I teach about 30 regular students year round and some ensemble classes too. I’ve been teaching at the Victoria Conservatory of Music up in Victoria, B.C. for 15 years.
I often get asked how I approach teaching classical guitar. The truth is that every student learns in a different way so I can’t give you a set way to teach. However, I do use some materials with all my classical guitar students (see below). I haven’t included repertoire or etudes here but you can check out my sheet music page.
Lessons: I use videos in addition to my studio teaching so my students can go home and remember all the tips. You can check out the Lesson Archive for these videos.
Method Books I Use When Teaching Classical Guitar:
- Classical Guitar Method – Vol. 1 – This is how I start beginner students. They learn to read music and play solos, duets, and chords.
- Classical Guitar Method Vol. 2 – This continues with the above content but introduces key signatures and some upper position stuff.
- Sight Reading for the Classical Guitar, Level I-III” by Robert Benedict – teaches the student about form, phrasing, dynamics, and how to sight read. Excellent for a solid education. I use this with students who need a bit more reading practice after my method books.
- Classical Guitar Technique: Essential Exercises, Scales, & Arpeggios – After my students complete my above methods I use this book to start ironing out all their technique.
- 20 Favorite Exercises – For cross-over students (from electric etc) I use this tab book to get their technique going while learning to read music from other books.
- Sight Reading for the Classical Guitar, Level IV-V” – by Robert Benedict, a continuation of the previous book.
- Ten Classical Etudes – My intermediate students go through this book to test their skills.
- Scale Pattern Studies by Aaron Shearer – Very comprehensive, scales & sight reading. Slightly numbing but does the job better than any other book.
- Kitharologus: The Path to Virtuosity – difficult but well worth it. – I’ve been going over this more thoroughly this week. It starts out super easy but gets very difficult. Plus there are some wacky technique tasks such as all rest-stroke during arpeggios. However, I’m convinced this is an excellent book for anyone who wants to go beyond pumping nylon basics and really get into controlling their sound and technique.