Classical Guitar Lessons (videos and articles)

Classical guitar lessons and video archive: This page links to free classical guitar lessons, tutorials, instruction and more. Learn classical guitar by browsing this vast of list of free articles.

Free Lessons for Classical Guitar:

I’ve tried to organize them by categories or sometimes by publication. I’ve also marked some of them with “Start Here” so beginners and crossover students know where to start. You might want to get a quick overview of the photos and diagrams I’ve made by watching one simple video first:

Posture & Sitting Position:

Right Hand Lessons

Left Hand Lessons

Ornamentation on Guitar

General / Other Lessons

Graded Repertoire Lessons for Classical Guitar

Lessons from my eBook: Easy Classical Guitar Pieces

Approx. RCM Preparatory to Grade 3

Lessons from my eBook: Ten Classical Etudes

Lessons from my ebook: 20 Favorite Exercises

Pumping Nylon Video Lesson

 Ricardo Iznaola’s Kitharologus: The Path to Virtuosity Video Lesson

Lessons from my eBook: Major Scales for Guitar

Lessons From Primo Guitar – These are from our sister site which focuses on the lighter and easier side of classical and fingerstyle. These links take you to

Other Repertoire Lessons


Flamenco Influenced Lessons


General topics in music:

Recommended AMAZON Methods & Learning Books

  • Kitharologus: The Path to Virtuosity by Ricardo Iznaola – Progressive: from beginner to extreme advanced.  Simply the best technique book I know of for classical guitar. Covers technique exercises and also a significant amount of fingerboard knowledge. Excellent. Beware however, although the book starts out super easy (open strings) it gets very difficult fast. This is not a criticism but you should know that you will not just zoom through the book.  Highly recommended.
  • Iznaola on Practicing: A Manual for Students – A great but little book on how to practice well. Many students of guitar are not going to read a huge book so this concise little booklet is perfect for getting a grounding in good practice habits and philosophy. 
  • Charles Duncan’s Modern Method for Guitar Volume 1-3 – The second edition of these books are pretty good and nicely progressive. I use them with students regularly. I have a problem with the pictures though as they don’t show proper alignment. Great books nevertheless and three volumes means they will carry you well into the intermediate stages.
  • Scale Pattern Studies for Guitar by Aaron Shearer– Sight reading skills and BS! Nearly 300 pages of scales and sight reading. Learn the scale then learn how to read music using the scale. This connection between reading and scales is very important. Highly recommended.
  • A Tutor for the Renaissance Lute (Poulton) – Fantastic! Learn how to read Renaissance lute tablature and the techniques and performance practices that go along with it. Keep in mind that this is an actual lute book so you have to transfer the knowledge to guitar (maybe for more advanced players).
  • The Techniques of Guitar Playing by Seth F. Josel & Ming Tsao – A fantastic book on modern and historical guitar techniques geared towards composers. For advanced students interested in contemporary music. Read my Full Review.