Play Leyenda, Canarios, and Bach on Classical Guitar
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Play Leyenda, Canarios, and Bach on Classical Guitar

Learn how to make sense of scale practice, develop relaxed and efficient technique, and perform with confidence.
4.8 (6 ratings)
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Created by Brian Riggs
Last updated 11/2015
English
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Includes:
  • 7.5 hours on-demand video
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Play "Canarios" by Gasper Sanz, "Gavottes 1 and 2" by J.S. Bach, and "Leyenda" by Isaac Albeniz up to a performance standard
  • Improve your technique and play in a relaxed and efficient way as you play technical exercises that are unique to the course and prepare for every challenge in each of the pieces
  • Learn the point of practicing scales and how to make the most of your scale practice.
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Requirements
  • You should be able to play at least simple pieces, studies, etudes, etc. on the guitar
  • You don't need to be an expert on reading notes by any means (every note in the course is demonstrated on video, so you can always follow along that way), but a basic knowledge of musical notation would be helpful
  • You can choose to follow along with the videos, but you may find it helpful to download and/or print the sheet music PDFs. Multiple lectures are on one sheet, so it's easy to follow along and you won't be overwhelmed with pages.
Description

This course is all about helping you realize your potential as a classical guitarist as you learn to play 3 great pieces from the classical guitar repertoire, Canarios, Gavottes 1 and 2, and Leyenda. You’ll follow a step-by-step course that shows you the most beneficial way to practice scales, how to use technical exercises, and how to play the 3 pieces at a performance standard.

What you can expect to get out of the course

  • You'll be able to see consistent progress as you follow an organized system
  • Practicing will be a pleasure as you improve your guitar skills, have more relaxed finger movements, and develop greater ability of musical expression
  • You'll feel the encouraging sense of accomplishment as you play pieces all the way through
  • You'll get answers to many of your questions about classical guitar playing

Your main goal for the course is to play 3 pieces from the classical guitar repertoire, Canarios, Gavottes 1 and 2, and Leyenda. The premise of the course is that you'll have much more success if you thoughtfully prepare before jumping into the pieces.

Playing the classical guitar is such a multi-sensory experience, and a video-based course is a great way to learn at your own pace. You know that there are no shortcuts, but by following a logical course that starts easy and gradually gets more challenging your experience will be much easier and rewarding.

Classical guitar is beautiful and complex, but that complexity can be intimidating, so in this course every musical phrase will be broken into a manageable piece that's easy to work with, and easy to put back into the whole of the piece.

The course starts with some brief introductory lectures that review the basics of the classical guitar approach, and then moves into scales. You'll customize your scale practice so that you're ready for each piece. It would be good to have some experience playing higher up on the fret-board, but you'll review the notes on the fret-board in the scales section, so you're prepared for everything that follows. Next, you'll start playing technical exercises that are unique to this course to prepare you for the piece that you'll be playing.

The lectures show the hands from a variety of angles, and in the lecture descriptions you can find the time where each camera angle changes. The lectures on the pieces start with a small chunk played up to speed, then a slow walk-through the notes, followed by a more in-depth lesson on each hand.

You'll also get downloadable PDF files of every scale, exercise, and piece, so not only will you receive a full score of "Leyenda" and the other pieces that are in the course, but you'll have a clear view of how to play every single note. This course doesn't contain any guitar tablature, but remember that you will be able to see and hear every last note in the course in the video lectures.

I hope you'll continue your journey with this course by clicking the button that says "Start Learning Now" and enrolling in the course and enjoying lifetime access to the lecture videos and sheet music files. Thanks for reading and I wish you the best with your guitar playing.

Who is the target audience?
  • This course is for intermediate and beyond classical guitarists
  • If you have played classical guitar for a while already and want to realize your potential, this will be a great course for you
  • This course is not for beginning guitarists or guitarists who want to learn from tabs (the musical examples don't include tablature)
  • If you are an advanced rock/blues/jazz player who wants to learn how to play classical guitar pieces, you'll enjoy this course
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Curriculum For This Course
Expand All 70 Lectures Collapse All 70 Lectures 07:30:28
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Making Sense of Rhythm and Meter- make sure this section makes sense
3 Lectures 10:08

This lecture contains the downloadable PDF file that you will use for this and the next two lectures.

0:34- Close up of both hands


Preview 02:48


Close-up of both hands 0:20

Practice reading meter signatures-put you're knowledge to the test
02:32
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Connect your Scales to "Canarios"- How to practice so you're well-prepared
2 Lectures 08:38

This lecture contains the downloadable PDF file that you will use for this and the next lecture.

Close-up of left hand 0:21

Close-up of right hand 2:40

Preparing for "Canarios" with two fingerings of the D Major scale
05:25

Close-up of both hands 0:12

Practicing strategies for D Major scales so you're ready for "Canarios"
03:13
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Develop relaxed technique so you can play "Canarios" in a well-executed way
4 Lectures 26:39

This lecture contains the downloadable PDF file for the technical exercises that you'll use in this section to prepare to play Canarios.

Musical example with close-up of both hands 0:41

Close-up of right hand 1:30

Close-up of left hand 4:20

Your first exercise to prepare for "Canarios"- expand on your scale playing
06:59

Musical example with close-up of both hands 0:36

Close-up of right hand 1:47

Close-up of left hand 5:43

This exercise looks easy, but it's essential you get the accents right
08:05

Musical example with close-up of both hands 0:23

Close-up of left hand 1:55

Close-up of right hand 3:07

Work on your hammer-ons and pull-offs, this a big part of "Canarios"
04:31

Musical example with close-up of both hands 0:34

Close-up of right hand 1:24

Close-up of left hand 3:28

This exercise will help you develop an efficient and effective right-hand
07:04
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Playing the piece- This is where you start learning the notes to "Canarios"
7 Lectures 01:05:27

This lecture has the downloadable PDF file of the sheet music that you'll be using for Canarios.

Notes up to speed 0:14

Slow 0:28

Close-up of left hand 2:20

Close-up of right hand 5:45

Make a strong opening statement with "Canarios"- the pickup measure to measure 8
10:20

Notes up to speed 0:18

Slow 0:31

Close-up of left hand 1:58

Close-up of right hand 6:50

Moving up the fret-board and alternating between 6/8 and 3/4--measure 8 to 16
09:41

Notes up to speed 0:23

Slow 0:40

Close-up to left hand 2:30

Close-up of right hand 7:40

Shifting accurately and with confidence-measures 16 to 28
12:43

Notes up to speed 0:22

Slow 0:40

Close-up of left hand 2:21

Close-up of right hand 5:35

Going into the development section of "Canarios"-measure 16 to 40
09:07

Notes up to speed 0:31

Slow 0:59

Close-up of right hand 2:21

Close-up of left hand 4:35

Using your right hand to keep the energy going- measure 41 to 48
06:58

The piece 0:24

Discussion 2:00

Playing "Canarios" all the way through- Putting the notes together
04:02

Notes up to speed 0:22

Slow 0:37

Close-up of left hand 2:20

Close-up of right hand 7:30

Make sure you give "Canarios" a strong ending- measure 49 to the end
12:36
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Scale playing and "Gavottes 1 and 2 "- Make the most of your practice time
2 Lectures 08:30

Close-up of left hand 0:24

Close-up of right hand 2:24

Preparing for the Gavottes with two fingerings of the A minor scale
04:47

Close-up of both hands 0:10

Practicing strategies for these scales that will prepare you for the Gavottes
03:43
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Gavottes 1 and 2- Progressive exercises that will prepare your technique
4 Lectures 23:42

This lecture contains the downloadable PDF file that contains all the musical examples that you'll use in this section as you prepare for the Gavotte 1 and 2.

Musical exercise 0:44

Close-up of right hand 1:41

Close-up of left hand 3:46

Developing the rhythmic idea that you'll be using in the Gavotte 1
05:19

Musical exercise 0:30

Close-up of right hand 1:18

Close-up of left hand 3:07

Use your technique to keep the flow going even as you add more notes
04:30

Musical exercise 0:24

Close-up of right hand 1:23

Close-up of left hand 3:09

Triplets with quarter note bass notes- how to start sounding like 2 guitarists
05:31

Musical exercise 0:43

Close-up of left hand 1:53

Close-up of right hand 6:36

Developing loose but secure barres and hinges so you can play the Gavotte 2
08:22
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Playing the piece- Start playing "Gavotte 1"
7 Lectures 01:02:16

This lecture contains the PDF file of the sheet music for the Gavotte 1. The Gavotte 2 sheet music file is in the first lecture of the next section.

Notes up to speed 0:20

Slow 0:36

Close-up of left hand 1:40

Close-up of right hand 5:25

How to get the Gavotte dance feel right away- measures 1 to 6
07:43

Notes up to speed 0:20

Slow 0:37

Close-up of left hand 1:57

Close-up of right hand 8:23

Working up the fret-board and develop your left-hand- measure 6 to 12
12:57

Notes up to speed 0:20

Slow 0:32

Close-up of left hand 1:41

Close-up of right hand 5:22

This section will continue to keep your left-hand on it's toes- measure 12 to 16
08:46

Notes up to speed 0:31

Slow 0:32

Close-up of left hand 2:07

Close-up of right hand 6:37

Build the drama as you move towards a cadence on C Major- measures 17 to 24
11:44

Notes up to speed 0:15

Slow 0:32

Close-up of left hand 1:50

Close-up of right hand 5:50

Build the musical tension while keeping your hands relaxed- measures 24 to 30
09:24

Notes up to speed 0:17

Slow 0:32

Close-up of left hand 2:05

Close-up of right hand 4:20

Bring the Gavotte 1 to a strong finish-measure 30 to the end
07:50

Performance 0:26

Discussion 1:44

Playing the "Gavotte 1" all the way through- Put the musical ideas together
03:52
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Playing the Gavotte 2 (sometimes called the "Gavotte Double"
6 Lectures 57:05

This lecture contains the PDF file for the sheet music for Gavotte 2.

Notes up to speed 0:15

Slow 0:27

Close-up of right hand 1:29

Close-up of left hand 5:18

The main theme, execute this well and you're in good shape- pickup to measure 4
09:16

Notes up to speed 0:19

Slow 0:31

Close-up of left hand 2:14

Close-up of right hand 7:01

The beginning of the B Section- a doable challenge- measures 4 to 8
11:34

Notes up to speed 0:19

Slow 0:39

Close-up of left hand 2:31

Close-up of right hand 9:03

Re-state the main theme and then move on-measures 8 to 14
12:17

Notes up to speed 0:22

Slow 0:32

Close-up of left hand 1:52

Close-up of right hand 6:55

Continue building the musical drama as you near the end- measures 15 to 17
09:16

Notes up to speed 0:13

Slow 0:24

Close-up of left hand 2:10

Close-up of right hand 6:09

Finish the Gavotte 2 with reckless abandon- measures 18 to the end
09:56

Performance 0:30

Discussion 1:28

Playing the Gavotte 2 all the way through- some strategies for practicing
04:46
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About the Instructor
Brian Riggs
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Guitar Teacher

My name is Brian Riggs and I am a classical guitarist and guitar teacher from Chicago, IL. I have a degree in classical guitar performance from the Chicago College of Performing Arts, and I've played in master classes with some amazing guitarists, most notably Christopher Parkening at his class at Montana State University.

I want to share what I've learned from those experiences with as many people as possible; Some of my most satisfying musical experiences have been seeing students make progress and become musicians in their own right. I've taught thousands of lessons in person and I've had the great experience of helping people fulfill their musical goals and realizing their potential as guitarists.