Classical Guitar Method Book (Free PDF)

Classical Guitar Method – Volume I by Bradford Werner 
Free PDF (100 pages) – for beginner classical or fingerstyle guitar

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This book teaches classical and fingerstyle guitar skills with a focus on the rich pedagogical tradition of classical guitar. Most learning objectives are covered through pieces and duets allowing students to perform full pieces from the first lesson. A qualified teacher and the lesson videos should provide students with a healthy start. More information, theory, and exercises are learned in Volume Two. Also see the small free youth supplement. Please consider a donation or joining my newsletter if you like how free this is!

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