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Learn to Play Carcassi’s “Sicilienne” (Short Guitar Course)

Matteo Carcassi (1792-1853)is one of the great composers of guitar.  His study pieces (aka “etudes”) have been an active part of the classical guitar world for generations.

This small piece, Sicilienne, is a charming piece at the beginning level.  It’s great for those near the start of their guitar journey.  It’s also a suitable challenge for those just beginning to read musical notation.

The bass notes are all on open strings, with the melody on the higher-sounding strings.  The rhythm remains constant for most of the piece.  And it sounds great.

The materials include both standard musical notation and TABs. The piece is broken into small sections for easier learning. This is also how the course is organized. Click the button below for PDFs the materials.

About this Short Guitar Course

Below you’ll find 6 lessons exploring Carcassi’s Sicilienne.  You’ll find detailed practice strategy.  You’ll get suggestions on how to learn this and future pieces.   And you’ll discover formulas for musical expression (or “phrasing”) to make it more beautiful.

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Click on the boxes below to open each lesson and view the videos.

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Carcassi Sicilienne Guitar

For more sheet music by Matteo Carcassi, Click Here.

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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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