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Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring – Bach

One of the best loved of all classical guitar arrangements.

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Play and Read Music in the Higher Positions

Learn to read music and identify notes on the entire neck.

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Better Technique, with “Segovia’s Favorite Scales”

Detailed explorations of this popular technical tool.

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Pachelbel’s Canon in D

Great for beginners to intermediate players.

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How to Read Music for Guitar

A full course to get you started reading music

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Malagueña, by Ernesto Lecuona

One of the most fun and recognizable guitar songs in the world!

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Where should I start?

There are tons of lessons, tutorials, articles and resources on the Classical Guitar Shed site.  If you are just arriving, begin with the Start Here page.  You’ll discover how the site is organized, and find some good places to begin your exploration.

What is this site for?

With any luck, you’ll gain not only better facility on your guitar, but also grow as a musician and find new perspectives and deeper layers to the music you choose to play.  So much goes into beautifully played music.  CGS is here to help you on your musical journey.

What if I have other questions?

If you don’t immediately find what you are looking for, have some specific question, or have an issue you don’t really know how to search for, feel free to drop me a line anytime.  I respond personally to all emails containing questions.  If I can help in any way, I would be more than happy to.

Is this site for me?

CGS is for you if you are interested in classical guitar, and would like to explore resources to improve your technical skills, gain musical knowledge, and play more beautifully.  Whether you’re just beginning, or a lifetime player, CGS will have something you.  Age is not important, but love of process is.

What is Classical Guitar?

Classical guitar is a both a specific instrument (with nylon strings), and a style of playing that uses the right hand fingers, and focuses on composed music and refining your technique.  Classical guitar technique can be used beneficially with any type or style of guitar, but is easiest on nylon strings.

I play fingerstyle acoustic; Is this for me?

The word “classical” throws a lot of people off.  Learning classical guitar is all about making the hands move with power, grace and efficiency (in addition to playing composed music and all this entails).  If you want good hands, study “classical” technique (and read this).

 

 

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[Sheet Music] Erik Satie – Gymnopedie No. 1

Save to “My Favorites” You’ve found the free sheet music and TAB for Gymnopedie No. 1 by Erik Satie Click the button below for instant access to the free PDF guitar transcriptions. Click here to download and print your free sheet music. Want more free sheet music? Click here to browse the full list. Programs […]

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[Sheet Music] Ferdinando Carulli – Op. 211 No. 5

Save to “My Favorites” You’ve found the free sheet music and TAB for Air by G.F. Handel Click the button below for instant access to the free PDF guitar transcriptions. Click here to download and print your free sheet music. Want more free sheet music? Click here to browse the full list. Programs and Courses […]

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[Quote] Baltasar Gracian on short practice

Save to “My Favorites”   “How lovely it would be to practice all day, every day…” It’s easy to romanticize long hours of dedicated study. But most of us don’t have that sort of time. Or we don’t have the energy or mental bandwidth for marathon practices. If we believe we “should” be practicing more, […]

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[Sheet Music] Francisco Tarrega – Study No. 5

Save to “My Favorites” You’ve found the free sheet music and TAB for Study No. 5 by Francisco Tarrega Click the button below for instant access to the free PDF guitar transcriptions. Click here to download and print your free sheet music. Want more free sheet music? Click here to browse the full list. Programs […]

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Play Fernando Sor – Etude in B minor (opus 35 no.22)

Save to “My Favorites” Fernando Sor’s Etude in B minor is one of the great intermediate guitar pieces.  Its haunting melody,  creative chords and hypnotic picking patterns make it a joy to play and hear. This etude (study piece) uses bar chords, and moves up to the seventh fret.  Because of these, it’s likely best […]

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[Sheet Music] G.F. Handel – Air

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[Sheet Music] Francisco Tarrega – 12 Studies No. 6

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[Quote] Teresa Amabile on meaningful work

Save to “My Favorites” Master cellist Pablo Casals was no stranger to meaningful work: Yet even having attained such unquestionable mastery of his instrument, throughout his entire life Casals maintained a disciplined regimen of practicing for five or six hours every day. On the day he died, at the age of 96, he had already […]

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[Sheet Music] Matteo Carcassi – Op. 60 Etude No. 4

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[Sheet Music] Spanish Romance with Tremolo – Anonymous

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Musical Climax: Find the High Point to Sculpt Your Pieces

Save to “My Favorites” How do you know when to get louder or softer? How do you decide the volume of any given note? How do you make sure anyone listening knows exactly when the big climax occurs? The View From 30,000 Feet On the page, our music is a collection of notes and symbols. […]

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[Sheet Music] Luigi Legnani – Caprice Op. 20 No. 9

Save to “My Favorites” You’ve found the free sheet music and TAB for Caprice Op. 20 No. 9 by Luigi Legnani Click the button below for instant access to the free PDF guitar transcriptions. Click here to download and print your free sheet music. Want more free sheet music? Click here to browse the full […]

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[Quote] Duke Ellington on finding the time

Save to “My Favorites”   Duke Ellington was a busy guy. He would write tunes in the morning and his big band would perform them that very night. He sometimes even held the music up in front of soloists so they could stand and still read the music. He toured, performed, composed, and ran the […]

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