Hungarian Dance No. 5 comes from a set of 21 pieces that Brahms finished in 1879. Originally these were composed for piano duet. This particular piece was based on a piece by the Hungarian composer, Bela Keler.
The original was composed in G minor and I have transposed this arrangement to the key of A minor in an effort to make it as easy as possible to play.
Spanish Romance is a popular piece for classical/fingerstyle guitarists, and for good reason. It’s a beautiful melody. I have no idea who wrote this piece. Doing a little research online it seems that there are several people who have claimed to have written the song but it seems as if there is nothing definitive.
For this version, I change the bass line a bit in the E minor section. For the final repeat of the E minor section I had a note in two spots to add a little spice. 95% of this arrangement has not different compared to the way that most people play it.
In this guitar lesson I teach you the classic song, Somewhere Over the Rainbow, from the movie, Wizard of Oz. Not gonna lie, when I was a child, I was in love with Judy Garland.
This song, composed by Harold Arlen, contains a beautiful melody and is a good example of the AABA song form. Overall, I tried to make this arrangement as easy as possible so that the performer can really focus on making the melody sing.
Adelita was composed by the great Spanish composer/guitarist, Francisco Tarrega. Tarrega is my favorite guitar composer and this is one of my favorite pieces by him. I have been playing this for a loooooooong time and I never get tired of it.
Adelita is composed in the style of a Mazurka, which is a type of Polish dance in triple time. Generally the accents fall on the second or third beat. This makes sense for me because I have always felt that Tarrega was inspired by the Polish composer, Chopin.
The SpongBob SquarePants Theme song was composed by Mark Harrison, Blaise Smith, Steve Hillenburg and Derek Drymon. I have always loved this show and if I walk into a room and somebody is watching it, I will sit down and watch it. The show premiered in 1999 and ran for 13 seasons.
A Stream Without End is an etude I composed for the guitar that focuses on a right hand arpeggio (p, i, a) that repeats throughout the entire song. The piece was inspired by memories from childhood when we lived right next to a stream. I remember sitting there watching things float down the stream (like leaves). From my vantage point I couldn’t see the beginning of the stream nor the end of the stream.
This is an arrangement for classical/fingerstyle guitar of the Lux Aeterna from the movie, Requiem for a Dream. The movie came out in 2000 and it starred Ellen Burstyn, Jared Leto and Jennifer Connelly.
This is one of my favorite movie themes of all-time. Enjoy!
Handel’s Water Music consists of three orchestral suites he composed that was first played in 1717. For this arrangement I am using a theme from one of them. Handel was a contemporary of Bach. In fact, they were born in the same year. Unlike Bach, Handel, during his lifetime, was a very well-known and financially successful composer.
Here is my arrangement of the theme song from, SpongeBob SquarePants, for classical guitar. SpongeBob is one of my favorite cartoons and I will always sit down and watch anytime my kids are watching the show.
Recuerdos de la Alhambra by Francisco Tarrega is a beautiful piece of music that has been performed by the top guitarists from the last 100 years. The original uses the technique, tremolo, which can be a difficult technique to play. In this arrangement I have stripped away the tremolo in an effort to try and make it as easy as possible to play. I also tried to limit large stretches as well as limited my use of barre chords. Still not super easy to play but certainly easier than the original.