Etude No.7, Op.60 by Carcassi

Etude No.7, Op.60 (Allegro) by Matteo Carcassi (1796-1853) with performance, lesson, and sheet music. This from my 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.7 is at a technique level of around Grade 5-6 depending on your desired tempo and level of musical refinement. It’s a great study for repeated notes and arpeggios as well as offering an opportunity to increase your tempo to an exciting tempo. This is not a tremolo piece in the guitar sense despite the repeated notes and it is likely Carcassi just repeated i-m but almost all modern guitarist use i-m-a making it an opportunity to develop that technique.

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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  1. Hi Bradford, thanks for all the material that you make available to guitarists around the world.
    That allegro piece by Carcassi you just played was so inspiring, due to your obvious awareness of emotional dynamics, even if it was a study. (I teach at a school and the head of music said that I must do proper pieces and not just studies. What a stupid thing to say, I then showed her some Carcassi pieces in the Trinity syllabus. Never had any problem since then.)
    I still have my original Carcassi books 1, 2 and 3, when I started playing classical guitar way back in 1960. After hearing your piece, I think I am going to lay off Paganini, Bach and Vivaldi for a while and go back for revision.
    I think I am still a member of your FREE member list as I still get your news letter.
    Thanks again.
    Allan Travers
    South Africa