Classical Guitar

Genre and Style Guitar Course from Danny Voris

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. Danny Voris explains the techniques necessary to mastering this timeless art form.

15 Lessons

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


Course filmed with 6 cameras for the perfect angles.

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Danny Voris begins this lesson set by explaining the basics of the classical guitar. He includes topics such as the origin of the guitar, installation of nylon strings, and shaping the fingernails. He progresses to cover all aspects of classical guitar technique. Along the way, Danny will teach important repertoire from the Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, Romantic, and Modern periods.


Overview of the Classical Guitar

Danny provides an overview of the topics that will be discussed in this lesson set. He also explains the origin of the classical guitar.

5:57 Runtime

0.5 Difficulty


Preparing to Play the Classical Guitar

In this lesson, Danny covers proper posture and how to hold the classical guitar. He also explains how to shape the nails in order to produce the best tone possible.

19:44 Runtime

0.5 Difficulty


Installing Nylon Strings

Danny demonstrates how to install nylon strings on a classical guitar.

12:58 Runtime

1.0 Difficulty


Left Hand Technique

Danny covers the basics of left hand techniques for classical guitar.

20:19 Runtime

0.5 Difficulty


Finger Independence

For lesson five, Danny discusses left hand finger independence. He also discusses hammer-on and pull-off technique.

17:06 Runtime

1.0 Difficulty


Right Hand Technique

In lesson 6, Danny discusses and demonstrates right hand technique for the classical style.

24:26 Runtime

1.5 Difficulty



Lesson 7 is all about arpeggios. Danny provides discussion and exercises designed to build your right hand skills.

8:43 Runtime

1.5 Difficulty

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The Importance of Scales

Lesson 8 covers scale exercises in the classical format. Danny provides a few patterns that focus on finger independence and position shifts.

6:26 Runtime

1.0 Difficulty


Renaissance Period

In lesson 9, Danny begins discussion of the five different musical periods of classical guitar music. He starts with the Renaissance.

40:19 Runtime

2.0 Difficulty


Robert Johnson's Alman

In lesson 10, Danny takes a more in depth look at a Robert Johnson's "Alman." This lesson contains a detailed explanation of fingering.

27:36 Runtime

2.5 Difficulty


Behind the Scenes with Danny Voris

Danny Voris discusses the major music periods and the advent of tonality.

7:19 Runtime

0.5 Difficulty


Baroque Period

Danny discusses and demonstrates a piece from the Baroque period.

22:17 Runtime

2.5 Difficulty


Classical Period

In lesson 13, Danny discusses the Classical period of music.

20:53 Runtime

2.5 Difficulty


Romantic Period

In lesson 14, Danny discusses the Romantic period of music. He demonstrates a famous piece from this period commonly referred to as "Romance."

21:11 Runtime

2.5 Difficulty


The 20th Century

In this lesson, Danny discusses the 20th century influence on classical guitar.

22:43 Runtime

2.5 Difficulty

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  • Beavercreek, OH
  • Playing since 1980
  • 19 lessons at JamPlay

A unique guitarist in the region, Wright State alumnus Danny Voris, musically fulfills audiences with a mixture of exciting guitar playing and talented compositional skills. After graduating WSU in 1989, Danny obtained a teaching position at Sinclair Community College. In the fall of 2000, Danny obtained a scholarship to the graduate program at The University of Akron. After graduating the University of Akron in 2002 with a Master’s degree in Classical Guitar Performance, Danny returned to Dayton. There he began teaching at Jim McCutcheon Music Studios and at The Miami Valley School in Kettering, Ohio.
Reviews & Feedback 91/100 with 159 ratings

An good excercice, diferent to the rest of the excercices online.

Danilo Nascimento

Nice exercise!


clear and slow and very good points


This is a hell of exercise, Great, ;your style of teaching is great.


Very cool piece


Especially need help with pull-offs, thank you!


Very informative and very clear explanations, Thanks!




Talked more thoroughly about origins of Classical Guitar, how to hold it correctly, etc. Thumbs up !


The bit about why a guitar tuned to 3rds is out of tune was very interesting. Explains why I think my guitars are always out of tune, when in fact I tuned them to perfect 3rds.


Would have liked to check each statement.