Category Lessons

Alternating Right Hand Fingers for Classical Guitar

Here are a few lessons on right hand alternation for the classical guitar. This is one of the most important concepts of right hand fingering for classical guitar and essential for beginners to accomplish. Intermediate students should also review this…

Scott Morris: Left Hand Position & Guide Fingers

Another guitar lesson by Scott Morris via Guitar Salon International. In this video Morris talks about guide fingers but first about the left hand position in general. This is useful for security, accuracy, learning relaxation, and left-hand preparation. This is via…

Student Warm-up for Classical Guitar

Here is a basic warm-up for beginner to early intermediate classical guitarists. I made this with some of my students in mind who might rebel if it was longer than one page! I recommend that teachers get their students to…

Guitar as Choir by Frank Wallace

This is a guest post by composer & guitarist Frank Wallace. In my article Loud, or Robust?, I mentioned performing Narváez in a 12th century church. It was magical. It was transformative. I heard every voice of a four-part texture as…

Practicing via Stephen Aron

Nice article about practicing via Stephen Aron Guitar Studio. He gives us context about practicing and also outlines what types of things make up a balanced practice session. Here is the intro paragraph: Serious students of the guitar generally regard…

Becoming your own teacher | Nina Fourie-Gouws

Classical Guitarist Nina Fourie-Gouws, based out of South Africa, has a new blog (with a great title!), check it out: p i m a DONNA | Classical Guitar Blog. Her first blog post is titled “Becoming your own teacher – Part…

Tension & Relaxation for Classical Guitarists

Here’s a little video lesson regarding tension and relaxation for classical guitar or musicians in general. It’s more of a discussion than anything else but I hope you find it useful. One of the books I mention is an interesting section…

Eliminate the Hard Parts in Music: Editing the Score

Over at Stephen Aron Guitar Studio he talks about eliminating the hard parts and editing the score for performance. I think the main point behind this discussion is the question: what is best for the music? Now, we can’t go too…

Scott Morris Lesson on Barring Technique

Scott Morris gives a lesson on Barring Technique (the Barre). This comes via the excellent GSI (Guitar Salon International), thanks! Their blurb: “In this lesson Scott addresses the topic of barring – when and how to bar, and also when…

Yo-Yo Ma 9 opinions on performance and career

9 opinions on performance and career by cellist Yo-Yo Ma, via The Strad. I thought the last point on performance was particularly good. Here’s a little excerpt: On performance‘Leon Fleischer put it well when he suggested that a performing musician…

Lesson: Octaves in G Major by Giuliani

Octaves in G Major, No. 7, Op. 1 by Mauro GiulianiFrom my PDF eBook: Ten Classical Etudes (Werner Guitar Editions)Includes fingering, notation only & notation + TAB edition.YouTube Video Performance and Lesson Link Octaves are a real workout and great for the…

Lesson: Thirds in G Major by Giuliani

Thirds in G Major, No. 5, Op. 1 by Mauro GiulianiFrom my PDF eBook: Ten Classical Etudes (Werner Guitar Editions)Includes fingering, notation only & notation + TAB edition.YouTube Video Performance and Lesson Link (4K) Thirds in G Major No. 5, Op. 1…