Classical Guitar Technique

Good technique allows us to express our musical ideas.

The key to developing a good technique is to study the right techniques in the right order. In this way you will lay a solid foundation that allows you to progress at a steady pace.

On this page you will find a variety of technique lessons to get you started. However, if you want to establish a good technique right from the start, you should consider joining the CGC Academy.

Simon's 5-Minute Guitar Warmup
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5 Minute Warm-up Routine

Video Lesson and PDF Download
This is my very own warm-up routine that I use before practice and performing. I have provided a full video walkthrough and demonstration along with the download.

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The Segovia Scales: A Practical Guide
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The Segovia Scales

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This article offers a practical guide to the Segovia scales. Andrés Segovia blazed many trails for the modern classical guitarist, and one of them was a systematized approach to scale practice. We may take his scale set for granted today, but when he compiled and fingered his collection of scales, the young Segovia was demonstrating his visionary approach to the instrument along with an innovative courage that elevated our instrument to the concert stage.

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Classical Guitar Scales (5 Levels)
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Daily Scales for Classical Guitar

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5 sets of scales ,in progressive difficulty ,that you can use to enhance your next practice session.

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Left Hand Exercises for Classical Guitar

Video Lessons
The left-hand needs to develop dexterity, accuracy, flexibility, and strength to play our repertoire. Here are several exercises to help develop your left hand.

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Transform Your Playing at the CGC Academy

If you struggle with frustration, overwhelm, and a lack of focus the CGC Academy can help you transform your musical experience.

With world-class curriculum that is progressive and structured you will find a learning pathway that has everything laid out for you. All materials are provided and you will have access at all hours so that you can practice when it suits your schedule.

Study with dedicated teachers who have worked with thousands of students just like you from all over the world.

And, you will not be alone in your journey. Inside the Academy you will find a supportive community of musicians that are working to develop their playing and musical expression.

Hear What the Members Are Saying

The lessons are organized in a concise and easy-to-follow way, so I don’t feel overwhelmed by the information. The teachers are incredibly knowledgeable and patient, so I always feel supported and encouraged. The community is supportive and friendly, so I’m always motivated to keep learning. I’m learning a lot and having a blast! I’m already playing my favorite classical pieces and I can’t wait to continue learning.

Erica G.

CGCA Member (4 Years)

If you are someone with limited and unpredictable “me time”, CGC’s combination of well structured curriculum, “always on” availability, and skilled, enthusiastic, personable instructors provides an ideal stairway to classical guitar heaven.

Mark C.

CGCA Member (5 years)

Several years of using self-help method books, online tutorials and video exchange programs had left me frustrated with what always seemed a piecemeal approach to advancing my guitar studies.  When I discovered the CGC Academy with its expertly structured, grades 1-8 curriculum, a highly responsive and dedicated staff, and a global community of fellow students eager to share the journey, I knew I’d found a new home.  Seven years on and I could not be happier with my decision – coaching calls, performance seminars, member challenges, open mics, summer school, feedback from fellow students and instructors – all have served to take my playing to a level I never thought possible.


CGCA Member (7 Years)

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