Beginning Classical Guitar|
|What you learn:
Andante II (Fernando Sor)|
Lesson Sample - Andante II
Storm: Hello class, here's another classic
performed on guitar called Andante II. This piece is composed by Fernando Sor. Sor was one of the first
musicians to promote the
guitar as a feature classical
instrument. Fernando performed in Spain, France and much
of Europe in the late 18th and early 19th century. He composed many works for
the guitar including a method for Spanish guitar. Many consider Sor to be one the most
important composers of his time, launching the first Golden Age for guitar as a prominent
Storm: Andante II is in the key of C which has no
sharps or flats. The title "Andante" translates from Italian term 'walking tempo'.
The composition is in 4/4 time signature and played between 80 - 110 beats per
minute, but in the lesson sample is performed at about 108 BPM. The start of the piece emphasizes sustained bass notes with a quarter note
melody. Most of the first 8 bars revolve around the C, F, and G major chords.
Try holding the bass notes for their full value to bring out the definition
between both parts. Notice how the chord forms for the next 4
Storm: Here's the music:
Bar 7 introduces half notes in the bass for two counts each. Bar 8 introduces
quarter notes in the bass with one beat, then you play a melody, and by bar 8
the C note down for four counts.
Storm: You play two chords for the next four bars
and then move
between G and C.
Storm: Bars 9 and 10 are repeated in bars 11
and 12. Here are the chord forms for the next 4
The G/D chord is simply the strings played open. Here's the next four measures.
Notice a 'motifs' running throughout the song and the use of the open G
Here are bars 25-28.
Storm: We're on the home stretch now. You
the first measures.
Storm: Here are the last four measures, with a
total of 32 to complete the composition.
Storm: Classical guitar maestro Andrea Segovia
recognized the importance of Sor as an educator as well as a composer, Segovia
recorded a selected 20 compositions of Sor's 'educational' pieces. Sor educational studies
musically satisfying and used for both purposes by students and performers.
one is your favorite study?
Storm: I like no 2. Nice workout for the
thumb. Try getting Segovia's recordings of
these. Try Recital de Guitarra. OK any last
Storm: Segovia lived over 100 years, I think 1890's to
1990's sometime. Thanks for 'tuning in'. Have a great
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