classical guitar lessons for beginners

Beginning Classical Guitar – Practice-along Videos to Get Started

Welcome!  You’re at the outset of a rewarding and enriching 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.

The lessons below are applicable to classical guitar, fingerstyle guitar, or any other genre of guitar music. If you move your hands well, you can play any style you choose.

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:

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What to Know Getting Started on Classical Guitar

Click each box to open the lesson.

Mindset Tips
  1. Know that guitar takes time.
  2. Remember you’re in this for fun.
  3. Be gentle on yourself.
  4. Notice and work on the small details.


Print Reference Materials
  1. Strings, Fingers and Tuning Diagrams
  2. The Basic Chords (Diagrams)


How to Create a Guitar Routine: Practice Along

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

Click Here to master the fundamentals and see massive progress on guitar, in record time!

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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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