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Watch the Classical Guitar Primer online guitar lesson by Andrew Leonard from Take 5: Beginner Classical

In this introductory lesson, I will share with you some of the elements of beginner classical guitar technique and style. First, I'll introduce PIMA, the fingering labels for classical guitar right hand fingerings and thoughts on right hand classical guitar technique including rest strokes and free strokes. Next, we'll cover some concepts of left hand classical guitar technique and how to position the guitar for optimal playing. You may find some information here useful for any style of guitar playing.

If PIMA is new to you: P is the thumb, I is the index finger, M is the middle finger and A is the ring finger.

One thing you may find interesting is learning how a classical guitarist thinks about chords. Beginner classical guitar players do not learn chords the same way other players do: We do not learn to strum open chords; we think about the different voices in a chord shape — the melody bass and accompaniment.

To end the primer, I'll share a few thoughts on what led me to study classical guitar.

As you go through the course, keep in mind you can consult the lesson materials for tab and standard notation. All five pieces have right and left hand fingerings for every note.

Also, you may find it useful the read the introductory text for each lesson. Some is quite extensive and contains information about classical guitar playing, music history listening recommendations and elements classical music terminology.