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About Fretwise

Fretwise is a place where I present to you a collection of my best teaching resources for you to learn from. Unlike many online guitar schools who boast “thousands of lessons” – I strive to offer a more refined and structured selection of resources that have shaped the way I play and understand the guitar.

Darryl Syms

Your Instructor

What's included with a Fretwise subscription?

100+ Lessons

6 Masterclasses packed full of instructional content. All lessons include detailed video instruction with onscreen tabs & diagrams, accompanied with full written transcripts. Where necessary, tabs, diagrams, and backing tracks are also ready to download!

Progress Tracking

Keep track of your progress by marking resources as 'complete'. Your progress will be logged so that it's easy to continue where you left off and look back on how far you've progressed.

Fretwise Events

Participate in contests, hangouts, and join live streams. Events are hosted by Darryl and vary month-to-month.

Community Forums

Create and discuss topics and your questions in the community forums. Fretwise isn't just about learning, it's also about community. It's very motivating to tackle your skills amongst equally passionate and skilled guitar players.

Earn Points

Earn 'Wisdom' as you excel through the content. The more you learn, the more 'Wisdom' you acquire.

Daily Challenges

Perfect for those days where you don't have much time to practice, or maybe you just want a surprise change in topic from the norm. Daily Challenges are quick and fun lessons that you can work through in as little as just 5 minutes!

Nothing less than premium.

Fretwise is one of my proudest and most extensive projects ever. I’ve spent years building this whole operation, always striving for nothing less than a premium experience. Everything from the methods of my teaching, lesson structure, graphics, resources, website functionality, design, user experience, and all of the finer details that many might not even notice.

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What Students Are Saying

5.0 Star Rating

As Good of a Theory Primer as it Gets

This course goes along perfectly with the CAGED course that he offers and I personally have gone through both at least twice and plan to reference it as needed over years to come. Lessons are concise, yet thorough. I’d recommend doing one lesson per day to really get the most out of the material and to help it stick. The material he’s sharing is all very relevant and pertinent to your every day playing. There’s actually no section in any of his courses thus far that I’ve found to be redundant or non-practical. Keep rockin’ my friends!

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Best Teaching Method For The CAGED System I've Ever Taken

I ordered Martin Millers Fretboard Visualization Vol.1 and it had plenty of “exercises,” if that’s what you want to call them, but it explained nothing. Darryl’s CAGED Masterclass is just what I was looking for! If you want a fretboard visualization system to tie together Chords, Arpeggios, Scales and Interval mapping then do yourself a favor, get this masterclass…Like, NOW!

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A gem of a course from a gem of a player/teacher. Hands down winner here. I've learned so much from Darryl. Thank you!

I haven’t finished this course as I’m being as thorough as possible but its already provided so many incredible tools and lessons for hours of endless learning. It’s already a 5-Star course in my book. Darryl is an incredible teacher and player that has heaps of wonderful insight to the basics of guitar and music theory. Not to mention his tasteful playing is such an inspiration to my own. I’ve learned so much here and on youtube and I have you to thanks Darryl! Thank you. I love feeling the progress and finding connections through your lessons and my everyday playing. Hope to become my own best version of musical self on my guitar journey.
Personal side note as someone who has play guitar for over a decade and never learned a lick of theory. As I move through the course I make sure to take breaks in between learning the course material and try to apply it to both writing and learning other musicians music. I then go back and try to take a deeper dive and truly learn the theory behind what I’m playing and not just “memorizing” the shapes but really understanding the intervalic value and understanding what I’m playing (I happen to be learning triads). I find this more digestible and advise other to do the same if it feels overwhelming. I compare it to learning a new language – if you just memorize a sentence/words do you really know what your saying? It takes time and effort to truly understand it all. Multiple visits to the same lesson is it’s own lesson I’m learning! – You’re your own boss when truly learning and no ones watching so make it count! Good luck to everyone!

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A truly brilliant course and unbelievable value!

This course is absolutely fantastic (and worth way more). If you want a better understanding of Music Theory then this is 100% for you. The structure of the lessons and the content proves that Darryl not only can play the guitar (obviously) but can TEACH it too which is rare. I feel I’m already improving and actually understanding what I’m doing rather than just relying on memory. You get the structure, content, transcripts for every lesson, PDF’s when needed, and can ask questions too. Honestly, it’s been the best purchase in my guitar learning journey so far. If you’re thinking about it, get it! Thanks so much, Darryl.

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For years I’ve fallen back on the same old bar chords/power chords and the same old licks, THIS will change that!

I’m working my way through Darryl’s instructional courses and they are doing me the world of good. I should have learned this stuff years ago but it’s never too late to start. I’m picking it up really well and I’m actually learning and progressing instead of playing the same old stuff I’ve been playing for years and got nowhere with. If you have been playing for years, like me, or just starting, start with the CAGED Masterclass, it’s absolutely what you need. You will see the fretboard differently, it will open everything up for you. GO! GO DO IT NOW! ✌️

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Very very useful Masterclass!

Get this one. You won’t regret it!

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The value and what you get for the price is insane

I think the title of this class already said it. This has helped me a lot. Darryls way of teaching things is clear, easy to understand and logically build up and he is a calm very kind guy. Definitely would buy it again. 10/10!

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This melodic finger picking masterclass is spectacular!

Darryl starts with the very basics showing clearly how to perform the technique, then he progresses to show a number of different example chord progressions (songs) using the technique. There are tabs and clear video shots showing how each chord and each song is played at a very slow tempo and then up to speed.

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This is definitely the best course for learning guitar music theory.

I’ve been buying lots of programs and watched youtube videos on music theory but never really understand them too well, but Darryl sets this program in an understandable order. Thank you so much, would definitely buy other programs too when you make them. Currently halfway through this program haha

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I LOVE the transcripts written out for every lesson, that compliment the videos really well.

Absolutely great course so far, highly recommend it. It is thorough, easy to understand and covers all the topics which I’ve heard mentioned before, but never understood, in one comprehensive course. One of the things that I LOVE about it are the transcripts written out for every single lesson that compliment the video lesson really well. I love watching Darryl explain the topics in the videos, but I really like being able to have something to read at my own pace and study. The notes are very thorough and super helpful. Another thing worth mentioning is the support that you receive if you ever have any questions. He always replies really quickly with a thorough answer and clearly values his students. Highly recommend this course. A++

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