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3 Medieval Guitar Songs (12th-16th centuries)

Step back to the Middle Ages with these 3 medieval guitar songs. Arranged for easy classical guitar, these famous tunes will add colorful variety to your repertoire.  You'll be able to learn the notes quickly, and spend your time polishing and refining your phrasing and expression. If you're an intermediate or advanced player, these pieces present wonderful (and optional) high-level musical challenges, without the "note problems" of denser music.

Piece #1: Virelai: Quant Je Suis Mis, by Guillaume Machaut (1330-1377)

virelai classical guitar machautA "virelai" is a style of poem that was popular in the medieval times.  The meter of the poem was variable, but they did ultimately rhyme, and contain 3 lines per stanza. Machaut was one of the most important composers of his day, and this medieval guitar song can be repeated as many times as you like.

Challenges You'll Face in Virelai: Quant Je Suis Mis:

  • A syncopated (off-beat) rhythm
  • Keeping rolled chords in rhythm
  • Using specific fingerings in both hands
  • Balancing melody and accompaniment
  • Connecting the melody notes

Piece #2: Für All Ich Krön, by Hans Voit (1545)

fur all ich kron voit guitar Für All Ich Krön, by Hans Voit is a delightful piece from the medieval period. One of the most notable features is that the melody and bass accompaniment move as one.   The challenge is this:you must connect the melody notes while also moving the bass note, and balance the two in volume.

Challenges You'll Face in Für All Ich Krön:

  • Connecting melody notes
  • Holding one note while another changes
  • Using specific fingerings in both hands
  • Balancing melody and bass
  • Moving two fingers at a time

Piece #3: Ja Nuns Hons Pris, by Richard the Lionhearted (1194)

ja nuns hons pris richard lionhearted guitar Richard the Lionhearted was the original warrior-king.  Also rare was for such a leader to also be a musician. Ja Nuns Hons Pris is the most popular of Richard the Lionhearted's pieces.

Challenges You'll Face in Ja Nuns Hons Pris:

  • Stretches between the 3rd and 4th finger
  • Triplet rhythms
  • Using specific fingerings in both hands
  • Balancing melody and accompaniment
  • Connecting the melody notes


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This course is at the EARLY INTERMEDIATE level. This means that most of the notes will be in the lower positions, with occasional notes moving into higher positions (usually just on the 1st string). The rhythms are mostly simple. Chords are mostly common, open-position. TABs are included for an alternative to music notation. For more advanced players, pieces in this level can be used as a study to improve learning, memorization, and phrasing techniques.

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The courses you’ll find here on Classical Guitar Shed are among the most in-depth, detailed and high-quality classical guitar courses available anywhere.  Each course explores a single guitar skill or piece of music.  And each course features high-quality HD video with multiple camera angles, as well as one-of-a-kind custom learning materials. This means you always know exactly what’s going on.

Repertoire and skills are divided into small sections or concepts, and worked through one at a time. You’ll get suggestions on varied subjects, which may include:

  • How to count and play any tricky rhythms
  • How to polish difficult transitions
  • How to phrase the music, when to swell or fade
  • How to apply advanced phrasing techniques to make the music more beautiful
  • How to practice so you learn the piece most quickly
  • How to memorize the music more easily
  • How to troubleshoot hard spots
  • How to avoid common traps that slow players down
  • How to make small changes that make big differences
  • How to understand the composer’s intentions
  • How to choose the right tone quality for each part
  • How to make the melody sing
  • How to make the rhythm more lively
  • How to practice to increase your speed and precision
  • How to maintain the piece after you learn it
  • among others

When you purchase a CGS Course, you get lifetime access to all videos and materials.  You also get full support and your questions get answered via on-page comment or email.

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Allen Mathews

Hi, I’m Allen Mathews. 

I started as a folk guitarist, then fell in love with classical guitar in my 20’s. Despite a lot of practice and schooling, I still couldn’t get my music to flow well. I struggled with excess tension. My music sounded forced. And my hands and body were often sore. I got frustrated, and couldn’t see the way forward. Then, over the next decade, I studied with two other stellar teachers – one focused on the technical movements, and one on the musical (he was a concert pianist). In time, I came to discover a new set of formulas and movements. These brought new life and vitality to my practice. Now I help guitarists find more comfort and flow in their music, so they play more beautifully.
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