Etude 1 Villa-Lobos Analysis

It's been a while since I have done an analysis. A few people have asked about Villa-Lobos Etude No. 1 so I thought I would give it a shot. Download the PDF at the end of this article. My analysis…

Three Traditional Christmas Carols 

I put together a set of three carols for the holidays that I hope you will enjoy!

"O Little Town of Bethlehem", "Il Est Né, Le Divin Enfant" and "Quelle Est Cette Odeur Agréable?" 

I started using a new service…

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Solo Guitar-Waltz for Debby/Some Other Time 

...listening to some Bill Evans and decided to arrange a couple of things for guitar; "Waltz for Debby" composed by Bill Evans (1929-1980) and "Some Other Time" from On the Town composed by Leonard Bernstein (1918-1990). If there is enough…

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Another Carulli Reharmonization 

One more Carulli study reharmonized. This one is a bit more difficult but should follow up nicely with the previous two. I used the Andante in A minor from Carulli's method book Méthode Complète Op. 27 as a template. I…

Carulli Reharmonized 

Here are two simple and well known Carulli studies in G major which I reharmonized in a way similar to the way I reharmonized the previous Sor studies. The idea was to preserve the quality and character of the…

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Fun with Polyrhythms

Polyrhythm is the simultaneous combination of contrasting or conflicting rhythms. As guitarists we often encounter these patterns in contemporary composition. As a jazz guitarist, these rhythmic patterns can be used most effectively in soloing and comping, setting up complex rhythmic…

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What Would Sor Do? 

OK, enough analysis. Now let's put theory into practice. Below is a reharmonization of the well known Study No. 2 from Op. 6 by Fernando Sor. This is the little study in A major that many of us know as…

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Choros No. 1 Villa-Lobos Analysis

An analysis of Choros No. 1 by Heitor Villa-Lobos is today’s topic. Because of copyright restrictions I am unable to publish the score, but I am able to publish a reduction analysis showing the harmonic functions as well as the…

Villa-Lobos Etude 2 Analysis

It was suggested to me to work on an analysis of Etude No. 2 from Heitor Villa-Lobos' Twelve Etudes for Guitar by an excellent Chilean guitarist. Because this work is still under copyright I have only included the notes within…

Carcassi Op. 60 No. 1 Hidden Structure

Who would of thought that voice-leading is present in a piece like Study No. 1 from Carcassi's Twenty-Five Melodious and Progressive Studies, Op. 60? After all, isn't it just a bunch of scales and arpeggios? That is what I thought…

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Allemande Lute Suite 1, BWV 996 - Analysis

Analysis of the Allemande from Lute Suite 1, BWV 996 by J.S. Bach was most rewarding. Here is another piece I have played for generations without ever considering it's complexities. For a little eighteen measure piece it's loaded with them…