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Hi, Ilibrary Allen cropped‘m Allen Mathews.  As a classical guitarist and teacher, I am constantly digging deeper into the process of learning classical guitar and ways to make that process smoother, quicker, and more personally satisfying.   This website is my way of sharing what I find.  I hope you find what you are looking for, and come back again and again.

–This site is organized by categories, which you can also find in the menu bar under “Archives“.

Also, you can create a free account in the Member’s Area, which allows you to get all the bonus content and downloads easily in one place.  Then you can login in the menu bar and have run of the place.


Here are a few recommendations to get you started:

Lessons in Classical Guitar Technique

Lessons in Classical Guitar Technique

Regardless of philosophies, theoretical understandings, or brilliant inspiration, if your fingers don’t move, the music won’t flow.  Guitar technique is part of the daily endeavor that is the classical guitar.  The main goal is to play beautifully, but to do that we need solid fundamentals and effective technique.

To get you started…..

If you’re truly interested in having beautiful sound and great technique, you may like to explore The Woodshed.


Full Lessons on Pieces of Music

Full Lessons on Pieces of Music

Remember Bob Ross, the painter on TV with the afro who showed step by step the process of creating a painting?  This was my inspiration for these lessons.  Here I take small pieces and go deep into the processes of learning, practicing, and making them beautiful.  From whatever level you currently play, you will gain insight from learning these pieces with me.  (complete PDF music packets are included).

For even deeper, note-by-note explorations of beautiful pieces, tour the Courses Page.  These are my very best teaching, and more in-depth than just about anything else you’ll find for the classical guitar.


Tips and Methods to Play Beautifully

Playing Beautifully

One of my greatest strokes of luck came when I met a retired concert pianist and started taking weekly coaching sessions with him.  After several years, I still see him every week.  He has opened me to long-standing traditions of musical phrasing and ways to practice and organize the music so that listeners can connect with it more easily.  These lessons are sprinkled throughout all the articles and lessons on CGS, but here are a targeted few:

To see these in practice (instead of just in theory), I suggest taking any of the repertoire courses.  You’ll also find many lessons in the category above, Full Lessons.


How to Practice for the Best Results

On Practicing

Of course most of our time studying guitar is spent actually practicing.  Over time, the quality of our daily interactions with the guitar are what shape us as players.  While we are “learning to play guitar” what we are actually doing is learning how to practice.

A few to get you rolling:

In The Woodshed, you’ll find over a hundred guided, play-along practice videos.  You’ll stay more focused and learn even more quickly.  Find out more about The Woodshed here.



Premium Offerings

In addition to all the free resources on CGS, you also have access to one-of-a-kind premium courses, and a complete educational program to guide every step of your guitar journey, called The Woodshed.  

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Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring – Bach

One of the best loved of all classical guitar arrangements.

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Play and Read Music in the Higher Positions

Learn to read music and identify notes on the entire neck.

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Better Technique, with “Segovia’s Favorite Scales”

Detailed explorations of this popular technical tool.

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pachelbel's canon

Pachelbel’s Canon in D

Great for beginners to intermediate players.

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How to Read Music for Guitar

A full course to get you started reading music

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Malagueña, by Ernesto Lecuona

One of the most fun and recognizable guitar songs in the world!

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Thanks so much for stopping by.  I hope you have a good time poking around.  If you ever have a question, or if you need anything, please drop me a line.  I’m here to help.

All the best,
Allen Mathews