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"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.

Pamela's Contributions to JamPlay.com

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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.

Lesson 1

Introducing Pamela Goldsmith...

Here we go JamPlay! A new instructor is joining the squad. Her name is Pamela Goldsmith,...

Length: 14:58
Lesson 2

Picking Technique

In lesson 2, Pamela provides more introductory information about playing classical guitar....

Length: 17:08
Lesson 3

Lesson 3: Working in...

Pamela demonstrates how to get your fingers warmed up while working in the key of C. Using...

Length: 11:18
Lesson 4

Working in C Major (2nd...

In lesson 4, Pamela continues from her last lesson by moving the C major scale to second...

Length: 14:01
Lesson 5

More Picking Technique

Pamela is back in lesson 5 with more right hand technique. Here you will learn how to...

Length: 9:38
Lesson 6

Learn Malaguena

Pamela Goldsmith once again grants us insight in our quest to learn classical style guitar....

Length: 13:28
Lesson 7

Learn Slurring Techniques

Pamela introduces proper slurring technique. Also known as hammer-ons and pull-offs, this...

Length: 12:31
Lesson 8

Applying Slur Technique...

Need more information on how to perform slurs? In lesson 8, Pamela provides additional...

Length: 12:25
Lesson 9

Matteo Carcassi Study...

Pamela is back with a great lesson on a Matteo Carcassi study in the key of D. Here you...

Length: 13:10
Lesson 10

Etude Inspired by Leo...

Today, Pamela has the pleasure of teaching you an original etude inspired by Leo Brouwer....

Length: 12:12
Lesson 11

Enhancing Your Overall...

In lesson 11, demonstrates how to play the C major scale in diatonic thirds. This lesson...

Length: 8:55
Lesson 12

Fernando Sor

Pamela brings us Fernando Sor's "Andante." This is a short and sweet piece that reinforces...

Length: 8:12
Lesson 13

Leo Brouwer Inspired...

Pamela brings a cap to her first 13 JamPlay lessons with another original etude inspired...

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Lesson 14

P, M, I Picking Techniques

Welcome to lesson 14 in the Classical Guitar Series! Here Pamela demonstrates some fingerpicking...

Length: 12:07
Lesson 15

P, I, M Easy Etude

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

Length: 17:28
Lesson 16

Dionisio Aguado Study

Pamela takes a look at a study written by Dionisio Aguado. It's in the key of A minor...

Length: 30:39
Lesson 17

Free Stroke & Rest Stroke

Pamela demonstrates the difference between free strokes and rest strokes.

Length: 11:29
Lesson 18

Chords with P, I, M,...

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

Length: 6:53
Lesson 19

Francisco Tárrega -...

Pamela teaches "Lagrima" by composer Francisco Tárrega.

Length: 28:32
Lesson 20

E Major & Minor Scales

Pamela explains the theory and fretboard patterns pertaining to the E major and E minor...

Length: 38:49
Lesson 21

Slur Technique

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

Length: 13:48
Lesson 22


Pamela works off of lesson 21 and demonstrates different ways to create ornaments within...

Length: 10:30
Lesson 23

Developing the Fret...

Welcome to Lesson 23 of Classical Guitar with Pamela Goldsmith! Here she demonstrates...

Length: 11:11
Lesson 24

Spider Walks

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

Length: 15:41
Lesson 25

Fret Hand Stretching

To help continue with fret hand development, Pamela demonstrates an exercise that improves...

Length: 11:21
Lesson 26

A Major Octave Scales

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

Length: 27:15
Lesson 27

Op. 44, No. 11

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

Length: 28:36
Lesson 28

Aguado Study In A

Pamela presents this study by Aguado. It has a cheerful, circus-like sound and will be...

Length: 17:51
Lesson 29

Another Aguado Study

Pamela presents another fantastic Aguado study that utilizes all P, I, M, A picking fingers....

Length: 23:53
Lesson 30

Fernando Sor's Andantino

This Fernando Sor piece features light, free flowing movement in 3/8 time. Pamela demonstrates...

Length: 12:07
Lesson 31

Simple Sextuplet Study...

This study features a sextuplet arpeggio pattern. Expand and apply your current knowledge...

Length: 21:09
Lesson 32

6 String Barre Chords

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

Length: 24:54
Lesson 33

5 String Barre Chords

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

Length: 18:38
Lesson 34

Matteo Carcassi - Op....

This beautiful Matteo Carcassi piece labeled "Andantino" is presented by Pamela. Op. 60,...

Length: 39:40
Lesson 35

Romance - Part 1

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

Length: 20:42
Lesson 36

Romance - Part 2

Pamela demonstrates the second part or B part to the classical piece titled "Romance."...

Length: 16:01
Lesson 37

Carcassi Slur Study...

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

Length: 18:51