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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Video Lessons for this Method
Video lessons have been made for this book to supplement the learning experience. Ideas about musicality and technique are discussed and demonstrated. The below video lessons are for the 2019 edition. If you’re looking for the older 2017 edition videos see the YouTube Playlist: Vol.1 (2017 Edition).
- Posture and Sitting Position
- Right Hand Position
- Open String Pieces, Etude No. 1 & 2
- Left Hand Position
- First Left Hand Note: Moderato & A Fairy Tale
- Five Melodies and Ode to Joy Lesson
- Etude No. 3 – Dynamics, Arpeggios w/ left hand notes
- Duets: Nocturne, Ode to Joy, Jazz Cat
- Twinkle Twinkle, Etude No. 4, Au clair de la lune, Oh Susanna
- Staccato articulation for beginners (Prep for Waltz by Czerny)
- Duets: Waltz by Czerny, Minuet by Wilton, Morning by Diabelli
- Melody with Bass Accompaniment: Etudes No. 5, 6, 7, 8
- C Major Scale, Eighth Notes, Angeline the Baker, Etude No. 9, Vsi so venci Vejli
- Duets: Minuet by Hook, Flow Gently, Sweet Afton
- Etude No. 10, 11, and Little Birch Tree in the Field
- Duets: The Skye Boat Song
- Leyenda Theme by Albeniz, Chromatic Scale, & Greensleeves
- Malagueñas Lesson
- Duet: Minuet in G by Petzold
- Siciliano by Carcassi and Farewell
Visit the Lessons Page for more videos that compliment this book.
Supplemental Pieces for this Method
Should I memorize the pieces and should I keep them in my repertoire? Although I’m not strict about memorization with my students, I do believe that we play better when the piece is memorized. Also, our brains seem to get used to it as a habit and memorizes more efficiently if we do it regularly. So, I highly recommend you memorize your pieces but don’t be too hard on yourself, just do a little bit of memory work everyday and see how it goes.
When should I move onto the next piece? Aim for a confident playing of the piece. As a basic check you might put a metronome on and be able to play through it as that is a common issue. Aim for an even rhythm, nice tone, arched phrases, and a prominent melody. I encourage students to stick with pieces for awhile to see how they ‘settle’ into the piece in terms of relaxation. It’s important to dive deeper into musicality after you have accomplished the basic physical movements. A large part of what teachers do is to just raise the musical bar and get students to strive for higher levels of musicality so you’ll want to push yourself in that regard to ensure you are not just settling for a past standard (up your personal level every piece). In the end it’s up to you but try to feel confident and happy with your performance.
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