An introduction to the fundamentals of classical guitar

Roxane Elfasci
(Image credit: Jean-Baptiste Millot)

The world of the guitar is not one: it is multiple. Each style, whether it is rock, jazz, flamenco or folk, has its own uses and its own playing modes, but also its own instrument (amplified or dry guitars, cutaway or non-cutaway, half-body or quarter-body), and its own types of strings (nylon, carbon, metal).

As such, it can seem daunting taking those first few steps into the world of classical guitar, especially if it’s a world that’s wholly unfamiliar. Questions relating to playing styles you’re currently unaccustomed to, or reservations you may have about what instruments are up to the task, are all barriers that prevent many from testing the genre out for themselves.

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