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
Looking for the older 2017 edition videos? See the YouTube Playlist: Vol.1 (2017 Edition). The below is for the 2019 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
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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.