Founder and former chair of the guitar department at the Hartt School, University of Hartford Mr. Provost is currently Professor Emeritus at the school and is regarded as one of the Country’s leading guitar pedagogues. His students have won or been finalist in major guitar competitions including the GFA, MTNA, ASTA, and Alirio Diaz Competition.

His early studies were with Alexander Bellow of New York City and Oscar Ghiglia. In addition, he was selected to perform in the last of Andres Segovia’s summer master classes in Santiago de Compostella, Spain, as well as master classes given by Julian Bream, Oscar Ghiglia, and Rey de la Torre.

Mr. Provost made is solo debut at London’s Wigmore Hall in 1972. He has performed throughout the United States, Great Britain, and Germany. In addition, he has conducted numerous master classes and workshops as well as authoring three books on guitar technique (Professional Guitar Publications) along with The Art and Technique of Practice and The Art and Technique of Performance. (GSP Publications) In 1988 he became a member of the Goldspiel/Provost Duo, where he continued to perform and record with his partner, Alan Goldspiel until 2010. Mr. Provost records for GPD and Brioso Records. 

As a soloist he has performed throughout the United States, British Isle, Germany and at numerous festivals and workshops most notably the GFA and National Guitar Workshop.


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I have always had a strong committment to teaching as well as performance. I believe that the best teachers bring a combination of a strong pedagogical background as well as the many lessons learned about music through performance.

These Lessons are designed for classical guitar students who have been playing for several years and have developed sitting and hand positions. They are not meant for the beginning student.  

The Following lessons will help to devolop the foundation for establishing a solid scale and arpeggio technique. Additional information, techniques, scales, and studies can be found in my books: Classic Guitar Technique Vol.1, 2, & 3 available from GSP and Strings by Mail.  http://www.gspguitar.com http://www.stringsbymail.com

I maintain a small guitar studio for the serious classical guitar student. 

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Developing Awareness When Practicing (pdf)


Maximizing-Your-Practice (pdf)


Rethinking-Guitar-Pedagogy (pdf)



Publications available from GSP & Strings by Mail
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Classic Guitar Technique Volume 1 - Scale Source Book (Scale Technique & Studies)

Classic Guitar Technique Volume 2 - Basic Arpeggios & the Tremolo (Arpeggio Technique & Studies)

Classic Guitar Technique Volume 3 - Advanced Arpeggios (Advanced Arpeggio Technique & Excerpts)

Publications available from GSP

The Art and Technique of Practice 

The Art and Technique of Performance

Publications available from Professional Guitar Publications: 


First Lute Suite BWV 996           J.S. Bach $10.

Fourth Lute Suite BWV 10061    J.S. Bach  $10.

First Violin Sonata BWV 1001     J.S Bach  $10.

Third Cello Suite BWV 1009        J.S. Bach $10.

Chaconne                                   J.S. Bach $10.


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