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Beginner wanting to learn Flamenco

by John Lentz
(Huntington West Virginia, USA)

I have a Conde Hermanos Flamenco guitar and want to learn to play Flamenco music.

I live in Huntington West Virginia and don't have any teachers that teach Flamenco. There are a couple of teachers that teach classical.

Should I start with one of them first? Do you have any recommendations for dvd's for beginning flamenco?

Thank you,

John Lentz

Hi John,

I would recommend you learn Flamenco if that's what you really want to learn. Although classical is related, it's not really the same. They both have their different feel, appeal and charm AND techniques.

I don't have any DVD's on Flamenco but have a few books. To be honest I haven't really gone through them exhaustively so I wouldn't feel comfortable in recommending them at this point in time.

Perhaps you could peruse some books online to see what appeals to you. I'm sorry I couldn't be of more help.

Kind regards,
Trevor M.

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Try these
by: Anonymous

Mel Bay publishes a number of books on flamenco, some with CD & DVD. Try "Flamenco Guitar Basic Techniques" by Juan Serrano and several by Juan Martin e.g. "Solos Flamencos".

Martin on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Play-Solo-Flamenco-Guitar-Martin/dp/0786664584/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1240587523&sr=8-1

Serrano on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Mel-Bays-Flamenco-Guitar-Techniques/dp/0786625562/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1240587632&sr=1-1

Learning Flamenco Guitar
by: Anonymous

Thank you for your input. If anyone who sees my comments know of or have any suggestions. Please give me some input. Thanks. John

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beginners classical music

by Max

I would like to have beginners classical tunes to improve my playing and reading speed as well as maybe video's to accompany these.
Thanks,
Max.

Hi Max,

You can get a "heap" of free pieces by joining the Beginner's Guitar Course. You can do that here...

Beginners Lessons Page

I hope this help.

Kind regards,
Trevor M.

P.S. You can download both the videos and P.D.F.'s to your desktop to watch at your leisure.

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A True Beginner

by Cory Culp
(Balad, Iraq)

I am starting from absolute scratch. I know some musical notation but it is very shaky. I have looked at the lessons for beginners and I am embarrassed to say I don’t know how to start.

Do you have something like a key to show me what string to hit for each of the notes? Are there charts that I can use to show me which one is which? Thank you for your help and I am really excited about learning Classical Guitar and playing the songs to my two kids!

SrA Cory Culp
19th AMXS
Little Rock AFB


Hi Cory,

You might want to look at the page about learning the fretboard as it might help you re: "a key to show me what string to hit for each of the notes?"

Also, getting a good beginners book will help you. I'd like to suggest a beginners book which is basically for kids but it will give you a way to "ease" yourself into classical guitar AND a way to start to teach them when you've gone a little further down the "classical guitar road", as it were.

The book is New Dimensions in Classical Guitar for Children by Sonia Michelson. When you've worked your way through that I'd recommend you get Pumping Nylon by Scott Tennant. This book will give some good groundwork for playing classical guitar.

I hope this has been of help.

Kind regards,
Trevor M.

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Other Beginning Books
by: Patricia

Another good book for starting out is the Christopher Parkening Guitar Method, Volume 1.

You can get this on amazon.com or on many other sites.

Congratulations on choosing a wonderful new pasttime! You will be greatly rewarded as you study more and more.

Pat

New Beginner Follow Up comment
by: J.deVictoria

Correction:In my previous comment I mention the term Pumping Iron when I should have written Pumping Nylon.

Scott Tennant also has a Basic Classical Guitar Method (with CD) published by Alfred www.alfred.com). This book is more basic than Pumping Nylon and very similar in content to the Brett Duncan book.

I have used the Tennant's volumes as a beginner but if I were to be select a single instructor to
teach a beginner I will go for the two volumes -Tutors for guitar-of Debbie Cracknell books.(Oxford University Press).

Good Luck and Enjoy Your Classical Guitar

Books in Classical Guitar For Beginners
by: J.deVictoria

Another good introduction to the CG for new beginners is:"Progressive Beginner Classical Guitar" (with CD/DVD)by Brett Duncan.

website: www.learntoplaymusic.com

Another very good beginner's tutor is:
Enjoy Playing The Guitar (fist steps in playing classical guitar)Books 1 and 2 by Debby Cracknell
(Oxford University Press)

In my personal experience as a self-tought CG student "Pumping Nylon" is a little too advance for
a brand-new beginner player.The volumes listed above will provide a good foundation to move into
"Pumping Iron".

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Beginner Questions

by Bryan Adams
(Toronto, Canada)

1. What are the differences between classical and acoustic and also the other 4 types of guitar?

They have a different type of construction altogether. Acoustic guitars are often steel string (although they look similar in the body to a classical) whilst classical guitars are always nylon strings.

In terms of the "other types" of guitar I take it you mean electric guitars and electric/acoustic such as the big jazz guitars that people like George Benson use.

Again, they have a totally different construction in both style and materials. One of the main differences is that these types of guitars use electric "pick-ups" to amplify the sound whereas the acoustic and classical guitar uses the "sound/echo chamber" of the body of the guitar to amplify the vibration of the strings.

2. Except for the classical songs of the Beatles can you play other pop or rock songs on classical guitar? (That was the reason I bought a guitar and want to learn it).

Of course you can play anything on a classical if that's the sound you want to achieve in your music including melody and harmony i.e. tunes and chord passages.

3. Can you use a pick when you play a classical guitar?

Yes, a pick can be used if that's the effect you want. In classical music per se you wouldn't use a pick but, as mentioned in the last question, it depends on what sound you want from the classical guitar in your music.

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Thank u so much
by: Bryan Adams

but i need more answers..iam waiting thx again

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beginner guitar

by Chad Hammonds
(Kingsport, TN, USA)

I am totally new to classical guitar. Could you suggest two or three guitars that would be good for a beginner?

I really don't want to spend over $300 since I'm just starting out. I have seen a few online that are solid top guitars in that price range.

I just don't know which one would be best in terms of quality. There is a Washburn C80S model that is only $200. I've also seen a few Yamaha's in my price range, and the Cordoba C5.

Also, Ibanez, Alvarez, and La Patrie each make a few in my price range. My thinking is that I should buy an entry-level guitar from a company that also makes expensive guitars.

Is this proper thinking? Please help with a few suggestions. Thank you in advance.

Hi Chad,

I think you're right in your thinking! I'd go for a reputable dealer who has a good track record. The ones you mentioned above are good. I've bought both a Yamaha and a Cordoba in the past and was really satisfied with my choices at the time.

You'll find as you get better at playing guitar your "taste" for a better guitar will move on also.

Just keep in mind that $300 isn't an awful lot of money when it comes to good classical guitars but if it's a reputable make it should do the job.

I'd go with the Yamaha but that's my personal preference. If you can get to a store to try them out personally all the better.

I hoe this was of help.

Kind regards,
Trevor M.

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Which guitar
by: Phil

Hi, I spent several trips to tin pan alley's guitarland (Denmark St. London) listening to as many guitars as I could. Let your ears guide you. I ended up with a Camps artisan costing under £600. You get what you pay for with guitars so stretch your budget as much as you dare. Also, the strings will pick the guitar. So ask the sales person to let you listen to different types of strings. Happy hunting and oh! don't forget to barter, especially in today's ecconomic climate!;~)
Regards,
Phil

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Confused Beginner

by Nadine Ezzat
(Saudia Arabia)

What are the notes on guitar? Where do you place your fingers? How long can it take to play a song like "Hey There Delilah"? Do you know any other sites that can help?

Hi Nadine,

It can be a bit confusing at first when learning guitar. You can learn the notes on the Learn Fretboard page here...

You place your fingers on the fingerboard/fretboard just before the frets. You can see a picture here...

How long it takes for you to play a song depends on your ability but mostly your drive and practice habits.

Hope this helps,
Trevor M.

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Beginner - Need Help

by Prasanjith
(Srilanka)

Dear Sir

First of all thanks a lot for the free lessons. My problem is, I find it bit difficult to locate notes on the guitar which on your exercises please help me out
Thank you once again.

Hi Prasanjith,
Perhaps you need to learn the notes on the guitar. You may find this page on Learning the Fret Board helpful.

Also if you look at the Tablature pages that go with each piece, they tell you where the note is on each string and fret. If you can’t read Tablature just read this page...

Hope this was helpful.

Kind regards,
Trevor M.

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Free lesson & Beginner Lesson resources....

by adolphus de.
(QC, Canada)

The resources provided at the site for each free lesson (and beginner lesson) are:
1. a pdf file containing sheet music, and 2. the video file.

Question:

In order to practice or play, where can I find for *each* lesson:
1. left-hand finger positions (re., where your fingers would be on the frets and strings) and 2. right-hand finger picking pattern?

Hi Adolphus,

The left and right hand fingerings are on the PDF's themselves i.e. p.i.m.a. are the right hand fingerings where:

p = thumb

i = 1st finger

m = 2nd (or middle) finger

a = 3rd (ring) finger

For the left hand...

0 = open string

1 = 1st finger

2 = second finger

3 = third finger

4 = fourth or "little" finger.

These are the traditional classical/finger style guitar fingerings which you will find on most, if not all, classical guitar sheet music.

Additionally, I have added tablature of each piece of music which helps those that don't read music in the traditional sense. Tablature is really a "picture" of the guitar strings (turned upside down) to show you where your fingers are on the strings and frets.

I hope this helps.

Kind regards,
Trevor M.

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Piano Notes
by: Ruth

I recently came across your blog and have been reading along. I don't know what to say except that I have enjoyed reading. Nice blog. I will keep visiting this blog very often.

Ruth

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Recommend Beginner Guitar

by Shinnok

Which Guitar can you recommend with a budget in mind to start me off. There aren't any music stores that deal with classical guitar where I live. Please recommend a few.
Thanks

Hi Shinnok,

It depends on the limit to your budget. There are some really nice giutars with a great reputation at reasonable prices. For instance there's a nice Yamaha like this... or even this...

If you want to spend a bit more try the Jose Ramirez S1 Classical Guitar


There are many other good guitars of course but it comes down to your preference and budget.

I hope this has been of help.

Kind regards,
Trevor M.

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