Classical Guitar Basics - The Nuts and Bolts of the Guitar

These free online beginner classical guitar lessons focus on the classical guitar basics - the nuts and bolts of the classical guitar.


The lessons range from an introduction to the guitar parts, classical guitar finger names, different approaches to guitar tuning, an overview of classical guitar sitting positions, coverage of the classical guitar fretboard, an introduction to music theory for guitar playing and to classical guitar sitting supports.

Flip through them as you need and once you're done proceed to these free and highly effective beginner classical guitar lessons which provide progressive lessons that include exercises, free sheet music and arranged accompaniment in midi format for you to play with as you learn. The seven beginner classical guitar lessons contain a total of 20 exercises which are designed to develop your finger strenth, musical knowledge and familiarity with the first position of the guitar.

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Guitar Basics

You might want to browse through classical guitar basics by clicking on the links below.

  • Guitar Parts: Start by becoming familiar with the parts of the guitar so that you know what we're talking about when we talk about the bridge or the fret.

  • Sitting Positions: This lesson takes you through the principles and dos and donts of the classical guitar sitting position. It introduces you to the guitar supports available including footstools, the Efel, the Dynarette, the A-Frame and the ErgoPlayay.
  • Music Theory: Music Theory provides an introduction to musical notation and to the basic theory that you will need to start playing.

  • Notes on the Guitar: Becoming familiar with the notes on the guitar is essential for any guitarist. This lesson provides guidelines and free guitar software. This is where you pick up the guitar and begin playing.

  • Finger Names : Finger names in classical guitar scores.

  • How to Tune your Guitar: How to tune your guitar. There is nothing worse than playing on an untuned guitar. This page teaches you how to tune your guitar with and without an electronic tuner.

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Beginner classical guitar lessons

You might want to go straight into the beginner classical guitar lessons below

  • 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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