Important Things for Beginners to Learn About Classical Guitar:
- What is classical guitar?
- How will classical guitar lessons help me?
- Who are the great classical guitar composers?
- How do I tune my guitar?
- What are the parts of the classical guitar?
- How do I change classical guitar strings?
- What the the classical guitar finger names?
- Which classical guitar supports are best?
- What are the classical guitar techniques, symbols, and definitions?
What is classical guitar?
Classical guitar is one of the most diverse and bountiful music styles of all time. Although the “Classical” period of music is commonly thought of as the time span between 1730-1820, the “classical guitar” repertoire is actually a much wider umbrella term that encompasses diverse musics from different eras and regions–generally played on a nylon string guitar.
At this very moment people across the world–young and old, rich and poor, novices and virtuosos–are holding in their hands pieces of wood with six strings attached, creating beautiful sounds. While playing the classical guitar, one is able to actively engage with music history, theory, and culture of diverse composers, time periods, and landscapes.
Moreover, classical guitar technique enables you to explore individual expression with an acute sense of control. With a refined left and right hand touch, the classical guitarist is able to produce endless interpretations of a single musical phrase, thereby offering a lifetime of joy and intrigue.
So whether you like the profound lute suites of J.S. Bach, the swooping romanticism in Francisco Tárrega melodies, the energetic chordal dissonance of Heitor Villa-Lobos preludes, or contemporary compositions that push the bounds of the physical instrument such as those by Andrew York, the classical guitar repertoire has something unique to offer everyone.
Through deliberate focus, patience, and perseverance, classical guitar is the gift that keeps on giving! Below are some of my free resources to help you get more familiar with classical guitar culture.
How will classical guitar lessons help me?
This is one of the most important questions you can ask yourself before taking guitar lessons.
To find the answer, ask yourself this:
“Do I want to play more complex music, learn pieces faster, and gain a deeper understanding of how and why the music is doing what it’s doing?”
If the answer is “yes“, then one-on-one lessons are a great option for you.
The outcome will vary from person to person (this is your guitar journey after all!). But here’s what learning classical guitar has done for me:
After dedicated one-on-one instruction:
- The pieces that I thought were physically impossible became easier to play.
- When I saw a music score for the first time, my eyes no longer blurred and got lost on the page–I now had a plan of action to read more fluidly.
- I gained a deeper understanding of how music works and why it sounds the way it does.
- The fretboard finally started making more sense.
- I felt inspired and confident in learning new pieces of music.
However, there’s many other benefits you can receive beyond just ‘learning how to play the instrument‘. Guitar is something that can help you personally, professionally, and even emotionally on a daily basis.
Today, I pass this knowledge on to students nationwide to help them reach their full guitar potential.
If you’re ready to take your playing to the next level, please contact me today!
Who are the popular classical guitar composers?
It’s important to note that just because a composer is labeled as “great” or “famous” or “popular”, this doesn’t mean that their music is in any way superior to other composers. In fact, comparing art forms in this way is generally a mute point.
However, if you’re new to classical guitar or interested in learning more about the repertoire and history, it’s important to have a starting point for reference. While not all-encompassing, I hope you find this list of composers helpful for discovering some of the most prominent and beloved music in the classical guitar repertoire:
How do I tune my guitar?
If you’re new to guitar, one of the first things you need to do is learn how to tune your guitar. Simply put, if your guitar is out of tune then you’ll never sound good.
Fortunately, there’s tons of resources out there that help make tuning your guitar a breeze. Not only that, but some of these tuning resources are completely free!
What are the parts of the classical guitar?
If you’ve just purchased a classical guitar, you might be wondering what all the different parts of the guitar are called, what they do, and why they’re important.
My in-depth article “Parts of the Classical Guitar: Names, Descriptions, Images” provides clear images and thorough explanations of the most important exterior parts of the instrument.
How do I change classical guitar strings?
Over time, your strings will begin to sound dull, and can even be harder to play. Therefore, learning how to change the strings on your classical guitar is an important part of the craft.
Many people find the string changing process intimidating at first. So, I created this resource guide to help:
What are the classical guitar finger names?
When you’re starting to learn classical guitar, one of the first things you encounter is guitar finger names and numbers.
Check out the article below to learn what the finger names are called, and answers to some frequently asked questions.
Which classical guitar supports are best?
Footstools, Ergoplay, Guitarlifts, and more! When it comes to classical guitar supports, there’s a lot of options on the market.
Find out which support is right for you in my article below:
What are the classical guitar techniques, symbols, and definitions?
Classical guitar technique has evolved over centuries, and across various regions and languages. As a result, classical guitar terminology and notation symbols are plentiful–and sometimes downright confusing.
For a list of common classical guitar techniques, symbols and definitions, visit my page COMING SOON!