Before you can start playing the classical guitar you need to know a little about the guitar parts so that you know what we are talking about when we talk about the bridge or the fret.When you start playing, your left hand will be placed on the frets onthe fretboard and your right hand will play the strings above the fingerboard. The tuning pegs are critical guitar parts as they are where you tune your guitar. Have a look at the image of guitar below and become familiar with the guitar parts labelled in it. Spend some time looking at your own guitar and naming the guitar parts.
When looking at guitar parts, the most distinguishing factor is the quality of wood that the body is made of as it determines, to a large extent, the quality of the guitar. Spruce and cedar are the best woods for classical guitars, although there are other woods such as mahogany and maple that are also used and are well liked by many players.
If you have not already bought your own guitar, click here for advice on buying a beginner classical guitar and here for guitars recommended for beginners in the price range of $100 - $200. You could pretty much pick any of these classical guitars with full confidence, knowing that you are getting excellent value for money and a beautiful guitar that will take you well down the road into your guitar playing.
A beginner to intermediate guitar that is hard to beat in terms of price/ value ratio is the Yamaha C40 Classical Guitar. Its spruce tops and back produces a clean, clear sound and its rosewood fingerboard is a pleasure to work on. Generally Generally I advise that beginner classical guitar players stay away from guitar packages as these are generally of pretty poor quality in terms of playability, the quality of the sound and the durability. The vast majority of made of plywood. Go to ten tips for buying a classical guitar for further discussion of the problems with plywood guitars. The one marked exception is the Yamaha C40 Classical Guitar Package which has outstanding quality and is in my opinion one of the best that you can get in this price range. The Yamaha C40 Classical Acoustic Guitar Package contains the Yamaha C40 Classical Guitar, a gig bac, guitar method book and DVD and digital tuner. This is definitely good value and all this for only $10 more than the price of the guitar alone.
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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.
Buying a Classical Guitar: If you need to buy a guitar or are thinking about buying a new guitar, then this page is for you. It provides useful tips on how to pick your first classical guitar.