Lesson: Siciliano by Carcassi (beginner)

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Classical Guitar LessonSiciliano (Sicilienne) for Classical Guitar
by Matteo Carcassi (1792-1853)
From: Classical Guitar Method Vol I • Beginner. Notation, 80 pg: Free PDF
Level: Easy, Beginner

This lesson is for my graded repertoire lesson series which you can find halfway down the lesson archive page. When I teach guitar I have the student set up a model for technique and then they try to maintain that model when playing pieces. Therefore, straightforward pieces without too many weird shapes and stretches are very important for beginner to around grade 3 level students. This excludes many pieces but as a core set of works it is important.

This piece is a simple two voice piece with only open string bass notes. It is a great piece for students to practice a melody in the top voice. As a check point for my students I have them play The Swan, Leyenda Theme, then Siciliano. This helps them to understand melodies in the top voice then the lower and to balance the music accordingly.


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Bradford Werner is a guitarist and teacher living in Victoria, BC, Canada. He teaches at the Victoria Conservatory of Music, a private studio, and performs as a freelancing musician. He also plays in the Victoria Guitar Trio, a group focusing on new music commissions by Canadian composers. This is Classical Guitar is based in Victoria, BC, Canada. Check out more Victoria posts at Classical Guitar in Victoria.

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