RCM Bridges level one guitar

Songs from Bridges, Level 1, now on YouTube (and here)

Since I frequently teach from the Bridges repertoire books, I decided to video some of the common songs my beginning students play, as a reference.  Here are most of the pieces from the Bridges Level One book.

These can also be found as a playlist on the ClassicalGuitarShed Youtube channel.

At times my tempos and dynamic markings differ from the suggestions in the book.  If you are just starting out, it is good to follow what is written in your score.  Some people are real sticklers for the score and consider it gospel.  I am not one of those people (though I always start with the score).  Sometimes composers are simply not aware of the best way to play the music they write.  Composing and performing are two completely different studies.  In general, a good rule is to go with the score unless you can clearly state your reasons not to.

The Bridges Guitar Series is a great set of repertoire books.  The first book is called the “preparatory” level, and there are 8 subsequent levels.  If you would like to buy the Bridges books, you can find them easily online.  Here is one option (not an affiliate link).

Note: Amazon sometimes goes a bit crazy and prices them at hundreds of dollars. This is just some sort of goof-up, so if you see that, just look elsewhere.


Here you go:

Branle Englese (Adriaesen)

Anglaise (121-6) (Carulli)

Chanson Viellotte (Gagnon)

Fleur De Lotus (Carbajo)



Poco Allegretto


Les Marionnettes

Minuetto (Domeniconi)

Andante (Carulli)

Andantino (Guiliani)

Country Dance (Carulli)

Anglaise 1 (Molino)

Ecossaise (33-4) (Guiliani)

Ecossaise (33-2) (Guiliani)

Amusement (Horetzky)

Midnight in Sevilla (McFadden)

Farewell to Nova Scotia

Bohemian Folk Song

Moderato in E minor (Diabelli)

Lullaby (Savio)

Calleno Casture Me

Big City Blues (Brown)

Cancion Del Limpiadoras (Hartog)

Klangbild 11 (Domeniconi)

Lesson 7 (Aguado)

Andaluza (Camisassa)

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About Allen Mathews

Allen Mathews learned guitar as an adult, and has been a full-time guitar teacher for almost two decades to students age 4 to 96.  He has taught classical guitar at Reed College and Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon, and has been a guest lecturer and clinician at schools and universities throughout the U.S.  Allen is often praised for his creative teaching abilities, and his dedication to helping adults learn classical guitar.  He has a popular Youtube Channel offering regular classical guitar tutorials, and has gained fans worldwide for his weekly emails and articles at ClassicalGuitarShed.com.

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