Learn to Play: Dire Straits' "Romeo and Juliet" Fingerpicking with Brian Fallon

We here at Reverb were excited to welcome Brian Fallon, frontman of The Gaslight Anthem, into the studio recently to give us a very special guitar lesson on how to play the popular Dire Strats' tune "Romeo and Juliet" off of their 1980 full-length release Making Movies.

The song is in a standard open G tuning with a capo on the third fret and utilizes chord shapes that will be familiar to most guitarists. The piece of the song that's more complicated to figure out, however, is Dire Straits' guitarist Mike Knopfler's fingerpicking. Lucky for us, Fallon is breaking it down in the lesson above.

Splitting the song into two main sections, Fallon explains and plays a slowed-down version of Knopfler's picking pattern. With some time and continued practice, you'll be able to put the pieces together and nail the whole song on your own. Be sure to check out the full lesson above, and let us know what other lessons like you'd like to see on Reverb in the comments below.


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