Classical Guitar Method Volume 2 by Bradford Werner. PDF sheet music method for classical guitar with video lessons. This book teaches classical 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 along with free video lessons to help with the learning process. Designed as a manageable amount of material, it prepares students for early intermediate repertoire. The four sections of study allow students to focus on specific strengths and weaknesses in the learning process. Free video lessons provide students extra help with musicality and guitar technique. Prerequisite: Students should have completed my free Volume One Method Book.
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Videos and Lessons for Volume 2
The below videos are for the new 2019 edition.
- Review & Info Lessons
- How to Practice Music and Organize Your Practice Session
- How to Play Legato on Classical Guitar
- Introduction to Key Signatures and Scales
- Q&A Lesson on Rest and Free Stroke in the Right Hand
- 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, Leccion No.46 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 S. Australia
- F Major and Melody by Mertz
- D Minor, Riguadon by Rameau, Leccion No.55 by Sagreras
- Part 2 – Introduction to 3rd & 5th Position
- Single-String Chromatic Scales (Learn Every Note on the Guitar)
- 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? The older 2017 edition videos are here.
What other books can I use? Some theory knowledge can be helpful at this stage so you can consider a basic intro such as the Berklee Theory Book 1 and 2 which are pretty good and has an answer key at the end or a more comprehensive book. Here’s is list of Music Theory Books. I also really like The Cornerstone Method by Simon Powis as it does not duplicate material but has a very similar approach.
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 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.
Consider these books after completion
- Education Series (Methods & Technique)
- Classical Guitar Method Vol. 2, Video Lessons, 89 pages
- Classical Guitar Repertoire Lessons Grade 1 – Eight pieces with dedicated lessons
- Classical Guitar Technique: Essential Exercises, Scales, & Arpeggios – 122 pages, video lessons
- Easy Classical Guitar, Volume 1, Authentic Works, Grade 1-3
- Easy Classical Guitar Volume 2, Authentic Works, Grade 1-4