Beginner song - Walk of life

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.

We’ll cover the three main guitar parts: the blues rhythm guitar, the chords high up, the iconic intro and break link solo, plus the bassline. In amongst all these we’ll look at:

  1. The chords of E, A and B in 1st position and as barre chords.
  2.  Rock ‘n’ roll strumming of the full chord shapes
  3. Rock ‘n’ roll strumming of the bluesy riff
  4. Learning the lead line
  5. A quick grasp of the bassline and maybe how to incorporate it into the  rhythm guitar part.
  6. Using a looper to layer the different guitar parts.

The overall objective is simply to teach the essence of this should-know song.

Online course/lesson format

  • Lesson 1 – beginner
  • Lesson 2 – beginner and intermediate
  • Lesson 3 – intermediate

Buying options:

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

Materials will be provided for the chosen lessons.

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.

We’ve always recognised that the real work takes place after a course and so we provide a comprehensive set of materials for home practice; these vary from course to course. Over and above learning the song(s) 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.

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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