Classical Guitar Lessons

Free classical guitar lessons, tutorials, and practice advice. I’ve also created a small curriculum to help guide students through the early learning process. Many of the lessons are from professional guitarists while some of the more specific lessons are by your host here on the site, Bradford Werner. Bradford teaches classical guitar privately and at the Victoria Conservatory of Music, in Victoria, BC, Canada.

Lessons for Classical Guitar – Start Here

Section 1 – Guitar and Hand Positions

  1. Basic Technique Overview Video – Slideshow of Photos, Tips, & Diagrams
  2. Posture and Sitting Position for Classical Guitar – Video, Photos, Tips, Diagrams
  3. Right Hand Position for Classical Guitar – Video, Photos, Tips, Diagrams
  4. Left Hand Position for Classical Guitar – Video, Photos, Tips, Diagrams
  5. Pro Tip: Left Hand Technique Advice with Matthew McAllister
  6. Tips and Advice for Beginner Classical Guitarists – Video, connects the above lessons

Section 2 – Absolute Beginner to Grade One 

  1. Classical Guitar Method Book Vol. 1 – Free 100 page PDF method with video lessons covering advice for absolute beginners. Follow the link to download, video lessons are listed on the same page.
  2. Classical Guitar Method Book Vol. 2 – Learn to play solos, duets, and chords in various key signatures as well an introduction to upper positions. Video lessons teach students various skills relevant to early intermediate repertoire. Click the link, video lessons are listed on the sales page.

Section 3 – Tips & Techniques for Reaching Higher Levels

  1. Right Hand Planting (Preparation) – Accuracy, speed, articulation, security
  2. Left Hand Preparation (Planting) – Accuracy, efficiency, speed, practice.
  3. Pro Tip: Practicing Musically by Matthew McAllister
  4. Pro Tip: Jason Vieaux on Playing More Musically
  5. Ted-Ed – How to practice effectively
  6. Q&A Lesson: Right Hand Stability
  7. Lesson: Right Hand Thumb Position
  8. Tone Production Lesson by Gohar Vardanyan
  9. Fingernails for Classical Guitar: How I Shape My Nails
  10. Pro Tip: Slurs on Guitar by Matthew McAllister

Classical Guitar Lessons Organized by Topic

Posture & Sitting Position:

Right Hand Lessons

Left Hand Lessons

Ornamentation on Guitar

Discussion / Lessons

General / Other Lessons

Graded Repertoire Lessons for Classical Guitar

The grades here are loosely based on the RCM Toronto. There is a preliminary to grade 10 and then the ARCT with is essentially high level concert repertoire. Keep in mind though that there is no such thing as grades in music, pros play programmes made from a variety of levels, in the end it’s just good music or not. A question mark after the grade is just a statement of approximation on grade level, making it flexible as to what grade it might be categorized at.

Lessons from my eBook: Easy Classical Guitar Pieces
Approx. RCM Preparatory to Grade 3 Level

Lessons from my eBook: Ten Classical Etudes
Approximately Grade 3-7 RCM

Lessons from my ebook: 20 Favorite Exercises

Brouwer Etudes (Estudios Sencillos)

Pumping Nylon Video Lesson

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

Lessons from my eBook: Major Scales for Guitar

Other Repertoire Lessons


Flamenco Influenced Lessons

General topics in music:

Recommended Methods & Books (Amazon)

  • The Bible of Classical Guitar Technique by Hubert Käppel. This book is like Pumping Nylon on steroids. 245 pages of exercises and excellent text advice, photos, explanations, and tons of exercises. This is a huge contribution to the guitar world and I’m only just starting to dive deep into the ideas. Also great practice tips and general musical advice. Highly recommended.
  • Kitharologus: The Path to Virtuosity by Ricardo Iznaola – Progressive: from beginner to extreme advanced. Very good technique book and the progressive sections are a great idea to help organize students. Covers technique exercises and also a significant amount of fingerboard knowledge. Beware however, although the book starts out super easy (open strings) but it gets very difficult fast. This is not a criticism but you should know that you will not just zoom through the book.
  • 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.