Classical Guitar Essentials - The Basics Part 2
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Created by Hani Gamal
Last updated 7/2017
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What Will I Learn?
  • Play 7 Classical Guitar pieces from famous composers like: J.S.Bach, Giuliani and others.
  • Know all the notes in the first position on guitar.
  • Play two and three strings together.
  • Playing Arpeggios
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  • You should be familiar with the first course, or can read standard music sheet.
  • You should be familiar with the basic techniques of Guitar, like how to play a string, or how to hold the guitar

The 2nd part of this serious which picks up where we left off. It starts with learning notes on the 5th & 6th strings, then introduce the accidentals to fill in the spaces on the frets we left it. 

Scales is one of the major issues we going to discuss by playing 2 major scales and 1 minor scale, and explain why they are important for your development as classical guitarist. We gonna take a look at 5 basic chord shapes that will help your left hand adapt and stretch your fingers, so the pieces we will play later will not be that hard on the left hand. 

Then we going to switch our focus to the right hand, by learning the chord technique and how to play 2 or more notes at the same time. This section will be filled with exercises to make sure that you get the technique right, as this what differs the classical guitarist from other type of guitar playing like electric and folk.

After that we will be playing 3 of the most famous studies by famous classical guitar composers such as F. Carulli, Mateo Carcassi, and Mauro Giuliani that will take your playing to a whole new level. 

Finally at the end we will take a look at one of the most important technique on guitar which is Arpeggio, and play one of the most famous Flamenco pieces of all time: The Malaguena. 

So, here is your chance to really play classical guitar. All the lessons are broken down in easy to follow steps. I will not leave a single note, or technique not fully explained. 

If you've playing guitar for months or even years and struggling to take your playing to the next level, this course is definitely for you. Reading standard music notation is a must for this course, so If you can't read it why don't you check out my first course in this serious then come back and continue with this one.

I really hope that you enjoy every lesson here, I know I did. 

Thank you.

Who is the target audience?
  • Students who finished my first course
  • Have a little knowledge about classic guitar, and they want to expand their technique.
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Curriculum For This Course
44 Lectures
Notes on the 5th String A
6 Lectures 32:06

Overview of what we going to cover in this section.

Preview 01:00

Notes on the 5th String: A - B - C

A,B, and C

First scale in the course, very exciting. 

Preview 05:44

Apply the new notes in a song, best way to practice new notes.

"La Mantovana" Italian Dance

Step 1 in London College of Music is the first level for guitar exam. Even if you don't want to apply for the exam, they are choosing the best music that will test your technique and knowledge.

"Ritmico" From London College of Music Guitar Step 1

Another piece from LCM, this one is very melodic.

"Hungarian Dance No.4" From London College of Music Guitar Step 1

String 5 Quiz
2 questions
Chromatic Notes or Accidentals
7 Lectures 31:16

Overview of what we going to cover in this section.


The frets that we left intentionally are the accidentals, time to know what are they.

Meet the Accidentals

This one have only semi tones!

G Chromatic Scale

Learn the G major scale, and why the key signature is so important

G Major Scale / Key Signature

I am sure you'll recognize this tune when you hear it

Preview 07:48

Your first minor scale, it's a sad scale not like the major one.

A Harmonic Minor Scale

Because it's in a minor key, this tune is a little sad

"Study in Am" by Antonio Cano

Test your knowledge in accidentals

Accidentals do happens
5 questions
Notes on the 6th string E
5 Lectures 21:05

The final string on Guitar, watch out for the ledger lines.

6th String Notes E,F, and G

Time to review all the bass notes that you learned

The Bass Notes Drill

Do this drill over and over until you are comfortable with the ledger lines

Bass Notes Excercise 1 & 2

A traditional Spanish tune to practice all the bass notes that you know, and it's in eighth notes! So go slowly.

Preview 08:25

Test your knowledge in the bass notes

6th String Notes
3 questions
5 Basic Open Chords
6 Lectures 19:00

A minor (Am)

E Major

E minor (Em)

G Dominant 7 (G7)

Identify the chord's shape

5 Basic Chords
4 questions
Right Hand Developing Technique
7 Lectures 57:26

A whole section devoted for the right hand development. Learn the techniques that will make your fingerstyle playing go to a new level.


Time for a new notes, it's been a while since you learned one.

More sharp notes C# and D#

A key technique in the classic guitar, it will serve you well in the coming lessons. The complete opposite of the rest stroke, so it might take some practice until your fingers adjust.

Free Stroke / Playing 2 notes chord using p & m

Using the fingers p & m is very common technique. This study will help you master it.

Preview 06:13

Starting a chain of 6 studies devoted for using the right hand fingers combination. This is the first 2 of them, and each study is built on the previous one.

2 Notes chord using p,m - Exc 1&2

Study 3 & 4 uses the other fingers which will develop your right hand even further. 

2 Notes chord using im, ma, and ia - Exc 3 & 4

Study 5 & 6 complete the series and they are not easy. A little bet more challenging for both hands.

2 Notes chord fingers variation - Exc 5 & 6
5 Lectures 44:41

Ferdinando Carulli is famous for his hundreds of composition of small studies for guitar. All his studies was aimed to develop the technique, and at the same time sounds like a song not an exercise. This one is very well know.

"Country Dance" by F. Carulli

Mateo Carcassi is considered to be the first one who put a real method for the classical guitar. His compositions are more melodic than Carulli, This study is by far one of the best for developing the right hand technique, enjoy.

"Andantino" By Mateo Carcassi

Mauro Giuliani was a leading guitar virtuoso of the early 19th century. His work "120 studies for the right hand" is the number one book for any serious classical guitarist. All his composition are melodic and have technical challenges. I picked this one cause it's the easiest one I could find! Take it slowly.  

"Study" by Mauro Giuliani Part 1

The 2nd part of Guiliani study.

"Study" by Mauro Giuliani Part 2
Introduction to Arpeggios
6 Lectures 36:32

Arpeggio is a broken chord. Soon you will learn that to be a good classical guitarist, you need to master this technique.

Chord vs. Arpeggio

Learn the new rhythm the Triplets. How can you play 3 notes in the time of one beat? Find out how. Also, there are many forms of arpeggios, but it all comes to 2 kinds.. and you will learn them here.

Preview 07:18

Study on the upward arpeggio.

Upward Arpeggio Study

Study on the downward arpeggio.

Downward Arpeggio Study

You will thank me for this one! I thought I end the course with something unique, here it is. Keep those fingers playing.

"The Malaguena" Traditional Spanish - From LCM Step 2
2 Lectures 13:29

Revision of the notes that we covered so far, well done!

All the notes you know so far

A few resources to keep you busy until we meet again in part 3. Learn ALL the studies that we covered here well, then go ahead and experiment with those.

Recommendation to further study
About the Instructor
Hani Gamal
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Musician, Photographer

Hi, I am Hany Gamal. I live in Egypt. I studied photography, and video editing in fine art college. Then I took a 2 years course with New York Institute of Photography.

I studied guitar with The Royal School of Music, and I finished Grade 8 guitar back in 2004.

My real passion is teaching, so I teach everything I know... photography, guitar, and even Rubik's Cube - which I can do in less than 2 minutes.

I worked as a freelance photographer, a camera-man, a video editor, and a guitar tutor at International British schools.

I run a chess club in my school were I work as music and performing art director.