Westlake Music Academy provides lessons in classical guitar for ages 6 through adults. Classical guitar holds a wealth of possibilities, not only for the breadth of wonderful pieces spanning 5 centuries, but also for providing the guitarist with a comprehensive training that is applicable not only to classical, but to any other style possible on the instrument.
Beginners will learn:
effective seating position and right and left hand positioning;
right hand technique, training the positioning and movements of the thumb, then the index, middle and ring fingers for rest stroke and free stroke;
left hand technique, emphasizing proper positioning of arm, hand, and fingers, using minimal pressure for pressing strings;
easy and attractive pieces, very gradually advancing to pieces introducing new skills in a logical step-by-step progression; and
the basics of musical concepts like phrasing and dynamics.
Intermediate and advanced students will learn:
refinement of technique;
correcting any bad habits of technique that are holding the student back; this could be minor details or could be all-encompassing, depending on the student;
more advanced left hand positioning;
repertoire appropriate to the student’s level from intermediate to advanced, working on interpretation and expression within the context of these pieces; and
scale and arpeggio exercises.