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I am curious why any beginning classical guitar curriculum would start on the 6th string. I assume that these beginning students are learning to read music as well. It seems to me that starting on that string would be harder than starting on the first string because of having to stretch the hand farther to get to it (though the thinnest string would cause more discomfort to the finger tips.) Also, it requires a lot of ledger-line reading when students are just starting out learning to read music. Wouldn't starting on a string that has notes on the staff be easier? What is the benefit of starting on the 6th string?

  • One reason may be that a lot of easier classical guitar pieces use the bottom and A strings as 'bass' notes in the accompanying part, usually open. Otherwise, I agree with you! – Tim Jan 2 at 13:14
  • @Tim, yes that is true about the bass notes (I am quite familiar with classical guitar music as I live with two classical guitarists), but even so...beginners are not going to just play bass lines, and it will take some time before they get to two or more voices. – Heather S. Jan 2 at 13:48
  • Are you asking as a potential teacher, or as a new student? If the latter, why not ask your teacher what the thinking is behind the development sequence? – Carl Witthoft Jan 2 at 13:49
  • @CarlWitthoft, my husband teaches classical guitar and starts kids on the first string, but other people on this site start their students on the 6th string, and I want to know why. I thought the answer would be helpful to many, not just me. – Heather S. Jan 2 at 13:52
  • Why do you think you have to stretch further to get to the 6th string than the 1st string? This puzzles me. Which rest position are you using? – Doktor Mayhem Jan 2 at 16:25

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