Classical Guitar Method Book (Free PDF)

Classical Guitar Method – Volume I by Bradford Werner 
Available as a free PDF (100 pages) – for classical or fingerstyle guitar
License: Creative Commons (CC-BY-NC-ND 4.0)
Level: Beginner Method

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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.

Youth Supplement (Free PDF): Youth Supplement for Volume One PDF

Hard Copies: Physical copies of the book will be available for purchase in summer 2017.

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Video Lessons for this Method

The videos are in the order of the book except for the duets which are grouped together.

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