Here is a full guitar lesson on an easy arrangement I made of the famous song, Malaguena. It’s a passionate song that I always imagine two passionate lovers dancing to it when I play it.
I have always loved this song and decided to finally make an arrangement of it. The arrangement is in two parts. There is an opening section, which is then repeated at the end. There is also a slower, song-like middle section.
This guitar lesson is of an easy arrangement I made of Pachelbel’s Canon in D. I have made two arrangements of this over the years- this one, and a harder version. This is a popular song and I have played this so many times at weddings over the years.
Johann Pachelbel originally composed this for 3 violins and basso continuo. Most arrangements I hear aren’t an actual canon. Most are either passacaglia’s (repeated bass lines) or chaconne’s (repeated chord progressions). Somehow, Passacaglia in D doesn’t have the same ring to it! Haha.
This bourree, by J.S. Bach, comes from the lute suite in e minor. I have always loved this piece ever since I heard Julian Bream play it way back when I first started studying classical guitar.
This is a perfect example of counterpoint. You have a melody in the upper part and a melody in the lower part. Each one is distinctive but yet they blend together so well.
The opening phrase is so famous and you can hear its influence in popular and rock musics. For example, Jethro Tull released a version of the bouree back in 1969. There is a section of Dee, by Randy Roads were I hear the influence of this bourree. I remember listening to an interview with Jimmy Page where he was talking about the opening of Stairway to Heaven as a sort of, “poor man’s bouree.”
This lesson is on the first movement of the Moonlight Sonata by Ludwig van Beethoven. “Moonlight Sonata” refers to Sonata No. 14. The original key is c-sharp minor but for this arrangement, I transposed it to the key of A minor.
This movement is composed in a quasi Sonata form, which I explain in the tutorial. One of my favorite movies is Immortal Beloved, a movie about the life/love life of Beethoven. Probably my favorite scene from the movie is when he lays his head on the piano and plays this movement.
Für Elise is a beautiful piece for piano composed by Ludwig van Beethoven. This teaching lesson is of the main theme found in the piece for arranged for fingerstyle guitar. I’ve tried to make this arrangement as easy as possible while still maintaining the integrity of the song.
I have always loved this melody and Beethoven is one of my favorite composers. In fact, he was the first classical composer that I really got into when I began studying classical music back in college. I hope you enjoy this arrangement.
Spanish Romance, also called Romanza, is a classical guitar standard and one of the first pieces I learned when I started studying classical guitar. In fact, in my first student recital back in college, I played this song along with Lagrima and Adelita.
This is a great piece, especially the minor section, to learn for somebody who has already played guitar for awhile but is new to fingerstyle. The basic right hand pattern throughout doesn’t change that much.
Capricho árabe by Francisco Tárrega is one of my favorite classical guitar pieces. The meaning of name of this piece is, Arabic Caprice. A caprice is piece of music in a free form. Caprice’s also tend to be very lively, although for me, I hear more sadness in the piece.
Here is an arrangement for fingerstyle guitar of the popular classic, Autumn Leaves, originally composed by Joseph Kosma. This is a jazz standard that has been covered by so many people. My personal favorite versions would have to be Eric Clapton’s and Nat King Cole’s versions.
I remember growing up, my father used to play the Nat King Cole version of it. Love, love, love his version. I have played it in various jazz band settings since I was in college. I decided to make this recording after listening to Joe Pass’ brilliant rendition of the song.