The biggest adjustment will be sitting and holding the guitar. The "classical" guitar is the Spanish guitar, it has twelve frets clear of the body and, in order for the hand to fall on the strings at the back of the soundhole, it is placed on the left leg, not on the hip. You would like a footstool or pile of books for your left foot, and you will not going to lean back in the chair, promise?
Try this, saharasand, a study by Sagreras. It is an "arpeggio", or "broken chords". You already play chords, the left hand should be easy.
The right hand is where the sound comes from and, in classical guitar, it is all about the sound. Once you are sitting well, the right hand will fall at the back of the soundhole, with the thumb out front and the fingers behind. You will notice that the index finger is shorter than the middle. If you make a line across the tips of these two fingers, this is the line where the fingers fall on the strings. Not perpendicular, but on the diagonal. This will keep the thumb from hitting the fingers. The fingers push across the strings and follow through. Do not "claw" the strings, the energy comes from placing the fingertip on the string and pushing as you cross the string. Push.
In this piece, place i & m when 'p' (thumb) plays. You will be performing the 'rests', those squiggly guys between the notes, by placing the fingers on the strings when 'p' plays. The object is to set the right hand shape, by placing i & m each time the thumb plays.
Scale playing is for playing melodies. You already play chords, this is something else. Scale playing is based on even alternation of the index and middle fingers, i-m-i-m-i-m-i-m-i-m-i-m-i-m-i-m. Can you say that? i-m-i-m-i-m-i-m-i-m-i-m-i-m-i-m? For the first three months, practice single note melodies, without the thumb. Play all rest-strokes (a free-stroke is just a rest-stroke that does not land on the next string, don't let anyone tell you they are different). The object of the first three months is to set the hand shape, and to learn the notes (just melodies, not thumb notes) while playing i-m rest-stokes, strict alternation - i-m-i-m-i-m-i-m-i-m-i-m-i-m-i-m. Can you say that? Good, I knew you could. Now, do what you said. You can use any book, just play your rest strokes, i-m-i-m.........
Just go slow. The simplest thing is the hardest thing. By rushing ahead, you hold yourself back.
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