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Table of Contents

 

Dedication

Acknowledgements

 

PART ONE             INTRODUCING THE GUITAR   i-iv

 

Chapter 1            Basic Parts of the Guitar   1

Chapter 2            Holding the Guitar   2

                                   Before Sitting   2

                                    Sitting   2

                                    Right Arm and Hand   3

                                    Left Arm and Hand   4

Chapter 3            Basics of Music Notation   5

                                    A Glimpse of History   5

                                    Notes   5

                                    The Staff   5

                                    Treble Clef   6

                                    Notes on the Staff   6

                                    Ledger Lines    6

                                    Musical Intervals    6

                                    The Half-Step    6

                                    Accidentals    7

                                    Key Signatures    7

                                    The Octave    7

                                    Time Value of Notes    8

                                    A Common Misconception   8

                                    How Rhythm is Notated   8

                                    Measures and Bar Lines   9

                                    Time Signatures    9

                                    Beams and Flags   9

                                    Rests   9

                                    The Tie    10

                                    Dotted Notes    10

                                    Triplets   10

                                    Mastering Rhythmic Structures   10

                                    Additional Elements of Music Notation   11

                                    Double Bar   11

                                    Repeat Signs   11

                                    First and Second Endings   11

                                    A Hint about Working with Music Notation   11

 Chapter 4            Guitar Notation   12

                                    Left Hand Notation   12

                                    Right Hand Notation   12

                                    String Notation   13

                                    Notation of Position for the Left Hand   13

Chapter 5            Map of Notes on the Guitar   15

                                    About the Map   15

                                    Map of Notes on the First 12 Frets of the Guitar   16

                                    How to use the Map of Guitar Notes   17

                                    How the Map Works   17

                                    A Few Exercises Using the Map to Find Notes   17

                                    Best Use of the Map of Guitar Notes   17

Chapter 6            Tuning the Guitar   18

                                    Introduction to Tuning the Guitar   18

                                    Electronic Tuners   18

                                    Relative Tuning   18

                                    Step-by Step Instructions for Relative Tuning   19

                                    More on the Art of Tuning   20

Chapter 7            The Art of Practicing   21

                                    Common Problems: Their Causes and Cures   23

                                    Buzzes   23

                                    Muted Sounds   23

                                    Choppy Sound   23

                                    How to Work on Trouble Spots   24

                                    Identify the issue   24

                                    Divide into small segments   24

                                    Slow tempos   24

                                    Memorization   24

                                    Interpreting Body Signals   25

                                    Listening to Your Body’s Signals   25

                                    Backache   25

                                    Shoulder Ache   25

                                    Left or Right Forearm Tension   26

                                    Left Wrist Tension, Right Wrist Tension   26

                                    Sore Fingertips   26

Chapter 8            Notes in the 1st Position   27

                                    Natural Scale   27

                                    Chromatic Scale   27

                                    Exercises on the 1st and 2nd Strings   28

                                    Exercises on the 3rd and 4th Strings   29

                                    Exercises on the 5th and 6th Strings   30

Chapter 9            Right Hand Technique   31

                                    Right Arm Position   31  

                                    Basic Techniques of Right Hand Fingering   33

                                    Basic Principles of Right Hand Fingering   33

                                    Exercises for the Right Hand Alone   34

                                    Single Note Patterns   34

                                    Two-Note Patterns   35

                                    Three and Four-Note Patterns   36

Chapter 10            Left Hand Technique   37

                                    Left Hand Position   37

                                    Key Points about Left Hand Position   38

                                    Finger Action   38

                                    Basic Principles of Left Hand Fingering   38

                                    Left Hand Exercises   39

                                    Ascending Slur, also called Hammer-on   39

                                    Descending Slur, also called Pull-off   40

                                    Medieval Melodies in 3rds, 5ths, 6ths and Octaves   41

Hymn to St. Magnus   41

Ambrosian Hymn   41

Song of the Donkey   42

Ballade by Richard Coeur-De-Lion   42

Chapter 11      Guitar Chords   43

                                    How Chords are Diagrammed   43

                                    Hints on Playing Chords   44

                                    15 Basic Guitar Chords   45

                                    Bar Chords   47

                                    Hints on Improving the Bar   49

Chapter 12      Common Chord Progressions   50

Chapter 13      Basic Rhythm Exercises   53

                                   Rhythm Exercises in Two Voices   55 

Rhythm Words   57

 

How Scales are Constructed   58

Chapter 14               Intervals: Half-Step and Whole Step   58

            The Intervals Used to Construct Scales   58

Major Scales   59

                                    Minor Scales   59

                                    Natural Minor   59

                                    Harmonic Minor Scale   60

                                    Melodic Minor Scale   60

                                    Chromatic Scale   61

                                    A Few More Thoughts About Scales   61

                                    Major and Melodic Minor Scales in the 1st and 2nd positions

 

 

Chapter 15

            How Chords are Constructed   63
                                    Chord   63

                                    Triad   63

                                    Interval Structure of Triads   63

                                    Minor Third   63

                                    Major Third   64

                                    Major Chords   64

                                    Minor Chords    65

                                    Diminished and Augmented Chords   65

 

 

 Chapter 16

                                   

         Why Musicians Study Keys   66
                                    The Scale of C major   66

                                    Two Chords   67

                                    Novice View   68

                                    Trained View   68

                                    C Major in the 1st Position   69

Chapter 17            Three Special Techniques   70

                                    Natural Harmonics   70

                                    Pizzicato   71

                                    Pizzicato Notation   71

                                    Tambour   72

Chapter 18            Sight Reading   73

                                    Before Playing   73

                                    During Playing   73

                                    Scale Motion   73

                                    Chordal Passages   74

                                    Arpeggio Motion   74

                                    Waltz by Carcassi   75

                                    Sight Reading Repertoire   76

                                    Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring   76

                                    Menuett in G and Wachat Auf by Bach   77

                                    The Four Seasons by Vivaldi   78

                                    Eine Kleine Nachtmusik and Turkish Rondo by Mozart   79

                                    Three Symphonic Themes by Beethoven   80

                                    Nutcracker Suite – three melodies by Tchaikovsky   81

                                    Peer Gynt Suite No. 1 – three melodies by Grieg   82

                                    Pictures at an Exhibition – three melodies by Mussorgsky   83

                                    Hymn for the Emperor – ancient Chinese melody   84

                                    Seikilos Song – ancient Greek song   84

 

PART TWO           SELECTED REPERTOIRE   85

 

                                    How To Use This Section   86

                                    What is important about keys   87       

                                    F major is a more awkward key to play in   87

                                    A major is an easier key to play in   87

Chapter 19              Key of C major   88

                                    Preview of C major   89

                                    Key of C major – 8 short exercises   90

                                    Minuet en Rondeau by Rameau – guitar duet   91

                                    Etude Op. 60 #1 and Etude in C by Sor   92

                                    Prelude and Waltz Op. 59 by Carcassi   93

                                    Minuet by Roncalli   94

                                    Ductia – 13th Century Dance   94

                                    Two Etudes Op. 60 # VIII and IX by Sor   95

                                    Two Etudes in study score format by Sor   96

                                    Etude Op. 35 #1 by Sor   97

                                    Etude Op. 35 #1 by Sor with harmonic regions indicated   98

                                    Etude Op. 31 #1 by Sor   99 

                                    Minuet en Rondeau by Rameau as guitar solo   100

                                    C Major Arpeggio Patterns by Sor   101

Chapter 20            Key of A minor   103

                                    Preview of A melodic minor   104

                                    Key of A minor – 8 short exercises   105

                                    Minuet by Handel – guitar duet   106

                                    Spanish Etude based on Leyenda by Albeniz   107

                                    Two Hungarian Dances by Anonymous   108

                                    Etude in A minor by Aguado   109

                                    Greensleeves from William Ballet’s Lute Book   110

                                    Packington’s Pound by Anonymous   111

                                    Brian Boru’s March – old Irish tune   112

                                    Sakura, Sakura – Japanese folk song   113

Chapter 21            Key of G major   114

                                    Preview of G major   115

                                    Key of G major – 8 short exercises   116

                                    Minuet by Boismortier – guitar duet   117

                                    Andantino by Kuffner   118

                                    Renaissance Dance by Newsidler   118

                                    The Girl I Left Behind Me – Irish Jig   118

                                    Lento by Carulli   119     

                                    Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring by Bach   120

                                    Prelude from Op. 59 by Carcassi   120 

                                    Waltz Op. 51 #1 by Sor   121

                                    Waltz – lesson #7 from New Guitar Method by Aguado   122

                                    Etude – lesson #15 from New Guitar Method by Aguado 122

                                    A Toy from Jane Pickering's Lute Book   123   

Chapter 22            Key of E minor   124

                                    Preview of E melodic minor   125

                                    Key of E minor – 8 short exercises   126

                                    Bourrée from Lute Suite # 1 BWV 996 by Bach – guitar duet   127

                                    The Three Ravens by Ravenscroft   129

                                    Minuet by De Visée   129

                                    Prelude from Op. 59 by Carcassi   130

                                    Etude Op. 60 # XIV by Sor   130

                                    Romance by Goodman   131

                                    Leymön Tendrel – Ancient Tibetan Melody   132

Chapter 23             Key of D major   133

                                    Preview of D major   134

                                    Key of D major – 8 short exercises   135

                                    Rigaudon by Purcell –guitar duet  136

                                    Torneo, Villano and Gallarda by Sanz   137

                                    Rujero and Paradetas by Sanz   138

                                    Soldier's Joy - traditional fiddle tune   139                                     

                                    The Parlement - anonymous 16th century lute   139 

                                    Orlando Sleepeth by Dowland   141

 

                                    Tanz by Fuhrmann   142

Chapter 24             Key of A major   143

                                    Preview of A major   144

                                    Key of A major – 8 short exercises   145

                                    Branle de Village by Besarde – guitar duet   146

                                    Two Hungarian Folk Songs – anonymous 19th century   147

                                    Minuet by De Visée   148

                                    Wilson’s Wilde – anonymous 16th century   149

                                    Theme from Piano Sonata in A Major, K. 331 by Mozart   150

Chapter 25             Key of E major   151

                                    Preview of E major   152

                                    Key of E major – 8 short exercises   153

                                    Gavotte II from Cello Suite #6 BWV 1012 by Bach – guitar duet   154

                                    Etude Op. 60 #XV by Sor   156

                                   Englesa – anonymous 17th century   157

                                    Prelude from Op. 59 by Carcassi   158

                                    Etude – lesson #38 from New Guitar Method by Aguado   159

Chapter 26            Key of F major   160

                                    Preview of F major   161

                                    Key of F major – 8 short exercises   162

                                    Gavotte by Handel – guitar duet   163

                                    Gavotte by Handel – solo version of the duet   164

                                    The Peaceful Western Wind by Campian   165

                                    Minuet by Mozart   165

                                    Menuett by Diabelli   166

                                    Maestoso by Mertz   167

                                    Etude Op. 31 # XI by Sor   168

Chapter 27             Key of D minor   170

                                    Preview of D melodic minor   171

                                    Key of D minor – 8 short exercises   172

                                    Gavotte by Corelli – guitar duet   173

                                    Prelude from Op. 59 by Carcassi   174

                                    Hungarian Dance – anonymous 19th century   174

                                    Renaissance Dance – anonymous lute   175

                                    Minuet by Purcell   175

                                    La Folia by Corelli   176

                                    Folías  by Sanz   176

                                    Crab Canon from the Musical Offering by Bach   177

Chapter 28            Flamenco   178

                                    Flamenco notation and strumming   180

                                    Malagueňa – Andalusian   182

                                    Tientos – Traditional   183

                                    Soleares - Andalusian   185