This lesson comes from my new book Classical Guitar Repertoire Lessons Grade 1 – Eight pieces at the grade one level with dedicated lessons preparing you for each piece. Check it out at Werner Guitar Editions!
Lección 70 by Julio Sagreras (1879–1942), from Primeras lecciones de guitarra. Sagreras was an Argentine guitarist and composer. This study is another enjoyable piece that is a small step up in level from my method books but shouldn’t require much practice besides playing the melody and chords separately. The key is E minor. Practice the melody on its own and some of the chord shapes to prepare the piece.
I have been playing folk music and rhythm guitar since high school. So lots of strumming and finger picking. And bad habits. I am going to be 75 years old next month. I am presently tackling classical guitar. My question is related to whether perfecting a lesson is more important than moving steadily forward to keep the overall progress going. I am using Sagreras Book 1. I am currently on lessons 66-69. My piano teacher when I was in junior high would give me silver or gold stars or have me continue working on a particular lesson for another week, but unless I was really struggling she would always assign the next lesson. I would attempt to learn it without having heard it and then play it for her at the next lesson, but Until I heard her play it, I just didn’t have the feel and timing for the piece. So I appreciate the online lessons community. Where do you think the emphasis should lie?
P.S. what do think of Tommy Emmanuel?
I think a certain about of your practice should be high quality playing which likely means either easy material or material you’ve practiced and can play well. A small percent can be “moving forward” or challenge material. The main thing is to play well as often as possible because that will form your foundation and muscle/musical memory. So it’s more about finding a balance in the practice room rather than any specific piece of music.
ps. Ya, he’s good, but different style of course. Tons of awesome steel-string players these days.
The beginner material Bradford has chosen is perfect. Unique, playable, and enjoyable. No tricky reaches or techniques that other beginner books let slip in too quickly.
I was worried that printing a pdf would yield a lousy book but I’m impressed at how well my simple staple job did.