Getting the Basics Right

This group of lessons is ideal for you if you can play already but want to go back to basics to build a better technique and learn more about music. 

or….

If you’re new to the guitar, you can’t wait to get started but you want to do things really thoroughly and systematically.

To get the most out of this course we recommend that you use a nylon strung guitar- but you will develop the skills to go on and explore any style of music on any type of guitar. We aim to help you develop the knowledge and skill to make your own musical choices.

Each lesson is around 10 minutes, slow paced and fairly gentle, but - you will also need to practise to get the most from the course.

Throughout Richard concentrates on building a greater awareness of posture and relaxation to help you safely build strength and agility. He recommends a standing position, if you are able, so you will need a good strap and locking strap buttons. If not you can sit in the conventional classical position.

This module will show you a good, simple and flexible technique. You’ll be introduced to written notation and will become familiar with chord symbols.guitar basics

Course curriculum

  • 1

    Lesson 1 - Lifting the Lid

    • Lesson 1 - Lifting the Lid. A guided tour of some of Richard's guitars looking at how they function.

    • Discussion Board

  • 2

    Lesson 2. Choosing a study instrument. Building a technique using nylon strings.

    • Lesson 2 Video

  • 3

    Lesson 3. Left hand, right hand. Simple exercises to build a strong technical foundation.

    • Lesson 3 Video

    • Images from the video

  • 4

    Lesson 4. Progressing with rest stroke and free stroke.

    • Lesson 4 downloads

    • Lesson 4 Video

  • 5

    Lesson 5. Melody and chords including some simple notation.

    • Lesson 5 Downloads

    • Lesson 5 Video

  • 6

    Lesson 6. Includes some musical geography, more chords and simple notated melodies.

    • Lesson 6 Video

    • AM Melody with Chords

  • 7

    Lesson 7

    • Lesson 7 Downloads - D and E Arpeggios

    • Lesson 7 Video

  • 8

    Lesson 8

    • Lesson 8 Downloads

    • Lesson 8 Video

  • 9

    Lesson 9

    • Lesson 9 Downloads

    • Lesson 9 Video

  • 10

    Lesson 10

    • Lesson 10 Downloads

    • Lesson 10 Video

Reviews

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Early days but...

RON MARSH

Very early days (Currently at lesson 4), but I'm enjoying starting from the bottom and having a direction. Having done my own thing for 50 years it's good to get back to a proper discipline and feel I'm cleaning up my act. I never thought I would ...

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Very early days (Currently at lesson 4), but I'm enjoying starting from the bottom and having a direction. Having done my own thing for 50 years it's good to get back to a proper discipline and feel I'm cleaning up my act. I never thought I would be 'going back to school' in this way. I have always felt very limited in what I can achieve and felt boxed in and unable to break out in a more creative way, but I'm hopeful that I can really move on. I like the (usual) casual but focussed approach and the constant reminders of the basics as it's easy to fall back into old habits. Sometimes takes a bit of finding my way around - but I'm an old fogey. Not sure what constitutes a 'Module'. As lessons are being added as we go along I wonder if they will continue on beyond 'lesson 10'?? (Still need to sort out a strap etc. as my old box is so old it never came with any facility for a strap and my arrangement is a bit makeshift. It'll be interesting to see the difference it makes when I get that sorted)!

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Getting back to basics!

Fred Gregg

Having had some time away from the guitar I am eager to get back to it. I find that this is just the tonic I need to get back and continue the proper way to learn, more determined than ever.

Having had some time away from the guitar I am eager to get back to it. I find that this is just the tonic I need to get back and continue the proper way to learn, more determined than ever.

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Back to Basics

Ian Moore

I have really enjoyed working through this course. I've screwed some strap buttons onto my guitar and found playing standing has helped avoid some aches and pains and improved my concentration. I now have some useful exercises to work on for bot...

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I have really enjoyed working through this course. I've screwed some strap buttons onto my guitar and found playing standing has helped avoid some aches and pains and improved my concentration. I now have some useful exercises to work on for both hands, and I appreciated the careful demonstration and brilliant examples of how they should be played.

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Excellent Lessons done 1 to 4

Simon Popek

Excellent lessons. Look forward to lesson five. Having studied classical guitar in the sixties these lessons have sparked up interest getting back on track again. Your first guitar is like my one its ok in a small room but lacks volume as y...

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Excellent lessons. Look forward to lesson five. Having studied classical guitar in the sixties these lessons have sparked up interest getting back on track again. Your first guitar is like my one its ok in a small room but lacks volume as you say ply wood sound board is the problem and mine has flat frets. The only problem it has no strap anchor points on the guitar body. Have to look in to this see if there is a way around it or up date to a reasonable guitar.

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Excellent Lessons done 1 to 4

Simon Popek

Excellent lessons. Look forward to lesson five. Having studied classical guitar in the sixties these lessons have sparked up interest getting back on track again. Your first guitar is like my one its ok in a small room but lacks volume as y...

Read More

Excellent lessons. Look forward to lesson five. Having studied classical guitar in the sixties these lessons have sparked up interest getting back on track again. Your first guitar is like my one its ok in a small room but lacks volume as you say ply wood sound board is the problem and mine has flat frets. The only problem it has no strap anchor points on the guitar body. Have to look in to this see if there is a way around it or up date to a reasonable guitar.

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