Classical Guitar – A Practical Guide Vol. 1
by Craig W. Smith (www.lifein12keys.com)
An introduction to the history, techniques, and music of the classical guitar.
(129 pages TAB + Standard Notation)
The music of J.S. Bach, Fernando Sor, Ferdinand Carulli, Matteo Carcassi, Dionisio Aguado and more…
- 25 Etudes with accompanying lessons.
- A Daily Practice Routine for both hands.
- Classical Guitar Primer for beginners to advanced guitarists.
- Guiliani’s 120 Right Hand Studies complete.
- Detailed analysis of classical guitar music including art, history, composer bios and more.
- mp3 Audio Files.
- Guitar Pro 7.5 Files with audio.
- Full color, high resolution .PDF compatible with any computer, smart phone or tablet.
I’m so proud of this book. I hope that you enjoy it as much as I have writing it!
If you’re in the U.S., you can get the paperback from Amazon.com. International customers will soon be able to get it. Check back for updates.. Here are some pics of the first copies:
About This Book
What I’ve tried to do with this book is simple; write the book that I wanted when I was starting out playing the classical guitar.
This not a graded book, however, the 25 pieces are in a deliberate order. Each piece should, for the most part, prepare the student for later pieces, and ideally other repertoire outside of this book.
I’ve included most of the heavyweights for you to sample including Sor, Carcassi, Aguado, Tarrega, Bach, Sagreras, and Carulli. In this author’s opinion, these are the founding fathers of guitar music and worthy of your time and study. I’ve also taken great care to select pieces which I think are sim- ply, beautiful.
I’ve also included a few etudes of my own, including a tremolo piece and an arpeggio study. I’ve added my own compositions because I felt I could fill in a few gaps covering certain techniques that I was unable to find in the classic works that exist in the repertoire.
I’ve taken the liberty of adding some fun and informative history about the composers and music within. I hope you’ll indulge me in this endeavor, as it was a ton of fun doing the research!
I encourage you to expand your study beyond this book. If J.S. Bach really inspires you, I hope that you will seek out more of his vast repertoire. Chances are, you’ll find some gems out there on the internet or in other publications.
The Book Layout
This book is split into four sections. The first section, ‘The Classical Guitar Primer’, was written specifically for beginning guitarists and even those advanced players who are new to classical guitar music, terminology, and techniques.
The second section is a detailed warm-up practice routine that can be done daily.
The third section contains the 25 brief lessons and accompanying etudes. The 25 etudes include beginner, intermediate, and advanced pieces. I could probably find a myriad of various opinions that all of the pieces could be considered either beginner or advanced. I’ll leave that for you to decide.
In my own studies, I’ve found some beginner pieces difficult and some advanced pieces easier due to my own technical strengths or limitations. I know that I’m not alone.
In the last Appendix section, I’ve included the ‘120 Right Hand Studies’ by Mauro Guiliani which you can add or integrate into your practice routine.
Each lesson that precedes the etudes follow a general guideline:
- A short composer bio and history.
- My thoughts on the piece.
- Any special chords, scales, arpeggios, or techniques needed to play the etude.
- Key Signatures, time, tempo, and other notes.
- Practice tips.
- Explanation of new musical terms or notation markings as they arise.
Craig Smith is a professional Guitarist, Teacher, and Writer living in Sanford, Florida. Craig has taught guitar lessons, performed 200+ gigs per year for nearly 30 years, and published 4 guitar instructional books. When he’s not gigging or writing, you may find him by the pool with his wife Celeste, 4 Chihuahuas, and a drink. 🎸