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Guitar Tablature: "Bourrée in E Minor" by J.S. Bach

There are some songs that all classical guitar players will come across at one time or another. Learning how to play "Bourrée in E Minor" on guitar will give your classical skills a chance to shine. This [more…]

Guitar Tablature: “Romanza”

“Romanza” is a simple, arpeggiated, piece of guitar sheet music in the classical style that gives you an opportunity to accentuate the melody notes with rest strokes [more…]

Guitar Tablature: "Allegro" by G.F. Handel

If you know how to play your melodic minor scales, you won't have any problem learning to play Handel's "Allegro" on guitar. The opening statement in this piece is just an ascending scale, although it [more…]

How to Properly Hold a Classical Guitar

To sound authentic when you play classical guitar, you must play it in the classical style. That means you have to follow the specific rules about how you hold the guitar, position your hands, and play [more…]

How to Position Your Right Hand for Classical Guitar

To sound authentic when you play classical guitar, you must play it in the classical style. After posture, learning how to position your right-hand is the most critical consideration for achieving a true [more…]

How to Position Your Left Hand for Classical Guitar

Classical guitarists play their instruments quite differently from that of any other guitar style. When you're learning how to position your left hand for fingering frets in the classical style, try to [more…]

How to Play Free Strokes on Classical Guitar

Follow-through is just as important with plucking a guitar string as it is with golf or bowling. By controlling the way your finger follows through after plucking a string, you can learn to play the [more…]

How to Play Rest Strokes in Classical Guitar Music

Follow-through is just as important with plucking a guitar string as it is with golf or bowling. By controlling the way your finger follows through after plucking a string, you can learn to play the [more…]

Arpeggio-Style Classical Guitar Exercise

Most classical guitar pieces are played in either an arpeggio style or a contrapuntal style. To play classical guitar in arpeggio style, you hold chords with the left hand while plucking the strings in [more…]

Contrapuntal-Style Classical Guitar Exercise

Most classical guitar pieces are played in either an arpeggio style or a contrapuntal style. When you play contrapuntal classical guitar music, you are playing two or more melodies [more…]

Classical Guitar Notes

This diagram illustrates the guitar’s entire range of notes, including sharps and flats, on the treble clef, using ledger lines below and above the staff. Each of the six string’s 12 frets is shown allowing [more…]

The Circle of 5ths in Classical Guitar

The circle of 5ths (an interval encompassing five notes) is a helpful tool in classical guitar for viewing the 12 major and minor keys by the order of sharps and flats in their key signatures. The key [more…]

Playing Classical Guitar in Free Stroke versus Rest Stroke

How do you know when to use the free stroke or the rest stroke when playing classical guitar? This table notes when you should choose to use the free stroke and when your better option is the rest stroke [more…]

Classical Guitar For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Playing classical guitar starts with figuring out the notes, noting major and minor keys on the circle of 5ths, and knowing what situations in classical guitar call for playing the free stroke or the rest [more…]

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