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Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring – Bach

One of the best loved of all classical guitar arrangements.

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Play and Read Music in the Higher Positions

Learn to read music and identify notes on the entire neck.

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Better Technique, with “Segovia’s Favorite Scales”

Detailed explorations of this popular technical tool.

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Pachelbel’s Canon in D

Great for beginners to intermediate players.

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How to Read Music for Guitar

A full course to get you started reading music

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Malagueña, by Ernesto Lecuona

One of the most fun and recognizable guitar songs in the world!

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Learn to Play ANY Piece,
in 7 Easy Steps

This simple process will help you make fewer mistakes and master music more quickly.  


What People Are Saying

ramon martinez pic“I just want to thank you for your full lessons. In those you are helping us to understand how a piece is composed and the parts that we have to analyze and how to do it.  You are teaching a lot about how to read and play and the most important part: PLAY with the music and ENJOY it.”  R. Martinez

classical guitar review“Your videos are great – not too many around with so much clarity.  I’m a Senior Lecturer so I appreciate anyone who takes the time to make good clear instructions.  Thanks to your videos it has really made me look at technical work with a fresh pair of eyes – and hopefully hands!”  J. Washington


What You’ll Do with Classical Guitar Shed

Frequently Asked Questions

Where should I start?

There are tons of lessons, tutorials, articles and resources on the Classical Guitar Shed site.  If you are just arriving, begin with the Start Here page.  You’ll discover how the site is organized, and find some good places to begin your exploration.

What is this site for?

With any luck, you’ll gain not only better facility on your guitar, but also grow as a musician and find new perspectives and deeper layers to the music you choose to play.  So much goes into beautifully played music.  CGS is here to help you on your musical journey.

What if I have other questions?

If you don’t immediately find what you are looking for, have some specific question, or have an issue you don’t really know how to search for, feel free to drop me a line anytime.  I respond personally to all emails containing questions.  If I can help in any way, I would be more than happy to.

Is this site for me?

CGS is for you if you are interested in classical guitar, and would like to explore resources to improve your technical skills, gain musical knowledge, and play more beautifully.  Whether you’re just beginning, or a lifetime player, CGS will have something you.  Age is not important, but love of process is.

What is Classical Guitar?

Classical guitar is a both a specific instrument (with nylon strings), and a style of playing that uses the right hand fingers, and focuses on composed music and refining your technique.  Classical guitar technique can be used beneficially with any type or style of guitar, but is easiest on nylon strings.

I play fingerstyle acoustic; Is this for me?

The word “classical” throws a lot of people off.  Learning classical guitar is all about making the hands move with power, grace and efficiency (in addition to playing composed music and all this entails).  If you want good hands, study “classical” technique (and read this).



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How to Master Motivation in Your Classical Guitar Practice

Save to “My Favorites” It feels good when we’re excited by our music. When we’re enthusiastic and eager to pick up the guitar, practice comes easy. We welcome obstacles and see them as fun little challenges. We bring energy, curiosity and joy to every note. But what about those days when we don’t have the […]

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A Guide to Classical Guitar Thumb Technique

Save to “My Favorites” Classical guitar is sometime described as “strict,” or “nitpicky”. And it’s true: we classical guitarists nitpick over small details. But we do it to find ways to move with grace and power. And at the same time, it would be nice to avoid pain and injury. So we pay attention to […]

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3 Tips to Quiet Inner Dialog in Performance

Save to “My Favorites” It’s a common scenario: We muster the courage to share a tune with someone (or someones). But once we start playing, our mind sabotages us. We talk nonsense to ourselves. Like a berserk monkey, our inner dialog makes a mess of our focus and concentration. This lack of focus scares us, […]

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All About Triplets – How to Count and Play Triplet Rhythms

Save to “My Favorites” Playing triplets is like riding a bicycle. Until we get the feel for it, they’re awkward and difficult. Then, once they “click”, it’s a joyride. The question is: how can we get them to “click”? How and what do we practice so we play triplets expressively and musically? But first, what […]

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Musical Definitions for Classical Guitarists (Common Words Explained)

Save to “My Favorites” Words are only helpful if we know what they mean. And the world of music has a TON of specialized words with specific meanings. The more musical terms and phrases we know, the more detail we can hear and see in music. Specialized words communicate small differences and nuance. But until […]

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11 Classical Guitar Lessons for Beginners

Save to “My Favorites” If you’re just beginning classical guitar lessons (alone or with a teacher or program), or you’re picking it back up after a hiatus, you have one main obstacle. There is one danger that looms larger than any other. And that danger is this: quitting. If you get past the first few […]

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How to Decide on Musical Phrasing and Play Guitar More Beautifully

Save to “My Favorites” We all want to play beautifully. We all want to play music that’s flowing and fluid and expressive. And that’s all well and good. But when we sit down and pick up the guitar, we’re faced with the next question: “So…What do I actually DO?” Contrary to popular belief, playing a […]

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The Amazing Power of 1% Improvements

Save to “My Favorites” How do you get better at classical guitar? How can you know what you’re practicing is working? How can you be sure you’re practicing the right things at the right time? These puzzling questions can plague us. On one hand, we’re aware of great musical possibilities. On the other, we may […]

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Sagework Guitar Support Review

Save to “My Favorites” With all the guitar supports in the market, the Sagework Guitar Support stands above the rest. Formerly the “Barnett Guitar Support”, this is perhaps the most versatile and most reliable option. See the full review here: How The Sagework Guitar Support Compares to Other Supports Different guitar supports use different means […]

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An Introduction to Musical Form for Guitarists

Save to “My Favorites” “Music theory” is to music as grammar is to language. “Theory” is the vast study of how and why everything in music happens. Music theory is so complex and multi-layed it’s easy to get confused or feel overwhelmed. But despite the complexity and initial learning curve, music theory can help us […]

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Play Dynamically, with 3 Levels of Sound

Save to “My Favorites” To play beautiful music, we need two main elements: The required technical ability (our hands can do what we tell them to) Good musical phrasing (we know what we want and can tell our hands how to make it happen), First things first, our hands have to be able to do […]

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