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Classical Guitar Lessons

Go from complete beginner to composer with online classical guitar lessons. These courses will teach you how to read music, practice techniques, classical guitar techniques, sight-reading, music theory and analysis, and the tools to arrange and compose. If you are new to the classical guitar, please see the What You Will Need and Recommendations sections below.


Classical guitar lessons are given via online courses. The first lesson is free.

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New to Classical Guitar? Here's What You Will Need

A Classical Guitar

A good classical guitar is essential for learning. I don't recommend that a beginner buy an expensive guitar. Classical Guitar is a very deep subject and some students stop lessons when they find out how much work is involved. However, for those who are willing to work hard and practice, here are some brands that I’ve come across that are well-made entry-level guitars:


  • Yamaha C40ii - A Basic budget-friendly guitar. The cost starts at around $169 U.S.
  • Cordoba C3M - A nice beginner guitar The cost starts at around $200 U.S.
  • Cordoba C5 - Even nicer guitar. The cost starts at around $300 U.S.

Prices for guitars go up from here. I highly recommend the Cordoba and Alhambra brands.


Foot Stool or Other Guitar Support

As classical guitarists, we play sitting with the guitar on the left leg. A footstool or other guitar support is recommended. I particularly like the ErgoPlay Tappert. That's the one you will see in most of the videos. Here are a few links to explore:



And last but not least, you will need a music stand. I have a few students who sit at a desk and use a tabletop stand. However, you can always use a traditional stand as well.



Recommendations

“Paul is an exceptional guitarist, author, teacher, and educator. Paul displays a thoroughness in all of his work that is rare amongst musicians, as shown in his playing, compositions, arrangements, web design, videography, and publications. This quality makes Paul a naturally gifted teacher, who won’t let any stone go unturned for his students. Paul can offer a student so much more than your average guitar teacher, as he has developed many aspects of technique and musicianship. With Paul, you not only learn how to improve your technical abilities but also how to understand music, compose, arrange, and more. In addition, Paul’s unwavering commitment to the Lord Jesus Christ and to music makes him a person of integrity, reliability, and dedication. I have no doubt that if you study guitar with Paul, your musical life will flourish in many areas, bringing great joy and fulfillment to your guitar playing.”


Dr. Daniel Nistico

Creative Classical Guitarist




“Classical guitar lessons with Paul makes a student like me very appreciative and thankful. He does not rush you when you have a lesson with him and throughout the lesson, he gives you encouragement on how you are improving. Paul always reminds me that to get to the mountaintop, we must get through the molehills. I am thankful for his flexibility but also his accountability as I learn.”


Gabriela Moscoso

Student




“Paul has instructed me since February of 2023. As an intermediate player coming back to the instrument after some years away, Paul charted a course to take me to the next level. He reviewed the basics, addressed music theory, and provided helpful tips during each lesson. More than anything, Paul renewed my love for the guitar by creating a vision of what was possible with the instrument. Each lesson builds on the last, and with much practice or little each week, Paul patiently builds my skills. He has the added value of being a composer and arranger of guitar music, so he can view potential pieces from end-to-end, and make helpful observations. If you are considering picking up the classical guitar or are coming back to the guitar, Paul can and will help you succeed. And his instructing manner is always charitable, yet challenging. I truly appreciate his contributions to my success. Could not be doing it without him.”


Todd Guthrie

Student