Etude No.15, Op.60 by Carcassi

Etude No.15, Op.60 (Allegro) by Matteo Carcassi (1796-1853) with performance, lesson, and sheet music. This from my sheet music edition of 25 Etudes, Op.60 by Matteo Carcassi. PDF or hardcopy sheet music for classical guitar. Comes with both a notation edition with left hand fingering and a separate tab edition in the same pdf. Intermediate to Early-Advanced (Grade 5-9). 142 Pages. Here is the YouTube link if you want to watch it there.

Etude No.15 is at a technique level of around Grade 5-6 depending on your desired tempo and level of musical refinement. This etude presents study opportunities for an arpeggio texture with melodic figuration in the upper voice. I recommend practicing this work with both block chords in the left hand to learn the overall shapes and then getting the bass note finger first to work on legato connection. You can use a metronome at first to make sure you are able to navigate the shifts but then start turning it off and adding more phrasing and phrase-related rubato to bring the piece to life through its harmonies.

The twenty-five etudes in Op.60 by Matteo Carcassi (1796-1853) are one of the most important pedagogical collections for classical guitar. The etudes are both enjoyable for their musical content and pedagogically beneficial for their very clear technical objectives. Compared to other etude collections, both period and modern, Op.60 excels in its tightly focused compositional adherence to didactic goals. For this reason the etudes are excellent studies for students to test their skills in a controlled musical setting and a rite of passage from the intermediate to upper playing level.

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