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Beginning Classical Guitar – Practice-Along Videos to Get Started

The Beginner’s Toolbox

Welcome!  You’re at the outset of a wonderful journey into the world of guitar, and I’m honored to help get you started.  Please enjoy the materials below.  

Whether you’re an absolute beginner at classical guitar, or if you already play other styles of guitar, you’ll find solid fundamentals below. These will help you get started with strong basics. That way, you can launch forward and make good progress, knowing you’re on the right track.  You’ll play fluently and proficiently….

…So that soon you’ll be playing for friends and family, or for your own pleasure.  It may not always be flawless – perfection takes time.  But it will be fun and rewarding.  And it can happen sooner than you think, if you train your hands well.

The lessons below are applicable to classical guitar, fingerstyle guitar, or any other genre of guitar music.

Here’s the rule: If you move your hands well, you can play any style you choose.  The basics are the basics, and if you put your attention on them, you’ll grow and advance.

How to Use this Guide:  This Guide will show you the basics you’ll need to know to start learning guitar.  In the “For Your Hands” section below, you’ll discover how to use your hands.  In the “What to Know” section, you’ll get a basic introduction to essential skills and knowledge.

Scroll Down for practice-along videos guiding you through areas of your practice.

Beginner Classical Guitar Lessons For Your Hands:

Click each box to open the lesson.


 

Other Bits You May Enjoy…

Mindset Tips
  1. Know that guitar takes time.  Just keep going!
  2. Remember: you’re in this for fun.
  3. Be gentle on yourself.  This stuff is hard for everyone.
  4. Notice and work on the small details.  Your energy and attention are your greatest assets.

 

Print Reference Materials
  1. Strings, Fingers and Tuning Diagrams
  2. The Basic Chords (Diagrams)
  3. Chords that sound good together

 

How to Create a Guitar Routine: Practice Along

Guitar takes time and repetition.  Increase your chances of success by setting a routine.  Make it easier on yourself by making it easy to pick up the guitar and practice:

Time – Is there a consistent time you can practice each day?  If so, great! Make it a habit by linking practice with whatever comes just before it. For example: “After breakfast, I pick up the guitar.”

Place – Keep everything you need in one place.  Ideally, you practice away from distraction.  So close the door and set the phone to airplane mode.  Set a timer so you don’t have to watch the clock.  And remove anything distracting from in front of you.  The goal is to focus for a few minutes, so anything that may get in the way, handle it.

Materials – Have everything you need at hand, so you don’t have to go searching.  Have your guitar and tuner ready.  Have your papers within reach.  Have webpages like this one bookmarked (or use the “favorites” button above.)

And above all, make success easy.  Just one minute of practice counts as a successful practice day.  The goal is to have as many successful practice days as possible.  So set the bar low – just pick up the guitar and do something – anything.  And you win for the day!  Then tomorrow, do it again.

 

 

 


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Further Reading and Exploration:

 

 

allen mathews classical guitar

Hi, I’m Allen Mathews. 

I started as a folk guitarist, then fell in love with classical guitar in my 20’s.  Despite a lot of practice and schooling, I still couldn’t get my music to flow well.  I struggled with excess tension.  My music sounded forced.  And my hands and body were often sore.  I got frustrated, and couldn’t see the way forward.  Then, over the next decade, I studied with two stellar teachers –  one focused on the technical, and one on the musical (he was a concert pianist).  In time, I came to discover a new set of formulas and movements. These brought new life and vitality to my practice. Now I help guitarists find more comfort and flow in their music, so they play more beautifullyClick here for a sample formula.





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