A Free Classical Guitar / Finger Style "Primer Course"
"Finally! A beginner guitar lesson page with so many pieces of music + videos that are useable..."
These lessons are relatively easy and so enable you to practice all the above technical and musical requirements with as little stress as possible. Indeed, the pieces are graded from easy to moderately hard.
Some other points you need to concentrate on are to practice your pieces in slow motion so that the brain (or the sub-conscious) gets time to understand what it is you are trying to communicate to it. The sub-conscious doesn't care what you are teaching it, it will just attempt to do it. The "trick" is to teach it right from the beginning.
So the skills you'll practice in this series are:
* Beginner Guitar Skill: Alternating "i.m." fingers. If you use alternating fingers rather than just play with the one repeating finger your tone and overall sound will be better., It is a most common mistake of beginning players to use one finger, and you need to be aware of WHAT you are doing WHEN you are doing it to make it a good habit.
* Beginner Guitar Lesson Skill: Using a combination of "open" (no fingers of left hand used) and closed (left hand fingers employed) strings;
* Beginner Guitar Lesson Skill: Apoyando (rest stroke);
* Beginner Guitar Lesson Skill: Tirando (rest stroke);
* Beginner Guitar Lesson Skill: Using the thumb of the right hand to play a bass line melody;
* Beginner Guitar Lesson Skill: Developing more speed and fluency;
* Beginner Guitar Skill: Developing good habits from the start;
* Beginner Guitar Skill: Developing your reading of music notation and guitar tablature;
* Beginner Guitar Skill: Counting beats and rhythms, including tied notes and developing musical awareness;
* Beginner Guitar Skill: Developing the ability to play musically using legato (smooth and connected playing), staccato (short and detached notes), basic harmonics and develop your dynamic range (soft to loud)...
It has been said that the famous classical guitarist Julian Bream practices his whole repertoire for a particular concert in slow motion before he performs (it even at his level!). I can attest to the veracity of the statement - it's a good idea! Playing slowly also helps to develop your confidence and really, speed should be the last thing on your mind when learning the guitar. Accuracy and quality of tone is of prime importance before anything else.
You'll also notice in some of the videos that I rest my thumb of the right hand on the lower "E" string as I'm using my "i.m." fingers. This provides more stability for the beginner when learning to use alternating rest stroke and is a good idea for an absolute beginner. As you get more experienced and start to play harder music you'll need to be more "fluid" with both of your hands.,
Also, you will have also noticed after watching the videos that I count the beats before playing. This helps you with counting and timing in terms of beat (pulse) and rhythm (note lengths). In fact, it is a good idea when you are a beginner to play the notes, tap your foot to the beat, say and even sing the notes of your piece if it's an easy piece of course. When you're able to do all these things simultaneously, but slowly and successfully, you'll be able to play the piece by itself a whole lot better. It stands to reason that if you can play whilst multi-tasking, when it comes to just playing a melody it will be much easier.
Another benefit of employing this method is that you are analysing the music on a much deeper level than just playing the "black notes" and this leads to a much deeper and quicker understanding of the music. It's certainly not easy at the beginning, but this is exactly why you practice - to get better!
Notice we are also discussing the QUALITY of your practice here. I suppose it's what is known universally as "being there".
Good luck with the beginner series!
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Welcome to LCG! I'm Trevor Maurice, owner of this site. I hope you find inspiration in these pages to help you with your journey of learning to play the classical guitar. You can read more of my story here...