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National Guitar Academy

  • If you want to learn the guitar quickly and easily…
  • If you want to add more ‘musicality’ to your guitar playing…
  • If you want to be able to express yourself through music…
  • If you want to understand ‘how everything fits together’ in the guitar world…
  • If you’ve been floundering on YouTube watching random videos…
  • Or if you’re a songwriter or band-member looking for new ideas and inspiration…

…then you’re in the right place!

National Guitar Academy

I’ve been playing and teaching the guitar for over 20 years and through tens of thousands of hours of teaching students like you, I’ve learned what gets results fast.

My guitar tutorials will help you learn the guitar as quickly as possible and with the minimum amount of frustration.

I’ll teach you how to play with confidence and great technique. You’ll learn how to play exciting rhythm, bass and lead guitar and how to jam and improvise with other musicians. (If you’re interested, I’ll also teach you how to write great songs.)

‘Sounds good! How can I get started?’

Well firstly, forget about YouTube. There’s tons of great guitarists on YouTube, but very few great guitar TEACHERS on YouTube. (Being a good guitarist and being a good guitar teacher are two totally different things. Trust me, I own a guitar teaching business and have seen this first-hand.)

I own the Chester Guitar Academy (a UK-based guitar school), we have 12 teachers on our team and teach over 200 students. We’ve got a lot of cool knowledge and skills in our team and my aim is to share them with you.

Why not learn the best guitar tricks from people who teach guitar for a living? If you have a guitar and an internet connection then you have everything you need to get started.

You can join over 20,000 people who have subscribed to our email list to receive free guitar tutorials straight to their inbox.

Meet Mike Kennedy, The Founder of the National Guitar Academy

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Yes, I’ve had a haircut since the above pictures were taken! 🙂

My name is Mike Kennedy and I’m a guitar teacher, blogger and entrepreneur from the UK.

I was never musical as a kid. My favourite subjects in school were English and French (I love languages!), and I was known to be a bit of geek who loved only two things: football and video games.

But my life changed forever when a friend brought a guitar to my house when I was 16. He played a few chords that he’d learned and I gave it a try too. I instantly loved it.

I never really had a medium that I could use to express myself. I didn’t know how to draw or paint or write poetry, so I just assumed that I wasn’t a creative person. But with the guitar I could craft stories and express feelings easier than ever before.

I was hooked!

Over the coming months I played so much that my fingers bled (literally!) and I turned from being the least artistic person I knew into someone who could play songs they heard on TV or the radio and someone who could write their own songs.

I could bliss out with my acoustic guitar (the most relaxing thing in the world) or kick out a dirty riff with my electric guitar through a cranked amp. It was heaven!  (And y’know what? It still is. 20 years later, I still love it as much. In fact, I love it EVEN more. Learning to play the guitar is like nothing else I’ve ever done. It’s a lifelong gift.)

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My band years

After a year or so, I started playing with my friends and we formed a band. I knew that music would be central to my life. We had some cool adventures with the band over the years. We played thousands of gigs in the UK, Europe and America.

Our band was called the Mags and we were lucky enough to enjoy some real highlights including recording an album in New York City with some genuine music industry legends producing our first record: Danny ‘Kootch’ Kortchmar (Billy Joel, Carole King, John Lennon), Will Schillinger (The Beastie Boys, Aerosmith, The Ramones) and grammy award winning sound engineer Matt Shane.

We gigged all over the world and as a huge football fan playing in the opening ceremonies of the 2006 World Cup in Germany was very special.

Here’s a short vid-doc which was filmed during our third trip to the US and documents 24 hours in the life of the band.

When the band folded I started the Chester Guitar Academy. I wanted to keep music in my life and I wanted to share the amazing gift of music with as many people as possible.

Sting once said he didn’t need awards or money because “music is its own reward”. That’s easy for a multi-millionaire to say of course(!) but I honestly believe he’s right; it’s a magical thing.

Teaching guitar is something I love as I believe that the gift of music is a priceless one. It’s incredibly rewarding to help someone else learn.

Which brings us to today…

I want to help you dude! And that’s why I created the National Guitar Academy.

Today I have created one of the largest and best online guitar resources which helps thousands of readers become better guitarists. I teach people how to learn the guitar quickly and easily.

If you really want to take your guitar playing to the next level, check out my free guitar video lessons that will help you turbocharge your guitar ability.

I’ll sign off with a few pictures from my guitar adventures over the years. Hope to see you again soon! 🙂

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