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Guitar Program

The following are guidelines for work to be accomplished during each semester of guitar study. In addition to the guidelines below students will be expected to perform in interp, participate in ensembles and Jazz Guitar I and Jazz Guitar II.  Applied Jazz Guitar study is also available in conjunction with classical guitar study.  All degrees are based on acheiving each level in applied classical guitar.

MUS 153/161

Technical work on fundamentals of guitar playing: sitting position, hand positions and Alexander Technique. Develop music reading skills through use of sight reading materials and Solo Guitar Playing, Book I, Third Edition by Frederick M. Noad.

Two octave major and minor scales. Technical studies from Pumping Nylon, by Scott Tenant. Repertoire: Studies by Carulli, Carcassi, Giuliani and Sor.

Jury: Major and minor scales, and two or three memorized pieces. Including a study by Sor or Carcassi.

MUS 162

Continued refinement of technique: tone production, technical studies, slurs, arpeggios and two and three octave major and minor scales. Repertoire: Studies by Carcassi and Sor; Pieces from grades four and five of the Royal Conservatory of Music Studies and Repertoire Books, published by The Frederick Harris Music Co.

Jury: Full faculty jury. Two and three octave major and melodic minor scales, one study by Sor, one study by Carcassi (or equivalent) and one piece of choice, all memorized.

MUS 261

Continued refinement of technique and musicianship. Two and three octave major and melodic minor scales. Arpeggios. Repertoire: Pieces from grades five and six of the Royal Conservatory of Music Studies and Repertoire books.

Jury: Scales and arpeggios. Two or three memorized pieces.

MUS 262

Continued refinement of technique and musicianship. Two and three octave major and melodic and harmonic minor scales. Arpeggios. Repertoire: Pieces from grades six and seven of the Royal Conservatory of Music Studies and Repertoire books.

Jury: Scales and arpeggios. Two or three memorized pieces.

Recommended Source Material for Guitarists

Naxos (available on Blackboard through the GRCC Library Go to Discovery/Databases/Music and Theatre)

Credo Music  (available on Blackboard through the GRCC Library Go to Discovery/Databases/Music and Theatre)

Anatomy Coloring Book

Guitar Solo Publications

Strings by Mail

Recommended Music for Guitarists

Classical Books

Solo Guitar Playing Book I, Frederick M. Noad, Publisher: Music Sales America; 4 edition (December 1, 2008), ISBN-10: 0825637112; ISBN-13: 978-0825637117

Pumping Nylon, Scott Tenant. Published by Alfred Music Publishing (AP.7000). ISBN 088284721X.

Guitar Repertoire and Studies Royal Conservatory of Music Third Edition, Volumes 4-8. (Ask your teacher to recommend specific volume.) Published by The Frederick Harris Music Company (FH.GTR and volume number 04-08),

Library of Guitar Classics (Revised and Updated Ed.), Published by Amsco Publications (MS.AM92895). ISBN 0825614759.

Twenty Studies by Fernando Sor Edited by Andres Segovia, pub. Hal Leonard. ISBN 0793543681

Twenty Five Melodius and Progressive Studies, Op. 60, Matteo Carcassi Published by The FJH Music Company Inc (FJ.G1013).ISBN 1-56939-100-9.

Guitar Works I, Leo Brouwer. DF15742. Editions Durand. Softcover. Published by Max Eschig (HL.50564795).

Collected Works For Solo Guitar, Heitor Villa-Lobos (1887-1959). Published by 

Editions Durand (HL.50560932). Theodore Presser Co (June 1998), ISBN-10: 0934009090 Solo Lute Works Of Johann Sebastian Bach  By Frank Koonce. For guitar.  Published by Neil A. Kjos Music Company (KJ.WG100). ISBN 849755018.

 

Jazz Books,

The New Real Book C Edition, Published by Sher Music Company (SR.NRB1C)

Concepts, Howard Morgan, Published by Alfred Music Publishing (AP.TPF0088). ISBN 0-7692-3075-X.

I have asked the GRCC Bookstore to carry the above books. Meyer Music has most of them as well.

Recommended Reading

The Natural Classical Guitar by Lee Ryan

Indirect Procedures by Pedro de Alacantara

Traditions of the Classical Guitar by Graham Wade

The Art and Times of the Guitar by Frederick Grunfeld

The Guitar: From the Renaissance to the Present Day by Harvey Trumbull

A New Look at Segovia: His Life His Music, Volumes I and II by Graham Wade and Gerard Garno