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.
Song from a Secret Garden is a beautiful piece of music. The music is by Rolf Løvland. In this guitar tutorial I teach you the arrangement that I made. Because there is so much repetition in the melody I have tried to set the melody differently throughout the arrangement. I use harmonics, tremolo, put the melody in the lower register, and so on.
Dance of the Red Dragon is a piece I composed for a guitar student. I wanted to write a piece that was fairly easy to play and that used rasgueados. This piece was also designed to be played at different speeds depending on the students skill level.
What Wondrous Love Is This has a beautiful melody that works well on the guitar. This is an old hymn that was first published back in 1811.
An interesting nugget about this piece is that it is in the Dorian mode. The dorian mode can be built by first writing out a natural minor scale (ex. A, B, C, D, E, F, G) and then raising the 6th note. So a dorian scale on A would go A, B, C, D, E, F-sharp, G, A. This particular melody is in D dorian so the scale goes: D, E, F, G, A, B, C, D.
La Catedral is a great piece composed by Agustin Barrios Mangore. The last two movements were composed earlier in his life and then he added the first movement (the one in this teaching video) later in life. He reworked this piece throughout his life and you will find multiple versions of it. For more information about La Catedral I would recommend checking out: https://www.savarese.org/music/LaCatedral.html
Of the three movements, this one is my personal favorite and the reason I started learning the piece many moons ago.
Agustin Barrios was a guitar composer and composed a lot of really good pieces. He was born in Paraguay and was praised for his concerts as well as recordings. If you don’t know this composer I would highly recommend checking out his other pieces.
Amazing Grace is one of my favorite melodies of all-time. The words were written in 1772 by John Newton. It was common back then for words to be used with a variety of different melodies and it wasn’t until around 1847 that we first find a publication joining the words with the melody commonly used today called, New Britain.
This arrangement in this guitar lesson comes from my first volume of easy arrangements. As the title implies, I tried to make this as easy as possible to play while still keeping the integrity of the original tune.