Classical Guitar:Classical guitar is different than other styles in several ways:
- Classical guitar is primarily a solo style. The focus of the classical guitarist is to perform compositions from a standard repertoire of pieces written throughout history. Reading music and developing technical ability are the most important skills practiced by classical guitarists. There is no emphasis on recognizing chord symbols, improvising lead solos, or playing with a band.
- Right hand fingerstyle technique is used exclusively. Picks are typically not used because many pieces require a bass line and a melody to be played at the same time. This can't be done as effectively with a pick (non-adjacent strings can't be plucked simlutaneaously with a pick).
- Nylon string guitars are used, rather than steel string acoustic or electric instruments. The neck of the guitar is wider, and the instrument produces a more mellow sound. Traditionally, classical guitarists perform without amplification.
This lesson provides progressively difficult pieces from the standard classical guitar repertoire, with brief musical, technical, and historical notes on each piece. There are seperate technique and history lessons to provide a traditional understanding of the style.
The easiest and most natural way to learn the pieces in this lesson is to listen to, and mimic the audio recordings provided. Read the technical notes for help with notation, fingerings solutions, and other tips to make the music easier to perform. Find a favorite piece and repeat it a little every day - it will become fluid and natural with extended practice!