Riff #18: Romeo And Juliet – Dire Straits (Songs Guitar Lesson RF-018) How to play

In this guitar lesson I’ll take you through sweet much the whole song, but most of the time is spent on the riff which is the trickiest bit and also the bit most people want to play! :) Hope you dig it. I’ll place some info on the tuning and any other hints I can reckon of on the web site Taught by Justin Sandercoe. Full support at the justinguitar web site where you will find hundreds of lessons on a wide range of subjects, and all the scales and chords that you will ever need! There is a fantastic forum too to get help, no matter what the problem. And it is all really free, no bull. No try out lessons, no memberships, no free ebook. Just tons of fantastic lessons :) To get help with this lesson (and for further info and tabs), find the Lesson ID in the video title (like ST-667 or whatever) and then look it up on the Lesson Index page of justinguitar.com www.justinguitar.com Have fun .
Video Rating: 4 / 5


  1. vfa3sg4 says:

    I don’t speak english very well but i have translate very nearly everything and your lesson seems useful, excellent job :)
    But, the audiovideo quality is brilliant and the song is a real masterpiece

  2. jonasjar says:

    Very excellent lesson no doubt! Professional grade more or less

  3. MurasameIsMine says:

    best guitar tutor on YouTube ….. !!!

  4. BrianGoG404 says:

    Hey Justin… Fantastic tutorial…. One of the best on the Youtube.. Ive been tiresome to work out your strumming try out. But im not quite sure what your doing. It looks like your slapping the low E and pulling down to strum all the clarification in the C Chord… When i play it this way it sounds like there’s something missing could you enlighten me Please. Keep up the Fantastic Work

  5. TalkToTheBody says:

    OMG gorgeous, super simple chord shapes but horrendously hard flatpicking on the other end :D Fantastic tutorial, many thanks. Nice vocals too

  6. trh6887 says:

    Magnificent, Justin. Your rendition of this fantastic Knopfler song–just one of many–is worthy of the master picker himself. You get wonderful riffs and chords out of that sweet guitar of yours, and your vocal routine is as pleasing as your guitar playing. Some of your arpeggios sound like a fine harp. I’m sure that aspiring players would appreciate your approach to other Dire Strait songs like “Telegraph Road” and “Sultans of Swing.” Your instruction is clear and inspiring. Well done, Mate!

  7. ferovac989 says:

    Finally complete lesson for this gorgeous song… Thank you Justin, Best teacher ever!!!

  8. ivanozr7 says:

    Nice ring!

  9. DutchBOYhursT says:

    @jacque123ish tuning DGDGBD (top to bottom string) without capo, then just add capo to third fret.

  10. jacque123ish says:

    can someone please tell me how to get into right tuning for this song??

  11. rdsr13 says:


  12. umairjs says:

    is there a tab for this!?

  13. discombobulator97 says:

    @Quminki tuning up basically just means tuning. and you want to tune after the capo because i judge that is the clarification he tells you for but i could be incorrect

  14. Quminki says:

    do i place the capo and tune or tune and then place the capo?
    oh and… when i tune i didnt know what u ment by tuning up- what like, spining the key to make a higher note instead of a lower note?!

  15. s1nnerb0y says:

    @AlexStorkMusic Hear,Hear

  16. Nicky282820 says:

    I can’t express in words how grateful I am for what you are doing and as long as Justin, thank you. I’m off to buy the first of your E books having just signed up to the site.
    Thanks again! :)

  17. EndCat47 says:

    we need a collaborative routine with the largest guitar teachers on youtube. Justin, Marty and a couple others i cant reckon of

  18. bradgoose says:

    Pat on the back Justin, fantastic job.
    I loved istening to you singing and playing the song through after the lesson. Really nice

  19. Wolowitz75 says:

    can you teach the walk of life alse? would be fantastic!, thx for the fantastic lesson, i can very nearly do it except for that hard part

  20. hira1011 says:

    been tiresome every day before work and after work 3 days nearly there having prob’s with that hard part you were saying about i’ll get it thank you JUSTIN always wanted to learn this

  21. hira1011 says:

    hey justin what type of guitar is that sounds excellent , i’m looking to buy a guitar any help will fantastic thx

  22. dmaher2007 says:

    you are right, he uses the 3rd fiddle with for the strum.

  23. AAscension says:

    You are aware that you said ”G-tuning” at the beginning but that it has to be a ”B-tuning”? :p

  24. AlexStorkMusic says:

    Hey Justin,

    Hope you’re well mate.

    Just came across your page recently via this lesson. You came across very well and it was clear by your technique that you are a professional.

    I since check out some more of your videos and website and am really impressed, you’re on top of your game.

    Your honour system is inspiring and I hope your doing well from all the work, you deserve it!



  25. jcmoovee says:

    @RingsOfNeptune change the tuning go outside your comfort zone :)

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