Are you learning guitar? 
The Woodshed is a step-by-step classical guitar program.

Watch this video to discover how you can move ahead and enjoy more music.

The Woodshed: A Premium Guitar Program

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VALUE YOUR TIME?  WORK DEEPLY ON WHAT MATTERS MOST NOW TO MOVE FORWARD MORE QUICKLY.

Even if you're short on time, The Woodshed takes you on the most direct route to speed, clarity, precision, accuracy, and fluidity, without bogging you down in mindless exercises. Everything is intentional.

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ALWAYS HAVE A PLAN!  BRING ORGANIZATION AND PROVEN LEARNING METHODS TO YOUR GUITAR MUSIC.

The Woodshed organizes your work so you always know what to do next and can get right to it. You'll find everything you need for effective, engaging and enjoyable daily practices.

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DON'T REINVENT THE WHEEL.  MASTER TRIED-AND-TRUE FUNDAMENTAL TECHNIQUES THAT WILL LAST A LIFETIME.

You'll build a rock-solid foundation of fundamental techniques that will allow you to steadily progress and play more and more advanced music, while ensuring healthy hands and wrists, and constructive habits.

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"IT'S NOT WHAT YOU SAY, BUT HOW YOU SAY IT."  PLAY BEAUTIFULLY AND DISCOVER RICH NEW WORLDS OF MUSIC.

Perhaps most uniquely, The Woodshed will give you little-known methods and processes to play music so that it comes out beautiful and flowing every time, not cold and mechanical (or worse, schmaltzy!).

Make music the best part of your day.

Classical guitar keeps the mind healthy, the hands flexible, and the heart full.
Gain Great Technique

Play fluidly with speed and grace while avoiding injury by creating healthy finger-movement habits.  Gain stretch, strength, and stamina.

Use Your Time Well

Save time by practicing what is most important for you now, and progress steadily forward.  Make the most of every practice with a focused plan. 

Get Everything You Need

Find all the materials you need and music to play, with access to absolutely everything on this entire site.

Play Beautifully

Create the musical habits that will make everything you play (even in the beginning) more flowing, expressive, and meaningful.

Cover Your Bases 

Become a well-rounded musician by integrating several important areas of musical skill and knowledge. Connect the dots & integrate what you learn.

Know You Have Support

Always know you're on track and "doing it right" with personal feedback and guidance whenever you need it.

About Allen Mathews

Like you, I picked up the guitar as an adult. I didn't start with any particular method, I just learned what I could.

Eventually, I went to college and got a BA in classical guitar performance. Since then, I've had several teachers and musical coaches (my current coach is a former concert pianist, which is where many of the phrasing and "beautification tricks" come from).

Through the last two+ decades of trial and error, I've discovered what works and what doesn't. I've tried countless popular methods that I thought would work but later failed, and others that I doubted at first, but turned out useful.

Over the past 15+ years of teaching, I've taught at Reed College, and Lewis and Clark College in Portland, and have given clinics at several universities around the US. A main hobby of mine is studying learning methods, practice strategies and body mechanics.

I feel immensely fortunate to be able to spend my days immersed in music, and sharing what I find.

" For me, classical guitar both a passion and a love.  It's also a vehicle to explore how our minds and bodies work, and how having a daily practice makes life better."

Thanks for reading,
Allen Mathews

As a Member, Here's What You’ll Get

A step-by-step method of learning guitar.

Full access to highly effective practice-along training videos.

Practice routines to organize your time and build your skills.

Full access to every course on CGS.

All repertoire practice materials and PDFS.

Immediate access to new repertoire and technique courses.

Personal video review and feedback.

Prompt Email Support when you need advice or answers.

Member Forum to connect with other players.

Click Here to Read More About What You Get In The Woodshed

What People are Saying...

Marc Stevens ( Web Design Media )

Ron Cain

GET THE BEAUTIFUL SOUNDS YOU'VE ALWAYS WANTED ON THE GUITAR.

“When I started Level One, I thought my prior years of playing would make this an easy 5-minute review. So wrong! Instead, these very simple videos taught me the hand techniques I should have been using all along. And for the first time I am hearing the “luscious” sounds you described. Thanks for a great program and helping me finally find the right foundation!””

Ron Cain
Marc Stevens ( Web Design Media )

ENJOY FOCUSED PRACTICES AND BUILD A SOLID FOUNDATION OF GUITAR TECHNIQUE.

"I know what a masterful musician and skilled teacher he is. Using the Woodshed I’m able to access Allen’s knowledge anytime I want. I especially like using the Video Library where I can select a technique….say, an arpeggio pattern, a scale shape or sight-reading….and then watch the lesson and play along. The explanations are concise, the images are clear and the videos are short enough so that it’s easy to maintain focus. They’re great for learning new techniques and are equally useful for refreshing lessons previously learned. And because the site is so comprehensive and easy to navigate I find myself going to it almost every day."

Judy Hatton
Marc Stevens ( Web Design Media )

GET A DEEPER UNDERSTANDING OF "WHAT MUSIC IS".

“I would just like to say that I'm really enjoying this course. I no longer feel (a.) That it’s a struggle to learn a new piece and (b.) That I am alone in my endeavours to learn. This is down to the structure of the course and your natural ability to communicate clearly. The course has not only taught me this piece, you are teaching me a whole lot about music - from notation and reading through to get a deeper understanding of what music is. I cannot recommend your program highly enough.  I’m really looking forward to more courses and moving into new directions."

John Andersson

Is The Woodshed Right for You?

The Woodshed is not for everyone.  You can be a beginner or advanced, but it also needs to be a good fit for you.

WHO THIS IS FOR

  • Adult learners interested in a focused daily classical guitar practice.
  • Busy people who want to add music to their lives on a daily basis.
  • Those who understand that process and detail are essential to beauty.
  • Any guitarist who wants to move with more fluidity, grace and power.

WHO THIS IS NOT FOR

  • Guitarists not willing to slow down and practice intentionally.
  • People with no or poor internet connection (for streaming videos).
  • Guitarists not willing to suspend prior knowledge and try something new.
  • Those not interested in taking it step by step, day by day.
Guaranteed Progress, with No Risk

If you don't absolutely love being a member of The Woodshed and recognize the value, just email me requesting a refund. I'll immediately refund 100% of your money.

But just a refund isn't enough, because you've invested time in trying it out.
 

So in addition to a full refund, you can also choose any premium course to keep at no extra charge.

This way, you can only benefit from trying it out.  At the very worst, you'll walk away with some high-quality guitar study materials.

Again, all it takes is an email.  You can cancel anytime and request a full refund, plus any premium course available.  

And More: Extras to Make Life Easier

There are dozens of features in The Woodshed.  Here are a few that help you to enjoy making progress and feel motivated by your successes.

Access to a private Member Forum

Ask questions and connect with other members in the private Woodshed Forum.  Share your wins, and celebrate others'.  Or simply procrastinate!

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Office Hours = help when you need it

You get free Skype/Facetime/phone check-ins as a member of The Woodshed.  Schedule one-on-one sessions anytime through an easy online interface.  

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Anytime Email Support

Hit a wall or get tripped up on a tricky spot?  You can email your questions at any time and get detailed answers, usually within 24 hours.  

Start Today! Choose Your Membership Below

No Contracts, Stay as Long as You Like.  All On-Demand and Self-Paced.

$49/mo
MONTHLY
Membership


Automatically renews monthly.  Change or cancel your membership anytime.  No contracts.

$399/yr

YEARLY Membership


Pay by the year and get 12 months for the price of 8!  


$997
LIFETIME Membership


Nothing else to buy, ever.

JOIN NOW

FAQ

Here are answers to some frequently asked questions:

Does membership include everything on the entire site?

What happens next?

Is The Woodshed organized so I know what to do?

I'm a beginner. Is this for me?

I've played for years.  What will this do for me?

What do you mean when you say I'll “progress”?

What will I learn in The Woodshed?

How will I know where I should start?

How does access to all the courses work?

I just play for joy and for my own personal interest....

What happens to CGS if something happens to Allen?

Is there a discount code I can use?

Didn't find the answer you're looking for?

What if I want a refund?

Why should I join The Woodshed, over another online program?

What makes you (Allen) qualified to teach me?

Can I use my phone or tablet?

Can I upgrade from the monthly to the yearly membership if I want to?

I'm a senior, will The Woodshed work for me?

Is The Woodshed just the courses I see on the website, or is there more?

I’m interested in several styles of guitar, not just classical...

Can I move at my own pace?

What’s the biggest weakness of The Woodshed?

How do I know my credit card is safe?

Does the lifetime membership give me access to all future courses?

One last thing...

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