Carcassi: Melodic and Progressive Etudes, Opus An Alfred Classical Guitar Masterwork Edition. [Matteo Carcassi] Fingerings by Aaron Shearer with. This set of studies for the guitar by Carcassi, the 25 Etudes Mélodiques Progressives, op. 60, has become very famous. It has been known to generations of. This page gives the notes on the pieces, from the Tecla edition of Carcassi’s 25 Etudes for guitar op. This is not the main page for Carcassi’s 25 Etudes for.

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Then I would set about reading this work off the guitar. Alfred Classical Guitar Masterworks. The point here is that the piece might not be that difficult to play but embedding reading mistakes into the learning procedure can and will cause confusion in both the learning and performing of this or any piece.

If you haven’t already done so, be sure to check out Jounis’ recordings of all of these in our MP3 section. Classical Guitar Skip to content.

My technique has been sloppy at best and the strict alternate picking that Carcassi notates is demanding for one of my limited skills. I teach a method that explains this in detail, not only the reading aspect but memorization as well, and students who learn this method benefit greatly.

Julian Bream Guitar Book Level: Study in E major 9. Such editions are also public domain in Canada because they fail to meet the minimum ‘threshold of originality’ to qualify for copyright as an ‘adaptation’. It brings to mind a quote I read in a book called “Violin Mastery,” I believe it went “even the simplest of studies presents great challenges for the virtuoso performer.

I believe it is the details that make these harder than they first appear. Selected Favorites for Guitar Ed. By Matteo Carcassi and Fernando Sor. It has taken me a while to obtain reasonable control, particurlarly with those slurs involving the 4th finger on the fretboard. Patience and working through the piece really slowly is paying off and I’m now looking to practice more scale orientated pieces than spending so much time on scales.


Study in D major 5.

Etudes, Op (Carcassi, Matteo) – IMSLP/Petrucci Music Library: Free Public Domain Sheet Music

For instance I can do a passable rendition of the famous Sor B-minor etude after having worked on it a couple months and I would swear it wasn’t as tough to play through when I first saw it as this silly little Carcassi study. In this edition, Thomas Kikta, Kami Rowan, and Ricardo Coboall former students of Aaron Shearer and renowned guitarists in their own rightcontribute performance notes and advice that Shearer provided his students as they studied this repertoire.

If you do this you’ll discover things about the work that will likely pass you by, even if you play the work for years! I’ve been starting on Op. Some, I find, are easy enough to read through, but the challenge is in playing cleanly, in good time and musically.

It was also difficult for me to begin with, even though I think I am quite fluent with C and G major progressions. Study in C major If you’re familiar with the different major scale forms then find which ones are being used and note that.

In fact I think I remember reading a discussion of the “correct” order to do these excercises and someone opined that 1 was the hardest! I play allot of scales and thought that I’d find it quite easy but it wasn’t and it has helped me to see my scale practice in a new light.


Etudes, Op.60 (Carcassi, Matteo)

The Shearer Method, Book 2: For example, I have heard many performances of Carcassi 1 and I confess that I had never really heard any real music in it until last night; a friend played it with expressive phrasing quite different than I had ever heard in it before, and I felt like it almost could have come from one of Bach’s cello suites. The neat thing about these excercises is that they each have a particular skill to for us to work on.


I know I got a lot out of it at the time as I was just embarking on the Carcassi journey. Classical guitarists, both students and professional performers, require the same high-quality editions that their pianist colleagues have come to expect from Alfred Music.

More information about this can be found here. I mean when you first encounter them as a beginner. The Classical Guitar Collection Arr. In addition to diligent analysis and study, I think it is also worth approaching them with an open mind. Join Our Email List. Jerry Snyder Guitar Book Level: I use it as a warm up at almost every practice session. This piece is much more fun than doing scales however. Please consider supporting us by disabling your ad blocker on our website.

Creative Commons Attribution 4. I am working on no. You May Also Like. I agree, the first piece is a great warm up excercise! You’ll love 3 as it works out a nice arpeggio. Very nice job – very musical – reading of 1.

Our website is made possible by displaying online advertisements to our visitors. Funny enough, I kind of started to like the piece and now I play it for pleasure.

I would suggest before beginning the normal ‘rote’ style of learning playing the piece over to the point where the fingers have memorized the patternsthat the player should sit with the score and do some analysis of the scale patterns, the harmony, even the form.

Since then I’ve gained much more experience with music in general and of this period, guitar technique, and interpretation, and I have a much deeper carcassi for them. Melodic and Progressive Etudes, Opus