All these free beginner classical guitar lessons have the same format. Have a look at how this page is layed out and become familiar with where things are. The heading tells you what the aim of the lesson is and the coloured box contains tips and guidelines. Below the coloured box are your guitar pieces that support the aim of the lesson and supporting resources which include accompaniment in mp3 format and free sheet music in pdf format.These lessons, designed for the beginner classical guitar player, build step by step with each lesson building on the previous lesson in the following ways: (i) knowledge of guitar technique; (ii) familiarity with music reading and (iii) strengthening - and in a safe way - your hands. Try and play through all the exercises provided at the bottom of the page. Remember that the house with the solid foundation is stronger in the long run.
Two mp3s are provided for this lesson. The one contains both parts of the music (called Exercise 1 Both Parts and the other contains the accompaniment (called Exercise 1 Accompaniment). Practice by setting your metronome at a very slow pace. Once you can play it confidently at a metronome speed of 100 you can play it with the accompaniment provided.
See the diagram below for notes on the E string and check which fingers to use in each fret.
Alternately, review the notes on the guitar fretboard.
Notice the note values. If you need to revise this aspect go to music theory. In Exercise 1 you will be playing Whole Notes; in Exercise 2 & 3 half notes and in Exercise 4 quarter notes.
Okay, now you know the drill. The exercises provided below aim at developing the i-m-i-m movement of your right hand and your familiarity with the E string. Play through them by listening to the song and then playing along with the accompaniment.
|Listen to the song||Accompaniment|
|Exercise 3||Listen to the song||Accompaniment|
|Exercise 4||Listen to the song||Accompaniment|
If your hand is feeling tired, try going through these left hand exercises gauranteed to strength and increase the suppleness of your fingers.