Wedding Music – Free Sheet Music and TABs for Classical Guitar


Music is a big part of special events.  And the music can make a wedding ceremony memorable and emotional.  Acoustic guitar music is a popular choice for wedding music.  It’s intimate and sensual, like the event itself.

Below you’ll find many beautiful wedding songs and arrangements.  These are guitar pieces and arrangements that work especially well for wedding ceremonies.

Wedding and Ceremony Music for Classical Guitar

 

Beginner Wedding Music


Early-Intermediate Wedding Music


Intermediate Wedding Music


Advanced Wedding Music


 

Click here for the Full Free Sheet Music Collection

Tips for Playing Wedding Guitar Music

It is a joy and an honor to play music for someone’s wedding. All the more if you have a personal relationship with the couple.

You can prepare to provide the best addition to the experience for all the guests. In service to this, here are some tips for playing at weddings.

Be prepared with your music.

wedding ceremony musicOver-practice. If you are not used to playing for large crowds in adverse situations, mistakes can lead to more mistakes. Instead, know your music extremely well. Record yourself playing several times in the days leading up to the event. Play the pieces as if in performance–a single run-through, no do-overs.

For best results, choose music and arrangements within your current ability level. We don’t rise to the occasion, we sink to the level of our training. It’s better to play simple music well than difficult music poorly.

Likewise, make sure you have all the music and equipment you need before leaving the house. Double and triple-check everything on the day of the wedding.

Arrive early.

Give yourself plenty of time to set up your gear and get ready. Ideally, you are completely set up well before you start playing.

If you are playing music while people are getting seated, have time for a break before this. You can also test your sound and meet with the event coordinator to learn your cues and directions.

Prepare for possible problems.

It helps to prepare for the worst, even though you can expect the best. To this end, it’s nice to have an extra extension cord, extra strings, and a light-hearted attitude.

If you are playing outside, the wind can blow your music away (bring clips). And in strong winds, your music stand could topple.

Bright sunlight can create a glare on your sheet music or can make it difficult to see. Likewise, the sun on your guitar may affect the tuning.

Insects may land on you. Your chair may sink in soft earth. It may begin to rain.

You may lose your line of sight to the wedding party. Your sightline may change when people fill the area, especially when standing. This can affect your cues and signals.

Spring and Fall weddings may get cold.  And summer weddings may get hot.  If you need to sit in the weather, it may help to have some long underwear or sweat pads (small towels or tissues to stick in your pits so you don’t sweat through your clothes).

Think of as many potential problems, and do whatever you can to prevent and prepare for them. If they happen, you’ve already rehearsed your response and it won’t seem as big of an issue.

Turn off your phone.

A phone call or alarm while you’re playing can be embarrassing and distracting. Avoid this by silencing your phone beforehand.

While you’re not playing, you can take pictures of the wedding ceremony. Often, the guitar is in a unique position with a view unlike anyone else.

You can have the acoustic guitar or music stand in the frame for a lovely picture. You can then share this with the wedding couple or post it on social media.

Dress well.

As a member of the wedding ceremony, you reflect on the bride and groom. So be on your best behavior and look as good as you can. It is very hard for the musician to overdress for most weddings.

To this end, have a fresh haircut. Iron all your clothes, Shine your shoes. Trim and clean your fingernails. Details matter.

And you can also dress your guitar well. Clip the ends of strings at the tuning keys. Polish the front of your guitar.

The wedding photographer will takes high-quality pictures of you. So make sure they fit into the wedding album as well as possible.

Smile – It’s a happy event.

Try to keep a gentle expression on your face. This is a special day, and the music is just one small part of it. Any expressions of pain or disappointment can dampen the spirits of the guests.

Keep your eyes soft. This makes you look better, and it lowers stress. If anything goes wrong (a mistake, technical issue, etc.), shrug it off. It’s better to remain calm and keep the mood light.


Allen Mathews

Hi, I’m Allen Mathews. 


I started as a folk guitarist, then fell in love with classical guitar in my 20’s. Despite a lot of practice and schooling, I still couldn’t get my music to flow well. I struggled with excess tension. My music sounded forced. And my hands and body were often sore. I got frustrated, and couldn’t see the way forward. Then, over the next decade, I studied with two other stellar teachers – one focused on the technical movements, and one on the musical (he was a concert pianist). In time, I came to discover a new set of formulas and movements. These brought new life and vitality to my practice. Now I help guitarists find more comfort and flow in their music, so they play more beautifully.
Click here for a sample formula.





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