Play the classical guitar and know what it is like to perform music in its entirety, not only a solo or a chord progression. Play the melody, harmony, and bass all at the same time!

The guitar has come a long way since its early beginnings in Western Europe with music by composers such as Fernando Sor, Matteo Carcassi, and Mauro Giuliani. As the audience broadened, thanks in part to the popularity of guitarists like Andrés Segovia (and later Julian Bream, Oscar Ghiglia, and John Williams), so too did the repertoire and range of influences. Modern classical guitar performances may now feature music from a wide variety of styles and genres including flamenco, jazz, folk, and even rock. Research the references made in this book to other contemporary guitarists/composers: Tommy Emmanuel, Paco de Lucia, Eduardo Sainz de la Maza, and Joe Satriani. Listen to the wonderful music of other contemporary classical guitarists as well: Antigoni Goni, Johannes Möller, Matt Palmer, Andrew York, and many more.

This book leads the way for the intermediate classical guitarist to advance their skill level, showing them the way by developing new techniques, enabling them to play the exciting classical music of their time.

Each of the nine pieces is meant to introduce the intermediate level guitarist to a variety of techniques, compositional ideas, and musical influences. Prepare for each piece by reading the text and practicing any accompanying examples in the “About the Music” section. Use the Free Downloadable Recordings as a reference to ensure that you are capturing the right feel and expression.

You will see two icons throughout this book. They provide tips and ideas to get the most from what you are learning. They say what the notes and words on the page do not say, what the authors would say if they were there with you!

Tech Tip Offers helpful suggestions related to the technical aspects of performing on the classical guitar.

Music Master Provides historical facts and important information relating to the music.

Study the Glossary to further understanding the concepts and technicalities of the contemporary classical guitar.

Use the Free Downloadable Recordings to help you fine-tune your performance.

Above all, enjoy the music.


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