Orientation & Welcome to Classical Guitar Method Volume 1

Classical Guitar Method Volume 1 – Welcome and Orientation – My Classical Guitar Method is a free PDF Download (102 pages) from my sheet music store Werner Guitar Editions – 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.

About this book – 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 rather than exercises or descriptions. This allows students to perform full pieces from the first lesson. Working with a qualified teacher as well as watching the lesson videos should provide students with a healthy start to guitar.

How to use this book – Study Part 1 in progressive order, studying every piece on every page. Incorporate Part III as a technique routine from the beginning. The chord section can be studied more loosely based on the skills and age of the student. Take lessons with a qualified teacher and watch the free video lessons to help you learn proper technique, musicality, and listening skills.

Five Main Goals
1. Play solos and duets from start to finish with a steady tempo
2. Play legato melodies (also with open string bass accompaniment)
3. Play arpeggio pieces and patterns
4. Become proficient at reading music in first position (without key signatures)
5. Accompany basic songs with strumming or fingerstyle chords

What is left out? This book omits information that might clutter the beginner learning experience. Music should be learned through listening and experience. Only a small amount of theory and musical expression have been included. I encourage students to explore these topics with their teacher during weekly lessons. Advice on theory and expression have been included in the free lesson videos which is a better medium for communicating musical ideas.

2 Comments

  1. I have been following your Advice on how to use method number 1 for beginners, and with better concentration than, when I first started….I realise I should have taken your Advice as soon as I started. THAT is WHAT as known AS STUBBERNESS ..NEVER AGAIN Bob Taylor

  2. Going back over Vol 1 and Vol 2. Very useful as you pick up information which you perhaps didn’t understand first time. It’s also really good when you play the music which was difficult then, but is really easy now. So if anyone is reading this who is just starting out, keep at it, it really does get easier with time and regular practice. Thank you Bradford, your books have given me a good start and I now feel confident enough to progress onto more of your repertoire books. Your video lessons are priceless.

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