Study on E and Variation by Johann Kaspar Mertz (1806-1856) for classical guitar. Original title, Ubungen auf der E saite (Exercise on the E String) from Schule fur die Guitare. Free PDF Sheet music for classical guitar. Late-Beginner level, for use after my Volume 1 method.
Free PDF Sheet Music Edition
Mertz was an Austro-Hungarian guitarist and composer and heavily influenced by Liszt, Chopin, Mendelssohn, Schubert and Schumann. His method book has six exercises on this theme. I recommend playing No.1 and No.2 as one continuous piece so I’ve added an editorial fermata.
Right Hand Fingering: p-i is Mertz’s indicated fingering and also my recommendation. However, p-m is acceptable as is p-i-p-m.
This is part of a collection of supplemental pieces for after my Classical Guitar Method Volume 1 (100 page Free PDF). I thought it would be nice to offer a few extra pieces before students move on to my Classical Guitar Method Volume 2.
Here is the YouTube lesson link if you want to watch it there.
This is beautiful! It’s alot of fun to play simple pieces that sound so much harder than they are!
I like this piece for left hand thumb
Nice piece. Glad you added it to your Method 1 repertoire. I particularly like the second variation which sounds somewhat like tremolo for beginners.