How to become a better classical guitarist

By | April 6, 2021


Practice playing bass and melody together. For example, delete an open E-chord. Play the low E and A strings with your thumb, and the B strings and the high E strings with your middle and ring fingers respectively. In a simple 4/4 time, (one and two and three and four) you select the low E-string on one and three, the A-string on two and four and switch between B and high E strings on ‘and’ count.


Feel several chord receptions. Much of the classical guitar playing lies in the picking hand technique, but with the help of variations on chord moments, you can play with diversity and more interesting melodic alternatives.


Practice with a metronome. Every guitarist in every style can benefit from training with a metronome or a track. These tools keep accurate time and help a player develop a disciplined sense of tempo.


Practice opposite movement. Here the bass line (low notes) is either rising or down while the melody is moving in the opposite direction. For example, try the following three-chord passage: Fret a G note on the third fret of the low E-string. Play it at the same time as an open high E-string. Then cut both strings on the other fret, playing them at the same time. End the run with an open low E-string and a high E-string stopped at the third thread.


Understand harmony. Important basic intervals in classical music include the fifth, the major third, the minor third and the seventh. Many chord steps contain key intervals, for example a six-string large bar chord is spelled: Root, fifth, root, major third, fifth root.


Never get bored. If you find that your compositions sound repetitive or otherwise boring, play in alternate settings. Dropped D and dropped C-tuning can, for example, give your chord receptions newfound depth and richness.

Learn a starting player. Guitarists, especially classical guitarists, often think about their instruments so much that they hinder their own ability to play. and the technology of a beginner will help you to improve your own understanding of the instrument, as well as your attitude towards it.

Professionals make classical guitar easy. Their movements are so fluid and elegant that it seems like everyone should be able to perform them. But just like dance, the trick with classical guitar performance is to make it look easy. It requires an intimate familiarity with the instrument, plenty of practice and a constant search for new and more interesting ways to play.