Classical Guitar Method – Volume Two by Bradford Werner
For classical and fingerstyle guitar
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 the free 100 page Volume One Method Book.
Free PDF Samples:
Preface and Table of Contents – Learn about the educational sections and concepts behind the book.
Part 1 – C Major Sample – Reading music, duets, solos, and chords in common keys.
Part 2 – Upper Position Sample – Learning to read music in 3rd and 5th position.
Part 3 – Rhythm Training Sample – Progressive rhythm exercises on open strings.
Part 4 – Technique Sample – Basic arpeggios, one of the many technique exercises.
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Video Lessons for Vol. 2 (Links to YouTube)
- Videos from the Preface
- Introduction to Barres, Slurs, and Position Playing
- Videos for Part 1 – Reading Music & Chords in Common Keys
- C Major and Allegro by Carulli
- First Piece with Slurs (Menuet Duet)
- Duets in C: Menuet by Rameau, Morning Has Broken
- A Minor and Prelude by Carcassi
- Duets in A minor: Romance by Küffner, Star of County Down
- G Major and Simple Gifts Arrangement
- Duet in G: Andante by Carulli
- E Minor and Prelude by Carcassi
- Duet in E minor: Erster Verlust by Schumann
- D Major and Rujero by Sanz
- Duet in D: La Petit Rien by Couperin
- A Major and Prelude in A by Carulli
- Duets in A: Menuet by Handel, Bound for South Australia
- E Major and Study No.15, Op.60 by Sor
- Duet in E: Gavotte by Corelli
- F Major and Tempo di Marcia by Mertz
- Duet in F: Prelude by Gottfried
- D Minor and Folies d’Espagne
- Duet in D minor: Riguadon by Rameau
- Bb Major and Bourrée by Telemann (Duet)
- Videos for Part 2 – Introduction to 3rd & 5th Position
- 3rd & 5th Position Notes, Exercise 1-10, Joy to the World, Estudio by Tarrega
- Shifting Positions, Feng Yang Flower Drum
- Duets in 3rd and 5th position:
- Videos for Part 3 – Rhythm Training
- Subdividing the beat and Similar Rhythmic Patterns
- Rhythm Exercises on Open Strings No.1-60
- Videos for Part 4 – Technique & Chord Exercises
- Right Hand Exercises
- Left Hand & Synchronization Exercises
Big thanks to Natasha Pashchenko for recording the duets.
What kind of time management should I use when practicing?
If you practice 60min a day I would divide your time in this way and order: 10min to part 4 (technique), 10min to part 2 and 3 (rhythm & upper positions), 20min to part 1 (pieces, duets, reading), and 20min for your own interests and past pieces you can play well. End with pieces you can play well can be a nice way to finish your practice session with a positive and happy feeling about music.