Harmonics are a cool effect on the guitar and I try to incorporate them as much as I can in my originals and arrangements. This etude I composed includes natural and artificial harmonics. It also includes a technique that I call, harp harmonics. It gives the impression of a harp.
These are all techniques commonly called extended techniques. Extended techniques involve producing sound with an instrument in an unorthodox way.
Here is the guitar lesson for the arrangement I did of Mozart’s famous Rondo alla Turca. This is one of his most famous pieces and it always pops up in movies, commercials, etc. The piece is the third movement of his Piano Sonata No. 11.
It uses a rondo form which is a form with a second that repeats a lot. A common rondo form would be: ABACBA.
This guitar lesson covers an easy arrangement I made of the theme from the second movement from Ludwig van Beethoven’s, Sonata Pathetique. Beethoven is one of my favorite composers and this is one of my favorite piano sonatas. The theme comes from Piano Sonata No. 8 in C minor that he composed when he was 27 years old.
Smells Like Teen Spirit is one of my favorite songs from one of my favorite bands. I remember being blown away the first time I heard the song. I was lucky to be able to see them in concert. I saw them in Kalamazoo, Michigan in the fall of 1993.
This was a tough arrangement to make. How do you make a solo guitar arrangement of this piece? I decided to transpose the key to E minor from the original key of F minor. The melodic line is so beautiful with the ostinato bass–it creates a bunch of suspensions.
Chopin is one of my favorite composers and it is too bad he was never asked to write for the guitar. I love the melancholy nature of his Nocturnes, I love the passion and virtuosity in his Etudes. His first Ballade is one of my all-time favorite pieces, ever.
I first heard this piece played by Andres Segovia many moons ago. I began making this transcription a few years ago and forgot about it. Last fall I found it and decided to finish the transcription. The original key is A Major.
Twilight Turns To Night is an arpeggio study I composed last year for my guitar school. I wanted to limit myself to just a couple of different arpeggio patterns while still including a melodic line. This piece is intended for the late-beginner/intermediate guitar student.
I have always loved this piece. I first heard it in a music appreciation class in college with a countertenor (first time I had heard that) and a lute. John Dowland originally composed as an instrumental with the title, Lachrimae Pavane.
I’ve always loved Julian Bream’s version of this and if you haven’t heard it before I would recommend checking it out.
This guitar lesson is of the beautiful theme, composed by Francis Lai, for the movie Love Story. In the movie the theme appeared as an instrumental and then after the movie the theme was given words, by Carl Sigman, and was released in 1971 with Andy Williams singing under the title, “Where Do I Begin?”
Greensleeves is one of my favorite melodies all-time, ever. Beautiful tune. Nobody really knows who first composed it. It’s an English folk song that first appeared in the 1500s. Later on in the 1800s the melody was turned into a Christmas song called, What Child Is This?
I have tried to keep this arrangement as easy as possible. The arrangement consists of a melody and simple bass line.
The word, Malagueña, means a few different things. It refers to folk music from Venezuela, it also refers to a type of traditional flamenco music from Andalusian. I first came across this melody when I heard somebody perform Francisco Tarrega’s arrangement of the song.
I have made two arrangements of the Malaguena: an easy version and a hard version. This arrangement is the harder version. This arrangement contains harmonics, rasgueados, and tremolo. It’s a great melody and I have always loved playing it.