This guitar lesson covers an easy arrangement I made of the theme from the second movement from Ludwig van Beethoven’s, Sonata Pathetique. Beethoven is one of my favorite composers and this is one of my favorite piano sonatas. The theme comes from Piano Sonata No. 8 in C minor that he composed when he was 27 years old.
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.
In this video I decided to record a practice session for a 1/2 hour. The first half is the first movement from Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata (Piano Sonata No. 14) and the second half is the Lacrimosa movement from the Requiem by Mozart.
Both are fairly new arrangements that I have made. The moonlight sonata arrangement was made back in the fall and the Lacrimosa was made over the Christmas break. These are two of my favorite pieces.
I decided to keep the good, bad and ugly in this practice video. I hope you enjoy watching and listening!
This lesson is on the first movement of the Moonlight Sonata by Ludwig van Beethoven. “Moonlight Sonata” refers to Sonata No. 14. The original key is c-sharp minor but for this arrangement, I transposed it to the key of A minor.
This movement is composed in a quasi Sonata form, which I explain in the tutorial. One of my favorite movies is Immortal Beloved, a movie about the life/love life of Beethoven. Probably my favorite scene from the movie is when he lays his head on the piano and plays this movement.
Für Elise is a beautiful piece for piano composed by Ludwig van Beethoven. This teaching lesson is of the main theme found in the piece for arranged for fingerstyle guitar. I’ve tried to make this arrangement as easy as possible while still maintaining the integrity of the song.
I have always loved this melody and Beethoven is one of my favorite composers. In fact, he was the first classical composer that I really got into when I began studying classical music back in college. I hope you enjoy this arrangement.
I just finished an arrangement of the beautiful first movement by Beethoven. Tough arrangement to make because on the piano you have two hands to work with and on the guitar you only have one hand that frets notes!
This is one if two arrangements I have made of the famous Ode to Joy melody found in the 9th Symphony by Beethoven. This is the harder of the two to play but, to me, it is more fun. You can see the full video at my guitar school on my website.
A Soup of Beethoven for Erhu and Guitar. Includes Für Elise, 5th Symphony, Sonata Pathétique, Violin Concerto, and the 9th Symphony. This has been a lot of fun collaborating with Onion. She lives in Hawaii and I live in Michigan. I would record my part and then send it to her. She would record her part and then send that back to me and I would then put the video together.
I am currently working on a piano trio piece, commissioned by the Trio Nuovo to be performed in April. The plan is to have this performed in an all-Beethoven concert so I am incorporating some of Beethoven’s themes and motives into the piece. You can download and listen to the score here:
Anyways…so far I have included Für Elise and the opening motive of Beethoven’s 5th Symphony. The plan is to have this piece begin in C minor and end in C major. Why, do you ask? Because that is what Beethoven does in his 5th Symphony!!
This is my second piano trio. Here is my first one….
Side note…it is Christmas time and all of my family is in town. It is always great to see my brother, sister, nephews, nieces, etc but it can get exhausting. Yesterday I played a game of football with them and halfway through realized that my 45-year-old self needs to chill or a torn ACL is in my future. I was trying to make moves I haven’t made in 45 years. Here is a pic of a few family members: