El Condor Pasa was composed by the Peruvian composer Daniel Alomia Robles in 1913. Simon and Garfunkel did an arrangement of this melody on their 1970 album, Bridge Over Troubled Water, which they called, El Condor Pasa (If I Could).
Fernando Sor was a great Spanish guitarist and composer who lived from 1778-1839. He composed a variety of music for the guitar ranging from beginner to concert-level pieces. This waltz is one of my favorite pieces of his to play.
Jingle Bells was composed by James Lord Pierpont in 1857 and was originally composed as a drinking song with no connection to Christmas. It was until 20 to 30 years later did it start to be sung as a Christmas song.
Here is my arrangement of Over the Rainbow, the famous song in the 1939 movie, The Wizard of Oz. The song was composed by Harold Arlen and Yip Harburg. Of course, it was sung by Dorothy (Judy Garland). I had a huge crush on Dorothy when I first saw this in elementary school!
The score/tab is available at Musicnotes (click on the picture)
This is my arrangement of “First Times” by Ed Sheeran. This comes from his most recent album, =. Beautiful song. Includes a full teaching video which includes TAB.
Score/tab is available at Musicnotes (Click on the Picture)
Silent Night is a beautiful Christmas song and one of my favorites. Silent Night was composed by Franz Gruber in 1818 for a Christmas Eve service. The organ was damaged because of a flood and so it was originally composed for voice with guitar accompaniment.
Tempest is a piece I composed last week aimed at the late-beginner level guitarist. It uses changing time signatures throughout that include 5/4, 4/4, and 3/4.
Score/tab is free at my website (Click on the picture)
Chopin is one of my favorite composers and this is one of my favorite pieces. I’ve always wanted to be able to play this piece on the guitar. I tried to make this arrangement as easy as possible. I transposed it to A minor to try and limit the number of bar chords and I cut out some of the ornaments.
Chopin composed this piece in 1830 and it wasn’t published until after his death in 1870. He composed it for his sister.
I hope you enjoy this teaching video. You can find other videos like this at my guitar school found at my website.
Matteo Carcassi was an Italian guitarist and composer who lived from 1796-1853. Carcassi composed many wonderful pieces for the beginner-intermediate and advanced guitarists. Here is a beautiful piece that tries to evoke the sounds of the rustic countryside.