Carcassi Etude No.1, Op.60 (Lesson & Free PDF)

Etude No.1, Op.60 by Matteo Carcassi (1792–1853) – Sheet Music for Classical Guitar. Free notation edition or Notation + TAB, Modern Fingering, PDF Download. Level: Intermediate (Grade 5 / 6). Youtube Lesson Link. Excuse the camera angle, this was recorded on the fly during a break at work!

Free PDF Notation Edition (Fingered)

Free Unfingered Edition

TAB Edition (PDF)

Here’s a free sheet music PDF of one of the most well known works in Carcassi’s Op. 60. I’ve made a free copy to attract guitarists to the site and a tablature (tab) version for those who need it. This is an excellent etude for intermediate students as it covers scales, arpeggios, and shifts all in one clear study. The opening staccato indication might be interpreted in this era as a marked emphasis, I consider it a right hand planting exercise but that might be a modern afterthought. I believe the mysterious rf stands for Rinforzando or reinforced. Extra emphasis but likely not as strong as sforzando. In Bar 22 you might consider the use of slurs on E-F might help blend the sound of the crossing string figure in the bar before or do a stretch to the E on the second string. Join the Email Newsletter to get updates on free sheet music and more. Please consider supporting to the site to keep the free sheet music coming.

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  1. HI Brad, I have been working on this etude (Carcassi No. 1) and it is coming along nicely (very enjoyable to play)- I was wondering about any recommendation on the use of a metronome for this- and setting #. Steve Courtney

    • Metronome work is great for this piece. Just start as low as you can play at a high quality level and then inch it up slowly. Keep track of accomplished speeds with a pencil on the score, always nice to see one’s progress. Just remember to start slower than you think!

  2. Ciao Brad…

    thanks for the availability of this song.

    For study purposes I would like to know
    I need it for study… but Carcassi’s original fingering in which Edition can I find it?

    Many thanks

  3. Why does the sheet music show a sharp in it? I thought the key was C Major which has no sharps or flats?

    • There are many reasons why a piece would have accidentals (sharps and flats). Although the main portion of a piece might be in a certain key the piece might modulate to another key, briefly setup cadences in others keys, use chromaticism or decorative non-chord tones etc and list goes on. So the short answer is, especially with more significant works, that is although the majority of a work might follow the key signature, it is very common to see accidentals throughout for various reasons.

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