Classical Guitar with Pamela Goldsmith

Genre and Style Guitar Course from Pamela Goldsmith

The origins of the classical guitar date back to the fifteenth century. The vihuela, lute, and baroque guitar are the early predecessors of the guitar. With its origins reaching deep into the past, the classical guitar repertoire spans over five hundred years worth of material. Pamela Goldsmith explains the techniques necessary to mastering this timeless art form.

37 Lessons

Complete course with step-by-step lessons and practice examples.


Course filmed with 6 cameras for the perfect angles.

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Pamela Goldsmith starts with the basics of classical guitar and moves on to teach some timeless pieces. She will cover proper technique, classical theory and other important concepts.


Introducing Pamela Goldsmith With Classical Guitar

Here we go JamPlay! A new instructor is joining the squad. Her name is Pamela Goldsmith, and she is here to teach us about classical guitar.

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Picking Technique

In lesson 2, Pamela provides more introductory information about playing classical guitar. You will learn about nail care and proper tone production.

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Lesson 3: Working in the Key of C (1st Position)

Pamela demonstrates how to get your fingers warmed up while working in the key of C. Using The "PIMA" technique, this lesson will help open doors to classical style playing. Enjoy!

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Working in C Major (2nd Position)

In lesson 4, Pamela continues from her last lesson by moving the C major scale to second position. She demonstrates a few new technical exercises in this position.

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More Picking Technique

Pamela is back in lesson 5 with more right hand technique. Here you will learn how to advance the "PIMA" technique and work through each finger as you transition from chord to chord.

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Learn Malaguena

Pamela Goldsmith once again grants us insight in our quest to learn classical style guitar. In this lesson she explains how to play the classic piece "Malaguena." Lesson topics include right hand patterns, tonality, and using a metronome.

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Learn Slurring Techniques

Pamela introduces proper slurring technique. Also known as hammer-ons and pull-offs, this lesson will take you on a knowledge bound adventure. You will learn some exercises that muscle memory and dexterity. Get ready for a work out!

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Applying Slur Technique to Your Playing

Need more information on how to perform slurs? In lesson 8, Pamela provides additional slur practice with an original study in the key of A minor.

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Matteo Carcassi Study in D

Pamela is back with a great lesson on a Matteo Carcassi study in the key of D. Here you will be able to apply the slurring techniques you have learned in previous lessons with an in depth look at Matteo Carcassi's study. This lesson is fun and hands on, so tune up and get ready to dive in!

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Etude Inspired by Leo Brouwer

Today, Pamela has the pleasure of teaching you an original etude inspired by Leo Brouwer. Here you will utilize all the techniques you have learned so far. In addition, you will walk away with a beautiful piece of music to add to your repertoire. Enjoy!

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Enhancing Your Overall Technique

In lesson 11, demonstrates how to play the C major scale in diatonic thirds. This lesson will hone your technique and overall knowledge of the fretboard.

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Fernando Sor

Pamela brings us Fernando Sor's "Andante." This is a short and sweet piece that reinforces the techniques that Pamela has demonstrated in previous lessons.

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Leo Brouwer Inspired Etude

Pamela brings a cap to her first 13 JamPlay lessons with another original etude inspired by the great Leo Brouwer. This is a short but sweet lesson in which you will mainly stay in 1st position but will again be tested on your technique.

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P, M, I Picking Techniques

Welcome to lesson 14 in the Classical Guitar Series! Here Pamela demonstrates some fingerpicking exercises that use fingers P, M, and I.

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P, I, M Easy Etude

Pamela demonstrates what she calls her "Easy Etude." This short piece utilizes the P, I, and M fingers.

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Dionisio Aguado Study

Pamela takes a look at a study written by Dionisio Aguado. It's in the key of A minor with a P, I, M, I pattern.

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Free Stroke & Rest Stroke

Pamela demonstrates the difference between free strokes and rest strokes.

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Chords with P, I, M, A

Pamela covers an exercise that uses the rest stroke technique within some simple arpeggio patterns.

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Francisco Tárrega - Lagrima

Pamela teaches "Lagrima" by composer Francisco Tárrega.

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E Major & Minor Scales

Pamela explains the theory and fretboard patterns pertaining to the E major and E minor scales. She also demonstrates Andrés Segovia's famous three octave scales.

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Slur Technique

Pamela takes an in depth look at some different slur techniques.

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Pamela works off of lesson 21 and demonstrates different ways to create ornaments within your playing. You can hang this one on a tree.

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Developing the Fret Hand

Welcome to Lesson 23 of Classical Guitar with Pamela Goldsmith! Here she demonstrates some exercises to develop your fretting hand for classical application.

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Spider Walks

Pamela introduces a new fret hand endurance building technique known as "Spider Walks."

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Fret Hand Stretching

To help continue with fret hand development, Pamela demonstrates an exercise that improves fret hand reach, finger independence, and flexibility.

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A Major Octave Scales

Pamela demonstrates 1, 2, and 3 octave patterns for the A major scale.

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Op. 44, No. 11

Pamela teaches Fernando Sor's Op. 44, No. 11.

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Aguado Study In A

Pamela presents this study by Aguado. It has a cheerful, circus-like sound and will be a great addition to your repertoire.

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Another Aguado Study

Pamela presents another fantastic Aguado study that utilizes all P, I, M, A picking fingers. Pamela also tells a little history about Aguado himself and his style of guitar playing.

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Fernando Sor's Andantino

This Fernando Sor piece features light, free flowing movement in 3/8 time. Pamela demonstrates the correct fingering and chord positioning.

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Simple Sextuplet Study in G

This study features a sextuplet arpeggio pattern. Expand and apply your current knowledge of classical guitar with this great lesson!

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6 String Barre Chords

Pamela dives into techniques that develop your fret hand for barre chords.

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5 String Barre Chords

Pamela continues to discuss barre chord techniques. This time around, she moves to the 5th string.

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Matteo Carcassi - Op. 60, No. 3

This beautiful Matteo Carcassi piece labeled "Andantino" is presented by Pamela. Op. 60, No. 3 is a great piece to work on to develop your dynamic control.

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Romance - Part 1

Pamela introduces the first part of a two part lesson on the classical song titled simply "Romance."

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Romance - Part 2

Pamela demonstrates the second part or B part to the classical piece titled "Romance." This lesson complete the piece as a whole and presents yet another opportunity to practice dynamics.

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Carcassi Slur Study in D

Pamela uses this Carcassi study to help demonstrate more slur techniques.

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  • Portland, Oregon
  • Playing since 1986
  • 38 lessons at JamPlay
"A native of New England, Pamela Goldsmith was first introduced to classical guitar by Joe Zuccala in Massachusetts. His inspiration and guidance prepared her for her future as a student and teacher. Since studying with Zuccala, Pamela has worked with Keith Crook at the University of Maine, Jeff Ashton and Bryan Johanson at Portland State University and Scott Kritzer in Portland Oregon. Pamela has performed in master classes and continues to perform solo concerts in the Northwest.

Pamela received her Master's Degree in Classical Guitar Performance from Portland State University and her Bachelor's Degree in classical guitar studies from the University of Maine in Orono. She has served as a graduate assistant teacher at Portland State University in downtown Portland, Oregon, and is an adjunct faculty member at Linfield College (McMinnville, OR) as well as a private guitar instructor. Pamela is passionate about the history and vitality of the pieces in her repertoire.

Reviews & Feedback 89/100 with 396 ratings

a bit hard to see fingers on left hand when playing notes and chords


Very nice!


All of the above, fun.


All of the above.


am interested in classical guitar.


classical fingerstyle guitar has always proven difficult for me. I have just completed the first lesson and Pamela has shown me that I just needed a good teacher to overcome my fear of this style. Thanks Pamela! Look forward to the rest of th


Explains the subject well and teaches at a good pace for me.


Good thoughts


not less than a great teacher thx


i find classical guitar .. wonderful to play and learn .. add in some percussive techniques .. and its fantastic ..


I just started this series (I'm on lesson 5), but I think it'll be just what I'm looking for. Pamela is easy to understand, presenting the material in an organized, methodical, and thorough manner. It's interesting enough to not get bored, ho


I like the four finger exercise.


i like the teacher now, i found out how to slow her down,haha


I may not be able to continue w/my new subscription due to the extremely long time needed to buffer. will call Jamplay tomorrow to see if there is a solution.

Dan Estrada

It would help to see the actual notation below the screen as instructor demonstrates a passage.


It,s nice having Pamela doing the live web cams in addition to these lessons


Just what I'm looking for, I play Acoustic Blues and Rock but my wife bought me a classical guitar for my birthday and I was looking for an introduction and this is perfect so far.


Lamento a minha dificuldade no Inglês. Mesmo assim, pela minha prática entendi alguma coisa. Obrigado.


Very impressive, the sound that Pamela portraits is clear and sweet. Very impressive. Great Fingering. congratulations.


Needs advanced classical guitar lessons


Thank you Pamela for making classical guitar interesting and easy to follow. I also appreciate the detail you go into. I have just started some face-to-face lessons with a great teacher but I find your lessons help supplement this because I c




Puts learner at ease..good content..good sense of humor


She is a great teacher!


She is so patient and thats nice


Thank you for your great tips.


Thanks for the teaching it helped me to understand the finger position better . Good explanation.


This is a great lesson. Pamela is an extremely talented instructor. I really like the intermediate level and the fact that she strongly encourages students to learn notes vs. tabs.

dakota blue

this lesson was very easy for me to grasp. well executed.


This makes it possible to play the part 2 thank you