Tips and Advice for Beginner Classical Guitarists

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This video is part of my free online curriculum at the lesson archive page. This is a lesson for beginner classical guitarists. We’ve already looked at the sitting position, left and right hand technique, so now I just want to give a few words of advice before you move on to more lessons. Below the video you’ll see the list of tips I mention in the video. Find more articles at the Lesson Archive Page. For free lessons, sheet music, and pro videos join the Email Newsletter. You can help create more and sustain the site by supporting or donating.


Video Link & Source: https://youtu.be/9wwCYEk9I1I

Tips for Beginners
Repeat these tips to your teacher each week until completely memorized.

General Advice

  • Music is special so always play thoughtfully and with musical feeling
  • Music is easy but requires daily practice to improve
  • Enjoy fixing your mistakes and solving problems
  • End each practice session with a piece you can play well

Practice Tips

  • Practicing is problem solving (not just playing)
  • Always check your technique before playing
  • Carefully consider fingering and instructions before playing
  • Practice the music slowly at first (half speed or less)
  • Practice difficult parts slowly and repeatedly in small sections

Sitting Position (see full article)

  • The head of the guitar is at eye level (guitar is at 45º angle)
  • Feet flat on the ground and footstool
  • Face of guitar straight up and down (not angled back)
  • Relax shoulders and neck

Right Arm & Hand (see full article)

  • Right arm touches the guitar just in front of the elbow
  • Right wrist is straight with a relaxed arch
  • Right hand plays above the rosette
  • Right hand fingers move into the palm, not up and away
  • Right hand thumb is in front of the fingers

Left Arm & Hand (see full article)

  • Left wrist is straight, not over-extended
  • Left palm and knuckles are parallel with the strings
  • Left hand thumb is vertical and behind 2nd finger
  • Left hand fingers are curved and on fingertips
  • Left hand fingers play very close to the fret

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