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Study No.7, Op.60 by Fernando Sor

This is Classical Guitar - Mon, 09/20/2021 - 13:48

Performance and Lesson for Study No.7 in C Major, Op.60 by Fernando Sor (1778–1839). This is from my PDF or hardcopy sheet music or tab edition for classical guitar: 25 Progressive Studies, Op.60 by Fernando Sor.

Fernando Sor’s Op.60 is one of the most famous of all etude collections in the classical guitar repertoire. Each study covers a different pedagogical concept but the primary goal of the collection as a whole is the ability to play legato across various textures.

I would place this study around the grade 3 or 4 level depending on your tempo. Here’s the YouTube Link for this lesson in case you want to watch it there.

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Lesson: When is it okay to repeat right hand fingers?

This is Classical Guitar - Fri, 09/17/2021 - 15:22

When is it okay to repeat fingers in the right hand on classical guitar? Plus some context about learning to alternate your fingers and my thoughts as a teacher. Short answer, if you choose to repeat fingers for a specific musical reason it’s probably fine but if you are repeating fingers accidentally you should examine the reason why. Here’s the YouTube lesson link if you want to watch it there.

Need right hand practice and good habits? Check out the 100 exercises from my technique book. All the individual lessons are also listed below the description on the book page. After those exercises you can proceed to Giuliani’s 120 Right Hand Studies, also in my book: Classical Guitar Technique: Essential Exercises, Scales, & Arpeggios

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Study No.6, Op.60 by Fernando Sor

This is Classical Guitar - Thu, 09/16/2021 - 11:15

Performance and Lesson for Study No.6 in C Major, Op.60 by Fernando Sor (1778–1839). This is from my PDF or hardcopy sheet music or tab edition for classical guitar: 25 Progressive Studies, Op.60 by Fernando Sor.

Fernando Sor’s Op.60 is one of the most famous of all etude collections in the classical guitar repertoire. Each study covers a different pedagogical concept but the primary goal of the collection as a whole is the ability to play legato across various textures.

I would place this study around the grade 4 level if you are muting the basses, otherwise grade 3 without. Here’s the YouTube Link for this lesson in case you want to watch it there.

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Emma Rush plays Air Varié de Vive Henri IV by Julia Piston

This is Classical Guitar - Thu, 09/16/2021 - 10:58

Canadian guitarist Emma Rush plays Air Varié de Vive Henri IV by Julia Piston (ca.1800-1842). This comes via her excellent YouTube channel and this piece is available on her excellent album Wake the Sigh that I reviewed. This is one of the works from her album that I thought was particularly good and overlooked in terms of the traditional repertoire and I’d love to make an edition of it. Wonderful playing by Rush on a period instrument Stauffer replica by Canadian luthier Miodrag Žerdoner. Make sure to subscribe to her channel and check out the album.

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Study No.5, Op.60 by Fernando Sor

This is Classical Guitar - Wed, 09/15/2021 - 12:37

Performance and Lesson for Study No.5 in A Minor, Op.60 by Fernando Sor (1778–1839). This is from my PDF or hardcopy sheet music or tab edition for classical guitar: 25 Progressive Studies, Op.60 by Fernando Sor.

Fernando Sor’s Op.60 is one of the most famous of all etude collections in the classical guitar repertoire. Each study covers a different pedagogical concept but the primary goal of the collection as a whole is the ability to play legato across various textures.

I would place this study around the grade 3 level. Here’s the YouTube Link for this lesson in case you want to watch it there.

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David Russell Plays Prelude, Fugue, and Allegro BWV998 by Bach

This is Classical Guitar - Mon, 09/13/2021 - 17:54

David Russell performs Prelude, Fugue, and Allegro BWV 998 by Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750) recorded in Monforte de Lemos in Northwestern Spain. This comes via the Omni Foundation and their Youtube channel via the Omni On-Location series, Concerts from Historic Sites. Love the introduction to the location and, of course, the wonderful playing by Russell. You can also see his recording of BWV 996 here and BWV 997 here.

They also did a great interview with the great David Tanenbaum which is super informative and full of interpretation ideas.

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Study No.4, Op.60 by Fernando Sor

This is Classical Guitar - Sun, 09/12/2021 - 22:14

Performance and Lesson for Study No.4 in C Minor, Op.60 by Fernando Sor (1778–1839). This is from my PDF or hardcopy sheet music or tab edition for classical guitar: 25 Progressive Studies, Op.60 by Fernando Sor.

Fernando Sor’s Op.60 is one of the most famous of all etude collections in the classical guitar repertoire. Each study covers a different pedagogical concept but the primary goal of the collection as a whole is the ability to play legato across various textures.

I would place this study around the grade 2 level. Here’s the YouTube Link for this lesson in case you want to watch it there.

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Study No.3, Op.60 by Fernando Sor

This is Classical Guitar - Sun, 09/12/2021 - 18:05

Performance and Lesson for Study No.3 in C Major, Op.60 by Fernando Sor (1778–1839). This is from my PDF or hardcopy sheet music or tab edition for classical guitar: 25 Progressive Studies, Op.60 by Fernando Sor.

Fernando Sor’s Op.60 is one of the most famous of all etude collections in the classical guitar repertoire. Each study covers a different pedagogical concept but the primary goal of the collection as a whole is the ability to play legato across various textures.

I would place this study around the grade 2 level. Here’s the YouTube Link for this lesson in case you want to watch it there.

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Study No.2, Op.60 by Fernando Sor

This is Classical Guitar - Sat, 09/11/2021 - 11:25

Performance and Lesson for Study No.2, Op.60 by Fernando Sor (1778–1839). This is from my PDF or hardcopy sheet music or tab edition for classical guitar: 25 Progressive Studies, Op.60 by Fernando Sor.

Fernando Sor’s Op.60 is one of the most famous of all etude collections in the classical guitar repertoire. Each study covers a different pedagogical concept but the primary goal of the collection as a whole is the ability to play legato across various textures.

I would place this study around the grade 1 level. Here’s the YouTube Link for this lesson in case you want to watch it there.

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Study No.1, Op.60 by Fernando Sor

This is Classical Guitar - Fri, 09/10/2021 - 10:45

Performance and Lesson for Study No.1, Op.60 by Fernando Sor (1778–1839). This is from my PDF or hardcopy sheet music or tab edition for classical guitar: 25 Progressive Studies, Op.60 by Fernando Sor.

Fernando Sor’s Op.60 is one of the most famous of all etude collections in the classical guitar repertoire. Each study covers a different pedagogical concept but the primary goal of the collection as a whole is the ability to play legato across various textures.

Here’s the YouTube Link for this lesson in case you want to watch it there.

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Introduction to Fernando Sor’s 25 Progressive Studies, Op.60

This is Classical Guitar - Thu, 09/09/2021 - 18:12

Introduction and Orientation to 25 Progressive Studies, Op.60 by Fernando Sor (1778–1839). This is from my PDF or hardcopy sheet music or tab edition: 25 Progressive Studies, Op.60 by Fernando Sor.

Fernando Sor’s Op.60 is one of the most famous of all etude collections in the classical guitar repertoire. Each study covers a different pedagogical concept but the primary goal of the collection as a whole is the ability to play legato across various textures.

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25 Progressive Studies, Op.60 by Fernando Sor

This is Classical Guitar - Thu, 09/09/2021 - 18:01

25 Progressive Studies, Op.60 by Fernando Sor (1778–1839) – Original Title: Introduction à l’étude de la guitare. PDF Sheet Music or Tab for Classical Guitar. Comes with both a notation-only edition and a tab edition. Left hand fingering. Early to Late-Intermediate (Grades 1-7). This is a PDF download.

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Fernando Sor’s Op.60 is one of the most famous of all etude collections in the classical guitar repertoire. Each study covers a different pedagogical concept but the primary goal of the collection as a whole is the ability to play legato across various textures. I have kept Sor’s left hand fingering concepts but updated and modernized some to maximize legato phrasing. There is no right hand fingering in the original and therefore has been omitted here for a clean and flexible score. However, a thorough technique routine of scales and arpeggios should be more than enough to accomplish these studies. Some right hand concepts are explored in the video lessons.

Video Performances and Lessons

All videos estimated to be completed in 2021. Stay tuned.

  • Introduction and Edition Info for Sor’s Op.60
  • Study No.1, Op.60, Grade 1
  • Study No.2, Op.60
  • Study No.3, Op.60
  • Study No.4, Op.60
  • Study No.5, Op.60
  • Study No.6, Op.60
  • Study No.7, Op.60
  • Study No.8, Op.60
  • Study No.9, Op.60
  • Study No.10, Op.60
  • Study No.11, Op.60
  • Study No.12, Op.60
  • Study No.13, Op.60
  • Study No.14, Op.60
  • Study No.15, Op.60
  • Study No.16, Op.60
  • Study No.17, Op.60
  • Study No.18, Op.60
  • Study No.19, Op.60
  • Study No.20, Op.60
  • Study No.21, Op.60
  • Study No.22, Op.60
  • Study No.23, Op.60
  • Study No.24, Op.60
  • Study No.25, Op.60
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Rene Izquierdo plays Canción y Danza by Antonio Ruiz-Pipó

This is Classical Guitar - Thu, 09/09/2021 - 12:29

Rene Izquierdo plays Canción y Danza by Antonio Ruiz Pipó (1934-1997). This comes via Izquierdo’s great YouTube channel. Here he’s playing an Altamira Double Top at Tanner Monagle Studios with post-production by Drew Henderson. Amazing playing by Izquierdo with a beautifully lyrical song followed by a brilliant dance with tight rhythms and articulations. Here’s his description on YouTube:

Virtuoso pianist and composer Antonio Ruiz Pipó was born in Granada, Spain. In his youth he played the guitar a little and this provided him with a working knowledge of the instrument, for which he wrote numerous works. His music is consistently tonal, his treatment and harmonization of his thematic material is sophisticated, and he revels in sharp contrasts of mood and color. This composition was his main legacy for the guitar.

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Tariq Harb Plays Legnani Caprices

This is Classical Guitar - Mon, 09/06/2021 - 12:04

Tariq Harb performs the 36 Caprices Op. 20 by Luigi Legnani (1790–1877). This comes via Harb’s fantastic YouTube Channel. I wrote him saying that he was freaking me out with how fast and well he’s presenting these works. He mentioned that he might be making educational lessons for them and putting out an edition so we can all look forward to that in the future. The 36 caprices for guitar may have been inspired by Paganini’s Twenty-four Caprices for violin, Op. 1. All the major and minor keys are present in his caprices making them an important collection for the guitar which rarely ventures outside of the regular keys. Bonus points for the Douglass Scott guitar!

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Ensemble 400 – Medieval Music Concert

This is Classical Guitar - Sun, 09/05/2021 - 13:56

Ensemble 400 perform a concert in Milan of vocal and instrumental music between the 14th and 15th centuries: man, nature, time, cosmos and the music of the spheres. Ensemble 400: Marcello Serafini, Giuliano Lucini (lute), Maria Notarianni, with vocal work by Vera Marenco and Alberto Longhi.

Beautiful performances with a variety of works and range of styles. Love the plectrum and quill playing by Lucini. Repertoire info in the videos. This comes via Edoardo Lambertenghi’s Youtube for Part I and Part II.

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No.10, 10 Petites Pièces, Op.11 by Carcassi

This is Classical Guitar - Sat, 09/04/2021 - 15:22

Thema con Variazioni (Theme and Variations), No.10, from 10 Petites Pièces, Op.11 by Matteo Carcassi (1796–1853) for Classical Guitar. This is from my PDF sheet music or tab edition: 10 Petites Pieces, Op.11 by Carcassi.

The video includes a performance. The level is for this one is around the grade 5-6 but it’s all fairly manageable if your basic intermediate technique is under control. Here’s the YouTube lesson link in case you want to watch it there.

These are charming examples of the classical style at around the intermediate level. They present an excellent variety of musical textures and some beautiful melodic moments. There are not many works at this level that have some significant length to the compositions so I was very happy to find Carcassi’s Op.11 works. 

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Brandon Acker & Nicholas Phan: A Recital of English Baroque Songs

This is Classical Guitar - Wed, 09/01/2021 - 13:18

Nicholas Phan (tenor) and Brandon Acker (theorbo) give a recital of English Baroque songs. This comes via Acker’s fantastic YouTube channel. If you want to support the recital or see more of Acker’s materials check out the various links in the description of his video. Beautiful playing and singing with some charming repertoire. Acker has a very active channel and lots of great vids if you haven’t already subscribed. Songs:

  • Love’s Constancy by Nicholas Lanier (1588-1666)
  • If Music be the Food of Love by Henry Purcell (c. 1659 – 1695)
  • Have you seen the bright lily grow? by Robert Johnson (c.1583–1633) 
  • Give me my lute by Robert Banister (c.1630/3-1679)
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2021 International Concert Artist Competition Finalists!

Guitar Foundation News - Mon, 08/30/2021 - 15:21

We had the honor of sharing videos from a very talented group of semifinalists from all over the world.  These competitors stuck it out through all kinds of changes and technology firsts, and brought their highest level of artistry to us via the GFA YouTube channel.  Our jury had the difficult job of choosing our finalists from this group.  We send a big thank you to Denis Azabagic, Jeremy Jouve, Gaelle Solal, Meng Su and Fabio Zanon for their work throughout the preliminary and semifinal rounds.  The jury has selected the following 4 competitors to advance to the finals:

  • Bokyung Byun, Korea
  • Xu Kun (Alan) Liu, Canada
  • Lovro Pereti?, Croatia
  • Marko Topchii, Ukraine


Congratulations to our finalists!  The finals will be held this fall, date and location TBD, as we work through possibilities for a live finals given Covid restrictions of the moment.  We look forward to continue sharing the music of these fabulous young performers with you in the near future- stay tuned for more information!

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100 Open String Exercises for the Right Hand on Classical Guitar

This is Classical Guitar - Mon, 08/30/2021 - 12:07

My 100 open string exercises for the right hand are for the development of your technique and muscle memory but also the solidification of good right hand fingering choices in your repertoire. I reference these exercises in many of my videos.

Below is an overview followed by lessons for 100 exercises from my technique book. All the individual lessons are also listed below the description on the book page. After these exercises you can proceed to Giuliani’s 120 Right Hand Studies, also in my book: Classical Guitar Technique: Essential Exercises, Scales, & Arpeggios

Overview on Practicing Open String Exercises

The right hand is often neglected in practice and this video addresses that issue. The main point is to have the right hand so organized that it can function on autopilot.

Overview of Fingering Choices

Below is an overview lesson covering concepts and ideas related to choosing right hand fingering. The biggest takeaway: practice technique patterns that you can apply to your repertoire. The basic idea is that 90% of fingering should conform to regular patterns in your technique practice and the other 10% might need specific practice. That means, most of the time we just play through scale and arpeggio work regardless of awkward string crossings and other common patterns. The technique practice we’ve solidified allows us to simply play through most textures via our muscle memory without thinking too much about it. The remaining fingering gets worked out to avoid awkward string crossings and utilize ergonomic fingering and alternation.

Exercises 1-19

Below is Exercises 1-19 and then a closer look at Exercise 11.

Exercises 20-35

Below is a lesson on exercises No. 20-35 using p, i, m, a. You might think these exercises are easy but you need to ask yourself: Can I play basic exercises as well as a professional guitarist? Could my legato sound be better? Am I truly relaxed and accurate when I play?

Right Hand Planting

When you get to this point you’ll want to learn about planting in the right hand.

Exercises 36-71

This is a lesson on exercises and arpeggios No. 36-71 using p, i, m, a. These sets really focus on gaining control of each finger by using accents and also contraction and expansion of the right hand fingers across the strings.

Exercises 72-100

This is a lesson on exercises and arpeggios No. 72-100 from the 100 open string exercises using p, i, m, a. These sets really focus on two-part patterns, awkward string crossings, Combinations, Expansion exercises, reflex oriented speed movements and more.

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Judith Bunk Plays Andante, Op.39 by Coste

This is Classical Guitar - Sun, 08/29/2021 - 14:00

German guitarist Judith Bunk performs the Andante from Andante et menuet, Op.39 by Napoléon Coste (1805-1883) on a 2017 Bertrand Ligier classical guitar. This comes via Siccas Guitars and their great YouTube channel. Beautiful performance by Bunk with pristine phrasing and wonderful pacing throughout. I don’t heard Op.39 performed very often but it’s one of Coste’s better works and also includes a nice menuet.

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