opportunity for playing and practice. We do provide bass parts on some courses and always offer guidance as we go through the lessons but we don’t formally teach the bass; any interested bassists should contact us beforehand. Note the earlier comment about a full TAB being included for bassists.

Call us for a chat at any time
Whatever level you are, you’ll have lots of takeaways to work on later. If you’d like to go through the course please call or email.

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