Lesson: Waltz by Bartolomé Calatayud for Classical Guitar
Level: RCM Bridges Grade One (Easy)
Sheet Music Book (Sheet Music Plus): RCM Bridges Guitar Grade One
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 beautiful little waltz by Bartolomé Calatayud is a piece that really feels like a beginner’s first ‘big’ piece. The nice melody, easy shapes, and repeated pattern is great for working on voice independence and balance. Bring out and shape the melody and soften the other voices. Get the book and follow the video lessons. Remember to keep good posture and positions (I’ve included a video for that too).
Video Link & Source: https://youtu.be/VljDPh0lQJE
Video Link & Source: https://youtu.be/xw4AVD601Yc