Here is a list of Matteo Carcassi’s (1792–1853) Op. 60 Etudes No.1-25 for classical guitar. They are all free sheet music pdfs in the public domain. Opus 60 represents one of the classical guitar’s most famous and useful collections of studies. Why? They are clean and clear pedagogical pieces that need to be played well due to their relatively simple musical ideas. Don’t get me wrong, I like the etudes and there is a certain level of complexity but they will not be remembered for their artistic qualities in the same way that, for example, Beethoven’s works have been. They are simply good etudes for learning because they are clear and uncluttered compositions. You usually only have one or two main tasks (technically/musically) to accomplish in each work. As a teacher I enjoy using Carcassi etudes because the student has to present the notes to me in a clear and minimalist, yet elegant, Classical style. The etudes are an excellent balance between clear musical ideas and and straight-forward pedagogical tasks. The 25 etudes in the collection are pretty comprehensive of Classical era technique and musical considerations.
Free Public Domain Sheet Music – These are the original publications and actually look and print fairly well. However, you should also consider getting a modern copy (see below) to see how modern guitarists approach these etudes.
- Carcassi Etude Op.60, No.1
- Carcassi Etude, Op.60, No.2
Notation & TAB (Tablature)
- Ten Classical Etudes. Contains some of these etudes by Carcassi. PDF, videos lessons, everything you need to learn.
- Carcassi Etude No.1, Op.60, Lesson Video, Free Notation or TAB
- Carcassi: Etude No. 6, Op. 60, Lesson Video, Notation or TAB
- Carcassi: Etude No.7, Op. 60, Lesson Video, Free Notation or TAB
- Carcassi: Etude No. 10, Op. 60, Lesson Video, Notation or TAB
- Carcassi: Study No. 14, Op. 60, Lesson Video, Notation or TAB
- Carcassi: Study No. 19, Op. 60, Lesson Video, Notation or TAB
Modern Editions on Amazon
Etude No. 1: This is a great etude for scale work and arpeggios. In fact it sums up two very important technique elements in one nice and short little composition. Although most people play the scale runs legato, I’d recommend following the facsimile instruction to play staccato at least up to the transitional material toward the arpeggios. The staccato might help the idea of pre= preparation in the right hand. Play legato too if you like the sound but doing both is preferable in the practice room.
Etude No. 6: This is a spectacular etude for gaining control of the right-hand balance in a two-voice texture. I really like to flip the dynamic markings around too and play the longer note values forte and the eighth-notes piano. It’s so good at teaching students to have some subtlety and elegant balance in their playing.