Watch the Beginner Method for Classical Guitar Vol. 1 online guitar lesson by Andrew Leonard from Beginner Method for Classical Guitar

Welcome to Andrew Leonard's Beginner Method for Classical Guitar Vol. 1.

Whether you're an experienced guitarist looking to add classical technique and style to your playing, or a beginner starting from the ground up, this accelerated method is the ideal study program for you.

In this first volume, you'll learn the foundational skills of classical guitar playing: right hand rest strokes & free strokes to play scales and arpeggios and Andrew's unique approach to left hand technique.

Along the way, you'll play several etudes and we'll wrap up with Milan's "Pavan 1", a well-known concert piece.

Andrew designed this course with the TrueFire learning approach in mind and the goal of "demystifying" classical guitar technique. The course is organized into 4 sections with tab and standard notation provided for all exercises.

Each section introduces one or more aspects of classical guitar. Every concept is explained, then broken down into simple exercises that isolates right or left hand movements. All four sections conclude with an etude, passage or piece by a well know classical guitar composer.

If you already play guitar, learning to play classical guitar will refine your technique, improve your listening skills and introduce you to a tradition of guitar playing that is centuries old.

If you're a beginner, you will find the step by step approach easy to follow. In addition, you'll be learning the basic principles of proper guitar technique from the beginning of your studies.

The course videos and accompanying text also contain practice tips and short discussions on the history of classical guitar. You'll learn a bit about the evolution of the guitar, from its Renaissance and Baroque period ancestors to the modern day instrument. You'll also get to know some of the influential classical guitarists from different eras and their most important concert pieces.

Andrew Leonard has taught classical guitar at Wesleyan University and at the University of Kentucky, where he ran the guitar program. He was also a Senior Instructor at the National Guitar Workshop and taught at its Classical Guitar Summit. He studied at Yale University where he received a Master of Music Degree in Guitar Performance.

As a performer, Andrew Leonard's concert schedule has taken him throughout the country, from Portland, Oregon to Portland, Maine and to Europe. Andrew also performed as a member of the Leonard-Smith Guitar Duo with Grammy Award winning fingerstyle guitarist Doug Smith.

Andrew's two solo recordings, A World of Guitar Music and Music of the Ages have been heard throughout the country on National Public Radio affiliates.

Andrew is an endorsee for D'Addario strings and performs in a wardrobe provided by Jackson & Connor, a menswear shop in Northampton, MA.