Classical Guitar Lessons - Derek Hasted - Havant Hampshire

Personal tuition - Structured syllabus - Qualified & Experienced - Patient & Professional - Complete beginners welcome

What's "Classical" Guitar then?

There are several sorts of acoustic (ie non-electric) guitar. My speciality is Classical Guitar.

"Classical Guitar" isn't classical music - as you'll hear from my videos & MP3s - it's a way of playing guitar. Here's a short video where you can see what each hand does...



The Classical Guitar has plain and wire-coated nylon strings, instead of the steel strings of a Folk Guitar.
The sound is mellow and the strings are easy to press - you won't get sore fingers!

Playing technique

You sound the Classical Guitar with thumb & fingers rather than a pick - you can feel the strings and select just the ones you want, rather than having to finger them all.

Classical Technique gives you the skills to play to Fingerstyle Folk, Ragtime, Electric Bass and Spanish Guitar too!


If you can't read music, I'll teach you - it's surprisingly easy & logical, and I have tricks to help you learn!

Buying a guitar

If you don't have a suitable guitar, I can recommend proven models to suit all pockets.

Pieces you'll learn

I'll teach you accessible music that spans the ages and in a variety of styles from all around the world...
From mediaeval dances to modern day classics, from Japan, Spain, South America, Ireland and more.

I chose the piece in the video so that you can hear what you'll be playing soon if you join me as a complete beginner!

Classical Guitar Technique

Derek at the "Hemispheres" concert


More Soundclips

The Classical Guitar sounds great playing music from centuries ago, but it's equally at ease with modern music.
Hear some examples on my Videos & MP3s page.

The Hampshire Guitar Orchestra, which I direct, has repertoire from Handel to Elton John, from Dvorak to Katie Melua - see and hear us on our YouTube channel.