Classical Guitar Method Book (Free PDF)

Classical Guitar Method – Volume I by Bradford Werner 
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For beginner classical or fingerstyle guitar

This book teaches classical and fingerstyle guitar skills with a focus on the rich pedagogical tradition of classical guitar. Most learning objectives are covered through pieces and duets allowing students to perform full pieces from the first lesson. A qualified teacher and the lesson videos should provide students with a healthy start. Also see Volume Two for more theory, exercises, and reading skills. Help support the site, free music, and lessons.

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  • 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, 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. Highly recommended.
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Student FAQ:

How much should I memorize the pieces and what should I keep in my repertoire? I would memorize a few pieces that you find easy to play so you can look at your hands carefully as you play them. That said, balance that with keeping your eyes on the music for other pieces so you learn to trust your hands and build sight reading skills. Near the end of the book I always have students memorize and perform well: Leyenda (melody in the bass) and Siciliano (Melody in the top voice) as a basic requirement before moving to the next book.