Classical Guitar Essentials - The Basics Part 1

First steps in playing classical guitar and start your journey as musician!
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  • Lectures 52
  • Length 4.5 hours
  • Skill Level Beginner Level
  • Languages English
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Published 5/2016 English

Course 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.

What are the requirements?

  • Have a nylon strings guitar
  • Access to the internet
  • Have a footstool

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Know the basics of Classical Guitar techniques
  • Play well known tunes
  • Read standard music notation
  • On your way to be a finger style guitarist

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.

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
30 day money back guarantee.

Forever yours.
Lifetime access.

Learn on the go.
Desktop, iOS and Android.

Get rewarded.
Certificate of completion.


Section 1: Welcome and Overview

Is this course for you? find out.


Talking about gear and props for the course.


Not as long as you might think.

Section 2: About the Guitar

Names of the different parts of the guitar.


Elephant And Donkeys Grow Big Ears!


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

3 questions

Questions about guitar parts, strings names, and tuning

Section 3: Beginning to Play

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


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


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


Lets get these fingers playing.


What you learned so far.

6 questions

Questions about fingers identification, and playing position.

Section 4: How Guitar Music is Written

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


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


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


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


More practicing means faster results.


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

4 questions

Check your knowledge of music learned in this section

Section 5: Notes on the 1st String - E

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


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


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


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


Last exercise on the 1st string

Section 6: Notes on the 2nd String - B

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


Covering the Rests and another technique called Dumping the string


Time to play the 2nd string notes


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


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


First well known tune, Merry Xermas! 


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

Section 7: Notes on the 3rd String - G

New note on the 3rd string: A


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


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


Time to play these Eighth notes, go slowly.


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


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.

Section 8: Open Bass Strings Plus Treble Notes

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


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


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.


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.


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


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


A real cowboy song, hope you enjoy it.


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

Section 9: Notes on the 4th String - D

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


Applying what you learned on the 4th string.


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


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.


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


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

Section 10: At The End

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


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


What's waiting for you in the next course

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Instructor Biography

Hani Gamal, 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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