Classical Guitar Lessons (videos and articles)

This page links to our free classical guitar lessons, tutorials, and more. I’ve also created a free curriculum to help guide students through the learning process. Many of the lessons are from professional guitarists from all around the world while some of the more specific curriculum lessons are by your host here on the site, Bradford Werner. Bradford teaches classical guitar at the Victoria Conservatory of Music, in Victoria, BC, Canada.

Free Curriculum for Classical Guitar

These are ordered lessons for students. I plan to take students through an ordered set of studies from absolute beginner to grade 4 RCM (pieces such as Tarrega’s Lagrima). This is intended as a supplement to lessons, having one-on-one lessons with a qualified teacher is still the best way to learn.

Section 1 – Preparation & Review

  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 – Photos, Tips, Diagrams
  5. Some Good Advice for Beginner Students  – Coming Soon

More coming soon…

Free Classical Guitar Lessons by Category

Posture & Sitting Position:

Right Hand Lessons

Left Hand Lessons

Ornamentation on Guitar

General / Other Lessons

Graded Repertoire Lessons for Classical Guitar

The grades here are loosely based on the RCM Toronto. 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.

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.