Difficulty B, I, A

I really do believe that no guitarist should be without these two books. They form a big part of the foundation of our guitar technique and between them pretty much no stone is left unturned as far as helping us with our technical development goes.

Read more ...

Musical Simplicity to gorgeous Complexity - Difficulty B, I, A

Some may think that it is strange that I have chosen this book so early on in my collection, or even at all, but I think that it is a wonderful collection of pieces worthy of its place containing so much variety, musicality and fun for players from grade 2 to 8 – in other words a book that will last for many years.

Read more ...

Difficulty I, A (from about grade 3)

For me these are pieces that you can benefit from whatever stage you are at when you first approach them, and they should have a place among the music that forms the foundation of classical guitar technique and musical development.

Read more ...

Difficulty I (from about grade 3)

I have decided to include these pieces in my repertoire list because of their emphasis on musicianship and creating a picture or a story from the music that you play.

The music is written by a guitarist, for guitarists of intermediate level, from about a grade 3 standard upwards to grade 6 or 7, although there are some more advanced passages in Derbyshire Suite.

Read more ...

Difficulty I, A Difficulty I (from about grade 3)

This is an invaluable collection of pieces, opening the door to a wonderful part of music history and giving today’s guitarist direct access to complex, fantastic and rewarding music. I love this book, first published in 1956, and it has been part of my repertoire for as long as I can remember.

Read more ...

Difficulty I, A

This is one of those pieces that, throughout my time as a performing guitarist and teacher, has often been criticized for being either too long or boring and put aside for more ‘obviously’ challenging and exciting pieces. In fact I think that the 19th century repertoire in general has suffered with the great influx of modern repertoire and, particularly, crossover styles designed to attract younger players to the classical guitar and hold their interest.

Read more ...

Difficulty: A

This is a fantastic little set of pieces, very modern but with an incredibly expressive and often romantic feel. They form one of the many works that Julian Bream commissioned for the guitar from mainstream, twentieth century composers, so expanding the repertoire and giving us fantastic opportunities as guitarists to widen out musical knowledge and technical skill.

Read more ...