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Classical Guitar Lessons
Online & Miami

An effective, step-by-step, teaching method designed to help you understand and play classical guitar beautifully and confidently.

My Teaching Goals

In my journey as a classical guitarist, I learned from method books, sheet music, video lessons, and both good and bad teachers. With a genre as complex as classical guitar, it was common for me to finish a learning session feeling excited yet, ironically, a bit frustrated and uncertain. 😵‍💫

 

There was so much to learn but never a clear and systematic way to learn it. No one ever showed me how to practice and I often ended up playing pieces only at a mediocre level. I was really excited about classical guitar, but I also felt stuck technically and often frustrated musically. So when I finally understood classical guitar well and started teaching, I promised myself that I would dedicate my lessons to explaining both what and how to practice. In this way, my students could avoid the same hurdles I went through.

My goal has since been to help my students understand and play classical guitar beautifully and confidently. With that in mind, I developed a systematic teaching method and a structured, yet flexible, curriculum that has proven to be tremendously effective for all levels and goals. This system has even helped my busiest students progress despite only being able to practice once a week -- during their lessons! 

What You Get With Your Lessons

My goal is to help you truly understand the classical guitar and improve efficiently. To make this possible I'll provide you with the following material during, and in addition to our lessons:​​

  • A customized practice plan that we'll updated in each lesson.

  • In-lesson, personal training/coaching to make sure practice is efficient and progress is significant.

  • Expert practice strategies so you know how to effectively correct errors, overcome challenges, build speed, develop musicality, improve memorization, etc.

  • Expert performance strategies to help you combat performance anxiety, improve your stage presence, connect with your audience, project your music, minimize tension, and communicate your expressive intention.

  • Video recordings of new material and breakdowns of challenge spots ("CSs").

  • PDFs and/or audio files of exercises, etudes, repertoire, harmony, and/or music theory.

  • An email summary of important lesson notes and new material.

  • Office Hours: I encourage you to email me if you have any questions about your lesson material before your next lesson. I do my best to answer usually between 12:00-1:00PM Eastern, Monday through Friday.

What You'll Learn

The Early Stages

In the early stages of classical guitar, you'll learn a quick, daily warm-up routine and fundamental technique exercises while developing your musicality, memorization, and practice strategies. We'll use music from classical composers like Carulli, Giuliani, Sor, Carcassi, Tárrega, and others. Eventually, you'll learn to play longer pieces and études for beginners like Andantino in G (Carulli), Waltz (Carulli), Españoleta (Sanz), Wals (Aguado), and others.

Intermediate

At an intermediate level, you'll continue developing your technique, expression, and musicality with the same composers above as well as several others. At this level, you'll explore more complex and musically rich pieces and études like Greensleeves (Anon.), El Vito (Azpiazu), Maria Luisa (Sagreras), Milonga (Cardoso), Lágrima (Tárrega), Vuelvo al Sur (Piazzolla), plus études by Brower, Sor, Carcassi, Carulli, Villa-Lobos, and others. 

Advanced

Once you're at an advanced level your focus will turn mostly to full concert pieces, advanced études, and more musical expression, although we'll certainly continue to improve technique and performance strategies. Some pieces you'll work on include El Choclo (Villoldo), Verano Porteño (Piazzolla), Adelita (Tárrega), Recuerdos del Alhambra (Tárrega), Asturias/Leyenda (Albéniz), and many others. 

Performance At All Levels

At all levels, you'll practice performing often. This is necessary to be able to play guitar well. But don't freak out!! Performances won't necessarily be live; most will be done on your recording device for yourself and in our lessons. That said, I strongly encourage live performances as well, which we can discuss and plan in the lessons.

Individual Lessons VS. Packages

INDIVIDUAL LESSONS

Best for busy students who want to schedule lessons as needed.

  • 30 Min = $60

  • 45 Min = $70

  • 60 Min = $80

  • 90 Min = $100

LESSON PACKAGES

Best for students who want to commit mostly to a weekly schedule.

  • 4-Lesson Packages
     ✔︎ $15 Discount
    • 30-min Lessons: $225

    • 45-min Lessons: $265

    • 60-min Lessons: $305
    • Must be completed within 6 weeks.

  • 8-Lesson Packages
     ✔︎ $40 Discount
    • 
    30-min Lessons: $440
     45-min Lessons: $520
     60-min Lessons: $600
    • Must be completed within 11 weeks.

  • 12+ Lesson Packages
     ✔︎ $75 Discount
    • 30-min Lessons: $645

     45-min Lessons: $765
     60-min Lessons: $885
    • Must be completed within 16 weeks.

Meet Your Instructor

Hi! I'm Diego Alonso

 

At this point in my career, I've taught over 23,000 individual lessons to students ranging from complete beginners to professional musicians. I've also given lecture-recitals and workshops in over 300 schools and universities in the U.S. and abroad, and have performed more times than I can remember. I am passionate about teaching and look forward to helping you create the most effective path toward your goals as a guitarist and musician.

Testimonials

Martin M. (M.A. Education,  B.A. Jazz Guitar)

"Diego is a fantastic teacher and guitarist. He is generous, patient, encouraging, and effective. Diego has the ability to simplify difficult techniques and break them down in simple terms. He has given me the keys to succeed in this beautiful art form & I wholeheartedly recommend him!"

Start Your Guitar Journey Today!

If you're as excited about classical guitar as I am and want to learn how to play well, this is your chance. Don't wait until you're not so busy to get started. In truth, we're always busy, so that time may never happen. Start now and guarantee your progress! 

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