Classical Guitar for the Blues, Jazz & Rock Player by Andrew Leonard and Truefire.com
Author: Andrew Leonard
Level: Beginner | Late Beginner | Intermediate | Late-Intermediate|
Features: 8 Tabs (.pdf)
Lessons: 86 Video Lessons (3 hours and 56 minutes)
Today, I am going to discuss a course for those interested in getting started in classical music on the guitar. “Classical Guitar for the Blues, Jazz and Rock Player” by Andrew Leonard and Truefire.com is meant to introduce you to the techniques and pieces that are associated with the classical guitar. It is meant to be a transitioning course for those of you who never touched the classical genre and those who come from the realms of rock, blues or jazz.
The course is divided into two sections. Starting out with an introductory section in which you are getting briefed on the basics of classical guitar playing such as posture, gadgets as well as playing technique, you are going to get an initial impression of what to expect when you decide to study this particular musical genre. The instructor takes his time to ensure that everything you need to know in terms of preparations and proper posture is covered.
The second part of the course consists of a selection of themes or excerpts of famous classical pieces that serve as appetizer for you. In this section, you see the themes being performed by the instructor as well as broken down by him step by step, teaching you exactly how to play it. All themes are accompanied by notation/tabs that allow you to either print the sheet music for your own studies, download it on your smartphone or laptop or simply play along as you play yourself through the course. This section serves as a source of reference and something you can play around with.
Let’s have a look at the pieces or themes that you are going to learn following this course. The selection comprises 7 themes that were taken from well-known classical pieces that could be arguably be called essentials of the classical repertoire for a guitar player. You are going to be taught two signature pieces of the Classical Guitar that is usually associated with the Spanish Guitar, namely Malagueña a classical riff, if you wish, and Spanish Romance.
Furthermore, you are getting introduced to several high-classed composers that are usually connected with the classical guitar, such as Isaac Albéniz (Leyenda) and Francisco Tarréga (Lagrima). Those two composers are amongst my personal favorite ones on the guitar. Their pieces are very challenging but also very rewarding. Studying the classical guitar means having to deal with those two composers and their legendary pieces.
Classical guitar, however, is not just about Spanish composers, which is why you are also going to get introduced to other famous people that contributed hugely to the development of the guitar as a mainstream instrument of the 20th century and beyond.
With Mauro Giuliani’s Le Papillon (Op. 50 No. 13) and Johann Sebastian Bach’s Bourrée in Em as well as a famous theme of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart by Fernando Sor, you get to know famous composers from Italy and Germany that are probably the most famous names associated with classical music.
This collection of themes and pieces are a great starting point to get introduced to the classical genre on the guitar. You have a pretty broad repertoire that you can play around with and see if that style truly suits you. You get briefed in music history as well as different styles that all contribute to what is regarded as a timeless era of music and particularly the guitar.
All lessons are broken down into several sections so you can practice small chunks at first until you get the whole piece correct. The demonstration is clearly visible, the audio quality decent and the provided .pdf charts help a lot in following the lessons and play the pieces on your own without the need to constantly follow the videos.
The only topic that I have been missing throughout the course was a lecture on how to sight read with some basic examples, but that may be too much for an introductory course as this represents a major skill in general.
Let’s conclude my impression of Classical Guitar for the Blues, Jazz & Rock Player by Andrew Leonard, produced for Truefire.com. If you are trying to get in touch with a historically and musically rich genre, no matter what your current skill level is, wanting to receive an overview of important names, styles and pieces associated with that genre, then you have come to the right place. This course is meant as an introduction to classical music on the guitar, nothing more.
Don’t expect a full-fleshed course that will make you a superstar on the classical guitar. This course gives you an overview, that’s what it is meant to do, and it does so in a very interesting way. It might be the first step of your career as a classical guitarist!
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This course was kindly provided by Truefire.com for the purpose of a review.