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Classical Guitar Essentials - The Basics Part 1

First steps in playing classical guitar and start your journey as musician!
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Created by Hani Gamal
Last updated 5/2016
English
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  • 4.5 hours on-demand video
  • 26 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
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  • Certificate of Completion
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Description

This course will teach you the Basic principles of playing Classical Guitar

At the end of this course you’ll be able to read standard music notation, learn classical guitar techniques, know the notes on the strings, and of course play well know tunes from Jingle Bells to Lambada!

I designed this course as If I am a complete beginner that never touched a guitar before. So not only I will explain how to play an exercise, but I will break it down and play it with you in a very slow speed so you can follow along.

We will go over the anatomy of the guitar, how to tune the strings, names of the notes on each string, how to play rest stroke, how to use your thumb, and finally playing 2 voices on the guitar.

This course is designed for the complete beginners how never played the guitar before, but If you play the guitar or can strum a few chords and wants to be a finger style guitarist, this course is also for you.

Feel free to take a look through the course description, and I look forward to see you inside.

Who is the target audience?
  • Teenagers and above - best starting from 12 years old.
  • Any one who wish to learn how to play classical guitar, or learn how to read notes on guitar.
  • Anyone who wants to be a finger style guitarist
  • This is not a course for strumming songs, or reading Tabs.
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What Will I Learn?
Know the basics of Classical Guitar techniques
Play well known tunes
Read standard music notation
On your way to be a finger style guitarist
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Requirements
  • Have a nylon strings guitar
  • Access to the internet
  • Have a footstool
Curriculum For This Course
Expand All 52 Lectures Collapse All 52 Lectures 04:27:55
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Welcome and Overview
3 Lectures 10:55

Is this course for you? find out.

Preview 03:35

Talking about gear and props for the course.

What you will need for this course
03:41

Not as long as you might think.

How long it will take me to play good?
03:39
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About the Guitar
3 Lectures 11:07

Names of the different parts of the guitar.

Naming Parts
03:12

Elephant And Donkeys Grow Big Ears!

Preview 01:37

You guitar needs to be in tune, find out how.

Tunning the Guitar
06:18

Questions about guitar parts, strings names, and tuning

About the guitar quiz
3 questions
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Beginning to Play
5 Lectures 18:59

You need the guitar to be steady so you can play. Tips on how to do that.

The Playing Position
07:36

You are going to use your fingers, right? Better know their names.

Finger Identification
01:50

The first technique on guitar, isn't that exciting?

The Right Hand and Rest Stroke
03:51

Lets get these fingers playing.

Preview 04:00

What you learned so far.

Summary
01:42

Questions about fingers identification, and playing position.

Beginning to Play
6 questions
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How Guitar Music is Written
6 Lectures 28:32

Starting a 3 parts lecture, you will learn all that you need to know about music theory.. don't be scared, it's easy!

Preview 06:33

Part 2 of music theory, you will learn the different shapes of the notes and it's value.

Part 2 - The Notes Value
04:35

Part 3 and final part of the lectures. You will learn about the Time Signature, the final thing to start playing the guitar.

Part 3 - The Time Signature
04:29

The first exercise in a series of 3 for the development of the right hand. 

Right Hand Walking Exercise No.1
05:29

More practicing means faster results.

Right Hand Walking Exercise No.2
03:37

Last one in the series, remember accuracy is the goal, not speed! 

Right Hand Walking Exercise No.3
03:49

Check your knowledge of music learned in this section

Review of Music Symbols Quiz
4 questions
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Notes on the 1st String - E
5 Lectures 22:32

It's time to develop the left hand, try this exercise.

The Left Hand
04:41

Know these notes on sheet music, and where on the fretboard.

E, F, and G
03:33

First time to play both hands together, Yeaah!! Don't forget to download the MP3 audio file to play with it. Have fun!

Exercise 1
06:48

The 2nd Exercise for the first string. Watch out for the new rhythem notes!

Exercise 2
04:01

Last exercise on the 1st string

Exercise 3
03:29
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Notes on the 2nd String - B
7 Lectures 37:07

Learning the notes on the 2nd string: B,C, and D

Preview 03:01

Covering the Rests and another technique called Dumping the string

Rests and Dumping
05:04

Time to play the 2nd string notes

Exercise 4
04:21

We covered 6 notes so far, lets play them all.

Combining Strings 1 and 2 - Exercise 5
06:02

This one is a bit harder than the last one, so go slowly!

Combining Strings 1 and 2 - Exercise 6
05:23

First well known tune, Merry Xermas! 

Song " Jingle Bells"
07:23

Don't underestimate this one, it's a little tricky! 

Song " German Folk Song"
05:53
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Notes on the 3rd String - G
6 Lectures 34:31

New note on the 3rd string: A

G, and A
04:03

How can we divide 1 beat into 2 equal halves? Find out.

Counting Eighth Notes
04:56

Are you ready to play the 3 strings together? Good.

Exercise 8
04:14

Time to play these Eighth notes, go slowly.

Exercise 9
06:28

"Happy Birthday" Song, a good tune to memorize the Eighth note.

Song " Happy Birthday to You"
05:20

All the notes and exercises that you learned so far, in one song! This time I am playing it with the backing track, I am sure you will love it.

Preview 09:30
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Open Bass Strings Plus Treble Notes
8 Lectures 48:52

Introducing the 3 open bass strings, their names and notes.

The Open Bass Strings
01:57

Time to learn Rest & Free stroke for the thumb (P).

Thumb Technique
06:57

3 more notes to learn, these ones use Ledger Lines so they look complicated. With a little practice you will get used to them, so let's go.

Exercises using open Bass strings
07:12

It's time to play 2 voices on guitar, one is the bass and the other is the melody. You are getting closer to play hard music, don't stop now.

Combining Bass and Treble Strings
10:10

Can you extend the length of a note beyond the time signature? Yes. Learn more with the Tie.

The Tie
02:40

Dynamics will add contrast to your playing, find out more in this lesson.

Dynamics Signs
05:42

A real cowboy song, hope you enjoy it.

Preview 06:30

Time to play the bass strings with the treble notes in a song, "Spanish Dance".

Song "Spanish Dance"
07:44
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Notes on the 4th String - D
6 Lectures 35:08

Time to learn the notes on the 4th String, D - E - F

D, E , and F
01:41

Applying what you learned on the 4th string.

Exercise 10
04:02

All the Open bass strings, plus the 4th string notes - in Eighth notes!

Exercise 11
05:29

A beautiful duet played by 2 guitars. You can play any part, but we are focusing on the one with the 4th string notes. Have fun.

Preview 07:30

A new rhythm so you can play much harder songs. Find out how can you play 1 and half beats! 

The Dotted Quarter Note
04:51

Last song in this course, I want it to finish with a hit. This one really sounds good, specially with the backing track.

Song " Lambada"
11:35
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At The End
3 Lectures 20:12

A checklist of all what we covered, plus practice tips to help you.

Milestone Chart and Practice Tips
10:11

The books that helped me create this course, and helped me with my students and myself. Also recommended apps and websites. 

Recommended Books and Websites
07:37

What's waiting for you in the next course

Highlights on the next course
02:24
About the Instructor
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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.

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