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.
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  • Lectures 70
  • Length 7.5 hours
  • Skill Level Intermediate Level
  • Languages English
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About This Course

Published 11/2015 English

Course 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.

What are the 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.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • 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.

What 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

Section 1: Introduction
Introduction- How to course is laid and how to make the most of it
Preview
02:18
Section 2: A brief classical guitar overview before jumping in.
Sitting Position-How to make sure you're not working from a disadvantage
Preview
01:54
Right Hand Nails- Some basic strategies
Preview
01:07
Section 3: Making Sense of Rhythm and Meter- make sure this section makes sense
02:48

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


04:48

0:16 close up of both hands

02:32

Close-up of both hands 0:20

Section 4: Connect your Scales to "Canarios"- How to practice so you're well-prepared
05:25

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

03:13

Close-up of both hands 0:12

Section 5: Develop relaxed technique so you can play "Canarios" in a well-executed way
06:59

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

08:05

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

Close-up of right hand 1:47

Close-up of left hand 5:43

04:31

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

Close-up of left hand 1:55

Close-up of right hand 3:07

07:04

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

Close-up of right hand 1:24

Close-up of left hand 3:28

Section 6: Playing the piece- This is where you start learning the notes to "Canarios"
10:20

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

09:41

Notes up to speed 0:18

Slow 0:31

Close-up of left hand 1:58

Close-up of right hand 6:50

12:43

Notes up to speed 0:23

Slow 0:40

Close-up to left hand 2:30

Close-up of right hand 7:40

09:07

Notes up to speed 0:22

Slow 0:40

Close-up of left hand 2:21

Close-up of right hand 5:35

06:58

Notes up to speed 0:31

Slow 0:59

Close-up of right hand 2:21

Close-up of left hand 4:35

04:02

The piece 0:24

Discussion 2:00

12:36

Notes up to speed 0:22

Slow 0:37

Close-up of left hand 2:20

Close-up of right hand 7:30

Section 7: Scale playing and "Gavottes 1 and 2 "- Make the most of your practice time
04:47

Close-up of left hand 0:24

Close-up of right hand 2:24

03:43

Close-up of both hands 0:10

Section 8: Gavottes 1 and 2- Progressive exercises that will prepare your technique
05:19

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

04:30

Musical exercise 0:30

Close-up of right hand 1:18

Close-up of left hand 3:07

05:31

Musical exercise 0:24

Close-up of right hand 1:23

Close-up of left hand 3:09

08:22

Musical exercise 0:43

Close-up of left hand 1:53

Close-up of right hand 6:36

Section 9: Playing the piece- Start playing "Gavotte 1"
07:43

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

12:57

Notes up to speed 0:20

Slow 0:37

Close-up of left hand 1:57

Close-up of right hand 8:23

08:46

Notes up to speed 0:20

Slow 0:32

Close-up of left hand 1:41

Close-up of right hand 5:22

11:44

Notes up to speed 0:31

Slow 0:32

Close-up of left hand 2:07

Close-up of right hand 6:37

09:24

Notes up to speed 0:15

Slow 0:32

Close-up of left hand 1:50

Close-up of right hand 5:50

07:50

Notes up to speed 0:17

Slow 0:32

Close-up of left hand 2:05

Close-up of right hand 4:20

03:52

Performance 0:26

Discussion 1:44

Section 10: Playing the Gavotte 2 (sometimes called the "Gavotte Double"
09:16

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

11:34

Notes up to speed 0:19

Slow 0:31

Close-up of left hand 2:14

Close-up of right hand 7:01

12:17

Notes up to speed 0:19

Slow 0:39

Close-up of left hand 2:31

Close-up of right hand 9:03

09:16

Notes up to speed 0:22

Slow 0:32

Close-up of left hand 1:52

Close-up of right hand 6:55

09:56

Notes up to speed 0:13

Slow 0:24

Close-up of left hand 2:10

Close-up of right hand 6:09

04:46

Performance 0:30

Discussion 1:28

Section 11: Using Scale Practice to prepare for "Leyenda"
04:26

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

Close-up of left hand 0:27

Close-up of right hand 2:25

04:06

Close-up of both hands 0:12

Section 12: Prepare for the challenges of "Leyenda" in advance
03:40

This lecture contains the downloadable PDF file that contains all the musical examples that you'll use in this section.

Musical exercise 0:24

Close-up of right hand 1:00

Close-up of left hand 2:16

03:04

All right hand

07:41

Musical exercise 0:25

Close-up of right hand 1:55

Close-up of left hand 6:08

03:35

Musical exercise 0:21

Close-up of right hand 1:02

Close-up of left hand 2:19

03:23

Musical exercise 0:17

Close-up of right hand 0:54

Close-up of left hand 2:10

Section 13: The part you've been working towards, playing the A Section of "Leyenda"
10:51

This lecture contains the sheet music file for the entire piece (both A and B sections, as well as the coda) for Leyenda.

Notes up to speed 0:22

Slow 1:02

Close-up of right hand 5:07

Close-up of left hand 8:05

11:59

Notes up to speed 0:27

Slow 0:40

Close-up of right hand 3:02

Close-up of left hand 8:15

09:15

Notes up to speed 0:20

Slow 0:39

Close-up of right hand 2:56

Close-up of left hand 7:17

09:33

Notes up to speed 0:17

Slow 0:36

04:50

Notes up to speed 0:14

Slow 0:26

Close-up of right hand 1:14

Close-up of left hand 3:37

07:28

Notes up to speed 0:20

Slow 0:39

Close-up of right hand 2:01

Close-up of left hand 4:29

09:16

Notes up to speed 0:18

Slow 0:36

Close-up of right hand 2:00

Close-up of left hand 5:05

03:15

Performance 0:56

Discussion 2:49

Section 14: Playing the B Section to Leyenda
The opening of the B section, a change of mood and texture
07:48
05:27

Notes up to speed 0:13

Slow 0:35

Close-up of right hand 1:49

Close-up of left hand 3:05



07:40

Notes up to speed 0:27

Slow 0:44

Close-up of right hand 2:12

Close-up of left hand 4:21

09:36

Notes up to speed 0:15

Slow 0:35

Close-up of left hand 3:18

Close-up of right hand 7:16

10:59

Notes up to speed 0:19

Slow 0:45

Close-up of left hand 3:20

Close-up of right hand 7:04

07:58

Notes up to speed 0:45

Slow 1:00

Close-up of right hand 2:45

Close-up of left hand 4:49

04:33

Notes up to speed 0:25

Slow 0:48

Close-up of right hand 1:35

Close-up of left hand 2:44

11:17

Notes up to speed 0:15

Slow 0:50

Close-up of right hand 2:05

Close-up of left hand 7:28

03:31

Performance 0:26

Discussion 2:22

01:35

Performance 0:21

Discussion 0:56

Section 15: Understanding Form so you can give a good performance
How to make sense of form in Canarios
03:01
Form and Gavotte 1 and 2- you can think of it as 1 big piece or 2 small pieces
02:44
Ternary form and Leyenda- learn how to play piece all the way through
02:36
Section 16: Performing- The joy of playing for other or even just yourself
Getting the big picture of piece- a different kind of practicing
04:02
Preparing for a performance- this is distinct from preparing the notes
01:32
Imagination- express yourself through music
01:08
Section 17: Conclusion- An overview of all that you've learned to do and where to go next
Conclusion- Congratulations and where I ask for one favor.
00:55

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Instructor Biography

Brian Riggs, 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.

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