Classical Guitar Method Volume 2 (PDF)
Classical Guitar Method – Volume 2 (2019 Edition)
For Classical and Fingerstyle Guitar by Bradford Werner
PDF Download, 75 Pages, Notation Only
Hardcopy Print Editions on Amazon
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. Also see my free 102 page Volume One Method Book.
Video Lessons & Duets for Vol. 2
Using an older edition? See the 2017 edition videos here. The below videos are for the new 2019 edition. All videos to be completed by mid-February. Links go to Youtube.
- Part 1 - Reading Music and Chords in Common Keys
- C Major, Menuet, and Vals by Carulli
- Duets in C: Menuet by Rameau, Morning Has Broken
- A Minor, Romance by Kuffner, and Leccion No.54 by Sagreras
- Duets in A minor: Romance by Küffner, 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
- Duet in E minor: Erster Verlust by Schumann
- D Major, Le Petit Rien by Couperin, La Volte
- Duet in D: La Petit Rien by Couperin
- A Major, Minuet by Handel, Leccion No.54 by Sagreras, Bound for S. Australia
- Duets in A: Menuet by Handel, Bound for South Australia
- F Major and Melody by Mertz
- D Minor, Riguadon by Rameau, Leccion No.55 by Sagreras
- Duet in D minor: Riguadon by Rameau
- Part 2 – Introduction to 3rd & 5th Position
- 3rd & 5th Position Notes, Exercise 1-10, Joy to the World
- Shifting Positions, Feng Yang Flower Drum
- Duets in 3rd and 5th position:
- Part 3 – Rhythm Training
- Tips and Rhythm Exercises on Open Strings No.1-60
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.