About This Series
Classical Guitar for Beginners: The Graded Repertoire Series explores an array of student repertoire and preparatory reading exercises. This series features 20 beautiful, melodic, and inspiring songs written by forefathers of the classical guitar—Ferdinando Carulli, Fernando Sor, Matteo Carcassi, Mauro Giuliani, Dionisio Aguado, and more—and are prerequisite repertoire for all beginning students. This first collection features songs in the key of C Major and its relative minor, A Minor. The benefit of reading and practicing a group of songs in one key is that you’ll be able to learn the fundamental chord progressions, harmonies, and fingerings relevant to that specific key.
The Graded Repertoire Series, C Major and A Minor, Vol. 1, is divided into two sections: 10 warm-up reading exercises and 20 beginning and intermediate songs. The 10 warm-up exercises will do exactly that: warm up your fingers and mind. These exercises are short and concise, yet will systematically graduate students through single notes, two-notes, chords, arpeggios, rhythms, and time signatures—thus preparing the student for the 20 songs in this collection.
These 20 songs were selected to provide a balanced set of short works that demonstrate fundamental finger movements for C Major (and A Minor) repertoire in the 1st position (and they are fun to play!). Yes, these are simple songs, yet several of these pieces can also be performed—if played with expression and effective technique. Remember that a gifted player can weave a handful of notes into a beautiful, memorable song!
More Essential Classical Guitar for printed sheet music here.
More arrangements for the classical repertoire here.
Classical Guitar for Beginners: About The Arranger
Stevan Pasero is recognized as a important contributor to the guitar repertoire over the past three decades. He has transcribed numerous symphonic works and composed, arranged and produced records for solo, duo and various ensembles. He has recorded 50 albums of music and his works appear on over 1000 other albums. Pasero studied classical guitar, then continued his studies in jazz and flamenco. He attended San Francisco State University where he studied musical analysis, harmony and composition, which led to some post-graduate work in transcription and orchestration. Mr. Pasero is owner and principal of four publishing and distribution music industry companies.