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.
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Exercise 1 to 14 are included in previous lessons . If you have not already covered these lessons, then I suggest that you do so now as these lessons build incrementally on each other.
This piece has two voices. Review Lesson 4 for guidelines on how to approach music written in two voices.
Use the i- finger, m- finger and p- finger as indicated in the score. Notice that the fingering is provided for only the first two bars. The fingering approach provided in these bars are to be used for the rest of the piece of music. See finger names for an overview of the names of the fingers in classical guitar.
Note that the 'a' finger is introduced into your playing in Bar 7 of this piece. This is the first time that you are using this finger and it is bound to feel somewhat uncomfortable, but continue using it and it will soon feel comfortable.
The metronome speed is 110 for this piece. If this piece feels difficult, play through Exercise 16 and Exercise 17 (see below) first as they are slightly easier and will build you up to this piece.
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Two mp3s are provided for this lesson. The one contains both parts of the music and the other contains the accompaniment. Listen to both parts of the music played together so that you can get a feel of the song. Then practice by setting your metronome at a very slow pace. Slowly push up the speed until you can play it confidently at a metronome speed of 100. When you can play it confidently at this speed, you can play along to the accompaniment provided.
|Listen to the song by playing this midi||Play along with the accompaniment|
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. The sheet music can be downloaded by clicking on the PDF.
Let's move on to Lesson Six where you'll start using the eight note (or quaver) more frequently. Just two more lessons and you'll be ready to play your first solo piece! And, equally importantly, just two more lessons and you'll be ready to begin preparing for the Grade 1 classical guitar examinations set by Trinity or the Royal School of Music (ABRSM).
Not bad for someone who started as a raw beginner is it? Not everyone needs to do examinations. In fact, there are many, many brilliant musicians who have never done examinations and equally so, many musicians who can't read music. Having said this, it is good to know when you've reached a level and when you've moved beyond it. There are pages in this website dedicated to preparation for these exams. Once you've reached this point, I will recommend you to these pages for further development. Well done on the progress thus far. Keep going through each of the lessons systematically. They've been designed to build up your technical capacity, your knowledge of the guitar and your understanding of the musicality that you will need. Remember, a solid house needs a good foundation. That's great progress and in a short period of time!
Let's move on to Lesson Six where you'll be using the eight note (or quaver). Keep going through each of the lessons systematically. They've been designed to build up your technical capacity, your knowledge of the guitar and your understanding of the musicality that you will need. Remember, a solid house needs a good foundation.
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Lesson 1 - The E String: Start by familiarising yourself with the notes on the E string (1st String) by playing the pieces provided with the MP3 accompaniment. Practice alternating the i-m fingers of the right hand.
Lesson 2 - The B String: Learn and practice the notes on the B string (2nd string) by following the guidelines and playing the pieces with MP3 accompaniment provided. This lesson will help your fingers strength and the i-m right hand alternation will start becoming a little easier too.
Lesson 3 - The E and B String Together: Consolidate your learning of the E and B string by playing through the exercises which provide the opportunity to practice these notes to music arranged with accompaniment in MP3 format. Progress from whole notes, half notes and quarter notes which were used in previous lessons to dotted notes in this lesson.
Lesson 4 - The G String : Learn and practice the notes on the G string (3rd string) by following the guidelines and playing the pieces along with MP3 accompaniment. Enjoy your first introduction to playing music in two voices while allowing the i-m right hand finger combination to become second nature.
Lesson 5 - The D String Together: Become familiar with the D string (4th string) by playing the exercises with the accompaniment provided. Consolidate further working with dotted notes and working with music in two voices. Practice the p-i-m and i-m-p right hand combinations while using the quaver note for the first time.
Lesson 6 - The A String: Become familiar with the A string while you consolidate further your work with two voices and begin, for the first time, working in a new time signature. Practice the p-i-m and i-m-p right hand combinations while using the quaver note for the first time.
Lesson 7 - The E String: Your final lesson. On completion of this lesson you should be ready to prepare for your classical guitar examination Grade 1.
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