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!
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.
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.
La donna è mobile comes from Giuseppe Verdi’s opera, Rigoletto which premiered in 1851. This particular song has been popular since it was released and is a showcase for the tenor in the opera.
Back then there were no TV’s, movies, Spotify’s, so if you wanted to watch a show you had to go see one live. Opera contained all of the elements people looked for like singing, dancing, costumes, elaborate stage sets, etc.
This theme comes from the second movement (allegretto) from the 7th symphony by Beethoven. He composed the 7th symphony between 1811-1812. Beethoven conducted the premiere in 1813 and the audience loved the piece so much they played the second movement as an encore. This theme is one of my favorites of his.