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Classical Guitar Lessons

Lack of attention to such things as you practice marks your music as slipshod. You would not accept an instrument from a guitar maker who put the bridge in the wrong place or who forgot to remove excess glue from the joints. Neither should you accept slipshod music from your own hands. Attention to detail-good craftsmanship-is the key to avoid such carelessness.

Furthermore, practice without thinking about what you are doing can cause you to lose focus, building bad habits as your hands mindlessly wander over the guitar’s fingerboard. This practice can lead guitarists to develop repetitive stress injury, as they keep repeating the same poor technique over and over, many more times than is necessary, hoping to improve and failing at the task. What students of online classical guitar lessons really need is to think about what they are about to play and how they should play before they even place their hands in position to begin the piece.

Actually, good guitar practice planning starts before you even pick up the guitar. Some of the tiniest details, such as fingernail care, help guitarists make the most of their abilities.

In playing the classical guitar, the use of nails is optional. We do, however, strongly recommend using them in order to obtain the clear, round, and pure tone for which modern classical guitarists strive. Before practice, see to it that you keep your nails well-trimmed and your hands well-groomed, for your hands are your connection to your instrument. Your fingernails are one small part of the whole picture–but a part that can really make the notes that you play sound their best. It is never too early to begin learning to care for them. The optimum length of the nails (for a proper right-hand position) should range between one-sixteenth of an inch to one-eighth of an inch when seen from the palm side of the hand. The first step is to adjust the length of the nail to the desired level, using a nail buffer. The next step is to shape the nails using fine sandpaper (such as 3M-Tri-M-ite papers). Keep your nails trimmed properly, and hear the difference it makes!

Before you begin, try some guitar warm-up exercises so that your hands are stretched, supple, and warmed before you start playing the pieces in your repertoire. This one step alone can help you begin your practice with both your mind and your body focused on your music. Remember, treat your body as an athlete would, and you will achieve more in much less time.

You can improve your craftsmanship during practice sessions after your online classical guitar lessons by studying the finer points of good musicianship such as tone quality, tone color, articulation, damping unwanted notes, natural fingering, making left-hand connections, and hinge bars.

When you finish your practice session for the day, take the time to listen to pieces played by world-class musicians, both in your genre and in others. While listening to music, develop an ear that can discern subtle differences in tone quality, color, and pitch. Hearing these differences in other music will help you notice them in your own. Strict attention to these details is the never-ending task that will help you achieve a technique that will become second nature-nearly effortless-and thus get the most out of your online classical guitar lessons, and your musicianship.