River Flows in You is a great piece for piano composed by the South Korean composer and pianist. This is one of those arrangements that I didn’t know if it would work on the guitar. It can sometimes be difficult to arrange piano music for the guitar.
A Beam of Light on a Yellow Flower is a piece I composed for my guitar school found at my website. I wanted to compose a piece where you would alternate between melody (played by the fingers) and a simple bass (played by the thumb).
In this guitar lesson I teach the famous song, Danny Boy. The melody comes from an old traditional Irish melody called, Londonderry Air. English words were later added in the early 20th century by Frederic Weatherly.
This arrangement comes from my first volume of easy arrangements. It’s a group of 30 hymns, folk, spirituals, and patriotic songs. I tried to make the arrangement as easy as possible while still keeping the integrity of the piece.
I recorded myself practicing Asturias (Leyenda) by Isaac Albéniz and I talk about how I practice this piece. I give practicing tips for how to overcome problems you might have with a piece that you are practicing.
Practicing is basically problem solving.
You have a problem: you can’t play something.
You then music figure out a solution.
The final step is to repeat it until it is easy for you to play.
This is a lovey piece by Fernando Sor and is perfect for the late-beginner/early intermediate guitar player.
Fernando Sor is a wonderful guitar composer. He lived from 1778-1839 and was considered a great classical guitar virtuoso. He was a Spanish composer who spent time in France, England, and Russia. He has composed works for beginner guitarists all the way up to concert pieces for the stage.
Fur Elise is one of Beethoven’s most popular and beloved pieces. It is used in music boxes, movies, commercials, etc. I have already made an “easy arrangement” of this theme but decided to make an even easier arrangement of it where everything is in the first position.
Here are a couple interesting factoids about this piece…
It was first published about 40 years after his death
This is an arrangement of the piece, Truman Sleeps, composed by Philip Glass that can be found in the movie, The Truman Show, starring Jim Carrey. I loved the movie and I have always loved this particular piece of music in the movie. Originally, it was composed for the piano.
For a long time I didn’t try arranging this piece because I figured it wouldn’t work. I tried it out in E minor a couple nights ago and was surprised that it worked! Philip Glass is one of my favorite composers and so it is nice to be able to play his music on the guitar.
J.S. Bach is one of my favorite composers and I have always loved this melody. It was composed in 1723 and comes from the cantata, Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben, BWV 147. I first heard this on guitar by the great classical guitarist, Christopher Parkening.
This arrangement can be found in my second volume of easy arrangements. I tried to keep the arrangement as easy as possible while still keeping the integrity of the work.
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.