Classical Guitar Method Volume 2 (PDF)
Classical Guitar Method – Volume 2 (2019 Edition)
For Classical and Fingerstyle Guitar
PDF Download, 75 Pages, Notation Only
by Bradford Werner
Sample PDFs: Cover, Preface, & Table of Contents
This book teaches classical and fingerstyle guitar skills with a focus on reading tonal music. It includes solos, duos, chords, and exercises, giving students a well-rounded and enjoyable musical experience. Designed as a manageable amount of material, it supplements weekly lessons and prepares students for early intermediate repertoire. The four sections of study allow students to focus on specific strengths and weaknesses in the learning process. YouTube video lessons provide students extra help with musicality and guitar technique. You can also check out my page on How to Use my Educational Series.
Video Lessons & Duets for Vol. 2
The below videos are for the new 2019 edition. Links go to my blog.
- Review Lessons
- How to Practice Music and Organize Your Practice Session
- How to Play Legato on Classical Guitar
- 10 Classical Guitar Lessons for Beginners
- Part 1 - Reading Music and Chords in Common Keys
- C Major, Menuet by Rameau, Vals by Carulli, Morning Has Broken
- A Minor, Romance by Kuffner, and Leccion No.54 by Sagreras, Star of County Down
- G Major, Minuet by Bach, Kean O’Hara by O’Carolan
- E Minor, Erster Verlust by Schumann, Prelude in E Minor
- D Major, Le Petit Rien by Couperin, La Volte
- A Major, Minuet by Handel, Leccion No.54 by Sagreras, Bound for South Australia
- F Major and Melody by Mertz
- D Minor, Riguadon by Rameau, Leccion No.55 by Sagreras
- Part 2 – Introduction to 3rd & 5th Position
- 3rd & 5th Position Notes, Exercise 1-10, Joy to the World
- Shifting Positions, Feng Yang Flower Drum, El Noi de la Mare, Canaries or the Hay & Captain O’Kane
- Part 3 – Rhythm Training
- Tips and Rhythm Exercises on Open Strings No.1-60
Using an older edition of this book? See the 2017 edition videos here.
Should I memorize the pieces and should I keep them in my repertoire? Although I'm not strict about memorization with my students, I do believe that we play better when the piece is memorized. Also, our brains seem to get used to it as a habit and memorizes more efficiently if we do it regularly. So, I highly recommend you memorize your pieces but don't be too hard on yourself, just do a little bit of memory work everyday and see how it goes.
When should I move onto the next piece? Aim for a confident playing of the piece. As a basic check you might put a metronome on and be able to play through it as that is a common issue. Aim for an even rhythm, nice tone, arched phrases, and a prominent melody. I encourage students to stick with pieces for awhile to see how they 'settle' into the piece in terms of relaxation. It's important to dive deeper into musicality after you have accomplished the basic physical movements. A large part of what teachers do is to just raise the musical bar and get students to strive for higher levels of musicality so you'll want to push yourself in that regard to ensure you are not just settling for a past standard (up your personal level every piece). In the end it's up to you but try to feel confident and happy with your performance.
Cover image is just for promotion, the PDF is a text cover.
After this book you might be interested in:
- Classical Guitar Repertoire Lessons Grade 1 - Dedicated lessons for each piece. Start this after my 2nd method book.
- Classical Guitar Technique – Essential Exercises, Scales, & Arpeggios – Notation, 122 pages, Gr. 1-9. Video lessons, hundreds of exercises. Start this book anytime after my 2nd method book.
Easy Classical Guitar, Vol. 1, Grade 1-3, Video Lessons, Sheet Music or Tab
Easy Classical Guitar Vol. 2, Grade 1-3, Video Lessons, Sheet Music or Tab
Easy Celtic Guitar Vol. 1, Grade 1-4, Notation & Notation & TAB, Free PDFs
Easy Folk Songs Vol.1 - 25 solo songs. Each piece: 1st time easy, 2nd time intermediate.