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Classical Guitar Resources

Classical Guitar Resources

On this page you will find required materials for lessons on classical guitar here at Promethean Studios and various other resources for the classical guitar as well. The resources on this page are specifically for the classical guitar, more generic resources (music stores, recording studios, etc) are listed here. At the time this information was entered, all links worked and products listed were available. For information purposes only; we won't post resources when we know there might be any sort of problem with a product, business, or person listed but please check out the reliability, appropriateness, and reputation of any resource you plan to use. If you have any additional questions, please ask your teacher or email us at

Please have these for your Lessons:

An classical guitar in fair condition (suggestions and details below). I can advise you on the suitability of specific instruments.

3 ring binder with loose-leaf paper and pockets for holding handouts. Yes, really. Bring it.

Pencil. Erasable, colored pencils are best. Bring it.

Manuscript paper (music paper, staff paper). Hover over the resources tab of Dallas Music Lessons, select Music and Tab paper and print 5 sheets of ‘medium music paper, treble clef only’, bring them to your lesson. Feel free to download any of the other types of music paper you want and your friends can, too. For assignments and written exercises. Bring it.

5 GB flash drive or larger. (suggestions and details below). Bring it.

Download Audacity (optional) – details below. Leave it home.

Metronome (suggestions and details below). Leave your metronome at home.

Christopher Parkening method, vol. 1, pub. Hal Leonard. Bring it.

Music: to be purchased as recommended. Bring it.

Tuning fork: (preferably E or a piano or keyboard). Suggestions and details below. Bring it.

More details and resources:

An classical guitar in fair condition. I can advise you on the suitability of specific instruments. Always get the best instrument you can reasonably afford.

Beginning classical guitar. $150 - $250.

Intermediate classical guitar $400 – 600. This intermediate guitar should have a solid wood top.

Top classical guitars: Cordoba, Taylor are long-term mass-produced favorites with classical players, but all top classical players use hand-made, boutique produced instruments made in Spain. A top Concert 1 grade classical will cost $5000-$15000.

Strings: high tension. Savarez Red or Aquila Alabastro Nylgut/Silverplate, Heavy, GALBS-H

Pencil. Musicians write with pencils because they make changes to their music and make frequent notations on the pages. Erasable, colored pencils are best.

5 GB flash drive (or larger). To record your lesson. Bring this to your lesson. When you begin each lesson, give your flash drive to your teacher and they'll record your lessons. Be sure and take the drive with you when you leave and listen to it in your computer the day of or the day after your lesson. This will give you a way to review the lesson and give me a way to send demonstrations of technique or songs home with you. If you'll review your lesson each week, you'll progress about 5 to 10% faster.

Audacity. Also, if you'd like to get a even more out of some of your own practices, go back to, this time actually click the Resources tab, go down to ‘recording and editing’ and download Audacity, a free computer-based recording program. It does many great things to help you practice; people even make professional albums with it. You can record yourself, record yourself playing with your song, or isolate sections of songs for practice. Many good things.

Metronome. Leave your metronome at home, but you need it to practice. Apps for iphone – Tempo Advance is the best - $4. For Android, Tempo - $2. Standalone metronomes: Planet Waves PW-MT-02 ($15), Korg MA-1 ($20-25). Use the metronome whenever possible. It will develop your sense of rhythm and counting; equally important, it will show you where you should be practicing. If you follow the beat from the metronome in songs and exercises, the areas where you don't do well will be revealed, and you'll know where to spend extra practice time. The metronome is your drummer.

Students who practice with metronomes will also progress about 5 to 10 percent faster.

Tuning fork: (preferably E or use a piano or keyboard). This is to learn to tune your guitar. Develop your ear and become a great musician. We discourage the use of electric tuners (unless you're playing on stage and can't hear your guitar), because it prevents musicians from developing their ear.

Harvard Brief Dictionary of Music. Recommended, but not required. Definitions for many useful musical terms are found here.

More classical guitar resources:

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