French composer Erik Satie wrote some fantastic piano pieces. Gymnopedie no. 1 is one of his most famous compositions and sounds great on classical guitar.
This solo is a 12-bar blues in the key of F recorded by the Benny Goodman Sextet in 1940. Although recorded in the swing era, it introduces some early bebop concepts. Played to the iReal Pro backing track app.
This beautiful short piece by Francisco Tárrega requires the ability to play barre chords and an a-m-i arpeggio, exactly like the arpeggio pattern of Romanza. You can also play variations of this using block chords or tremelo, as explained in our Romanza lesson video.
This lesson walks you through a beginner/lower intermediate version of the famous Spanish guitar song “Malagueña” that includes the strumming technique called “rasgueo.” This is fun to play and the better you get at it, the more you can add to it, as shown in the video and in the second more advanced PDF. At the end of the video the tablature will also be shown on the screen and played to a metronome.
Check out our solo jazz guitar arrangement of “Someday My Prince Will Come – Solo Guitar” – this song was written for the original Disney animated film “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” but has since become a popular jazz standard. Mile Davis and Chet Baker famously recorded versions of this tune as have countless other jazz artists. This is a nice and brief chord melody that should be simple enough for you if you’re familiar with some jazz chord voicings.
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