Beginners Guide to Teaching Yourself Classical Guitar

If you have made the decision that you would like to teach yourself classical guitar, then you have embarked on a noble task that will bring great satisfaction and pleasure in the years to come. Learning to play classical guitar will also lay the foundation for learning other playing styles that you may choose to pursue.

In this article, I will provide an overview of the fundamentals for teaching yourself to play the classical guitar and some additional tips on course recommendation and research.

Teaching Yourself

Beginners Guide to Teaching Yourself Classical GuitarTeaching yourself classical guitar is a lot harder than having a personal guitar tutor, as you will have no one beside you to explain things to you or correct any of your mistakes. Therefore, you will need to pay special attention to detail in all aspects of your learning, especially when learning hand position, arpeggios, finger position, posture and playing position.

You must be prepared to remain committed and diligent throughout your new learning endeavor to achieve the desired result, as you will not only be learning how to play the guitar but also how to read music.

The greatest key to learning the classical guitar is to take your time and be patient with yourself. You may, for example, spend some time getting your hand position right, but once you have accomplished this fundamental and most important skill, it will then cause your progress to accelerate. It is all about getting the basics right first before you move on to the next task.

As I mentioned before, great satisfaction and pleasure will be found when you start to master the basics and hear yourself play your first piece well. This will be your reward from your hard work and will be a powerful motivator for your on-going learning.

Course Material

When starting out with little or no experience you will need to do your homework before purchasing a self-paced classical guitar course. The recommended requirements for a well-balanced, self-paced classical guitar course are:

  1. A graded approach to teaching
  2. Detailed but well explained instructions
  3. Clear photos and diagrams
  4. An instructional DVD to play along with in practice
  5. Email Support

A good classical guitar course should include a beginners, intermediate and advanced level. It is essential to never move on to the next level until you have become proficient in the previous level.

Research

One of the best places to find a complete course on how to teach yourself classical guitar is online, as you can read personal testimonials, review the course content and get a feel for how the course may best fit with you. If you have any friends that play classical guitar, have a chat with them and see if they have any recommendations. You can also check your nearest music shops for any information or advice they may have on teaching yourself classical guitar.

Hand Exercise

Having your hands in decent shape is particularly important. Daily stretching and strengthening exercises go a long way to contributing to you enjoying your practice, extending your discomfort threshold and increase your capacity to form those more difficult chords a lot easier.

Application

By keeping to a disciplined approach with regular practice, will return immense benefits. By engaging in frequent time slots of about 45 minutes for each practice to begin with, you will maintain your motivation and interest.

Increase or decrease your practice times to what best suits you. Try to use the same place for your practice times, as this will enhance your learning.

Obstacles and Solutions

If you are finding a section of the course boring, monotonous or finding a piece difficult to understand or play, then that is the time to have a break. Go for a walk or leave it until the next day. It is quite surprising what a break will do to remove tension, clear your thoughts or simply re-motivate you to tackle those hard parts again with renewed enthusiasm.

Try breaking down a part that you are finding really difficult to master into smaller sections, whether it is a chord or a music piece. For example, form part of the chord and get the placement and sound right, then form the other half of the chord and get that right, then start forming the full chord and practice that until your placement and sound is correct.

Do not allow yourself to become over frustrated as this can seriously affect your motivation and enjoyment. Guard against this attitude, and when you find yourself becoming frustrated, take positive action against it.

by Nigel W Baker; Thursday, April 5, 2012 @ 12:42 PM [2285]

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