Giuliani Left Hand Interval Studies, Op.1, Part 2

Left Hand Interval Studies (Left Hand Exercises) by Mauro Giuliani (1781-1829).

Left Hand Interval Studies (Left Hand Exercises) by Mauro Giuliani (1781-1829) for Classical Guitar. PDF sheet music or tab and lessons for classical guitar. Includes both a Notation-Only Edition and a TAB Edition. The level depends on your tempo and determination (Approximately Grade 4-9). See lesson video for more info on the level and intentions. Left Hand Fingering. 84 pages. This is a PDF download. 

My Sheet Music Edition and Samples (PDF)

This work is from Giuliani’s Studio per la Chitarra, Op.1, Part 2. These studies lean more toward a technique exercise experience but there are a number of nice musical moments making them enjoyable while offering numerous benefits for musical and technical development as well as reading skills and interval recognition of the guitar. 

I have used Giuliani’s fingerings for the majority of this edition (around 95%). However, his smaller guitar, use of the left hand thumb, and some irregularities have led to small changes and modernization of fingerings for this edition. Giuliani’s fingerings are not ideal in terms of legato phrasing and smooth technical movements. His fingerings emphasize position playing and the physical workout involved in jumping from shape to shape in close proximity. There are benefits to learning to “cover up” or “hide” non-legato fingerings by making our movements as quick and sustained as possible. Here’s the YouTube Lesson Link if you want to watch it there. 

Overview Lesson Video

Thirds in C Major

Sixths in C Major

3 Comments

  1. These are great studies. I don’t think you mentioned that you had previously done lessons for numbers 5 and 7. After I saw those lessons I was inspired to start working up some of the others. I’ve made it through 9 so far and there’s no doubt they improve your left hand technique. Looking forward to seeing some of the others.

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