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.
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.
Ave Maria is a beautiful piece of music composed by Franz Schubert. Schubert originally composed the music as part of a collection of seven songs titled, “Ellens dritter Gesang” and is part of his Op. 52. Eventually words from the Roman Catholic prayer, Ave Maria, were added adopting using Schubert’s original melody.
Sakura is a popular folk song found in Japan. The translation means “Cherry Blossoms.” I’ve always loved this melody. The first time I heard it performed on the classical guitar was by John Williams who was playing an arrangement by Yuquijiro Yocoh. That is a very virtuosic arrangement (and beautiful arrangement). For this arrangement I wanted to arrange it for the late-beginner, early intermediate level student.
This is a fingerstyle / classical guitar arrangement of the beautiful theme composed by Francis Lai for the movie, Love Story. The theme was composed for the movie and then lyrics were added and it became a popular song, called Where Do I Begin?, in the early 1970s. The original singer was Andy Williams.
This theme comes from the music that the Russian composer, Pyotr IIyich Tchaikovsky, composed for the ballet, Swan Lake. This has always been one of my favorite pieces of music and a few years ago I finally decided to make an arrangement. I tried making this arrangement as easy as possible. You can find more guitar lessons at my guitar school found at my website.
Hallelujah by Leonard Cohen is a beautiful song. It’s a song I’ve always wanted to arrange for guitar and finally did that a couple of years ago. The song was originally released in 1984 but became more popular through recordings by John Cale and Jeff Buckley. It became even more popular from the movie Shrek.
Yesterday by the Beatles is a classic song originally recorded by Paul McCartney on vocals with acoustic guitar/strings in the background. The Beatles are one of my favorite bands and I plan on making more arrangements of their music.
In this guitar lesson I teach you the classic song, Somewhere Over the Rainbow, from the movie, Wizard of Oz. Not gonna lie, when I was a child, I was in love with Judy Garland.
This song, composed by Harold Arlen, contains a beautiful melody and is a good example of the AABA song form. Overall, I tried to make this arrangement as easy as possible so that the performer can really focus on making the melody sing.
This is my arrangement for guitar of the first movement from Beethoven’s sonata, Moonlight Sonata. This sonata is Piano Sonata No. 14 in C-sharp minor. For this arrangement I transposed it to the key of A minor to make it a little easier to play. The name, Moonlight, was coined by a critic after Beethoven’s death.