Classical Guitar Method Volume 1 (PDF)
Classical Guitar Method – Volume One
by Bradford Werner, 2019 Edition
Beginner Classical or Fingerstyle Guitar
Free PDF Download (102 pages)
Includes Free YouTube Video Lessons
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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. The book is licensed under a Creative Commons Licence (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0).
Video Lessons for the 2019 Edition
Links go to my blog This is Classical Guitar
- Before You Begin - Review these often or as needed, constantly making small adjustments and improvements. View the left hand lesson when you get to the first left hand notes in the book.
- Basic Technique Overview Video Lesson
- Posture and Sitting Position Lesson
- Right Hand Position Lesson
- Left Hand Position Lesson
- 10 Classical Guitar Lessons for Beginners
- Videos and Lessons for the Method Book
- Open String Pieces, Etude No. 1 & 2 Lesson
- Nocturne – Duet Play-Along and Performance
- First Left Hand Note: Moderato & A Fairy Tale Lesson
- A Fairy Tale - Duet Play-Along and Performance
- Five Melodies and Ode to Joy Lesson
- Ode to Joy - Duet Play-Along and Performance
- Etude No. 3 - Dynamics, Arpeggios w/ left hand notes
Jazz Cat - Duet Play-Along and Performance
- Twinkle Twinkle, Etude No. 4, Au clair de la lune, Oh Susanna
- Staccato articulation for beginners (Prep for Waltz by Czerny)
- Duet Performances: Waltz by Czerny, Minuet by Wilton, Morning by Diabelli
- Waltz by Czerny - Duet Play-Along and Performance
- Minuet by Wilton - Duet Play-Along and Performance
- Morning by Diabelli - Duet Play-Along and Performance
- Bass Notes and More
- 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
- Duet: Minuet by Hook - Duet Play-Along and Performance - Coming Soon
- Duet: Flow Gently Sweet Afton - Duet Play-Along and Performance - Coming Soon
- Etude No. 10, 11, and Little Birch Tree in the Field
- Duet: The Skye Boat Song
- Leyenda Theme by Albeniz, Chromatic Scale, & Greensleeves
- Malagueñas Lesson
- Duet: Minuet in G by Petzold - Play along video coming soon
- Siciliano by Carcassi and Farewell
- Technique Routines
- Technique Routines for the Right and Left Hands
The above videos are for the 2019 edition. If you are looking for the older 2017 edition videos see this YouTube Playlist: Vol.1 (2017).
Free Supplemental Pieces for this Method
Exercise on the E String by Mertz (via the blog)
- Carulli: Arpèges de Trois Notes (via the blog)
- Lecon 13 by Bosch (via the blog)
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.
Also visit my blog This is Classical Guitar for free lessons, pro videos, and more.
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