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Tárrega, Francisco – Study in C

Francisco Tarrega (November 21st, 1852 – December 15th, 1909) is often called "The Father of the Guitar".  He was a Spanish composer and player in the "Romantic" period.  And his music continues to be some of the most iconic and best-loved in the world of classical guitar. This etude (like most studies) focuses in on a few main elements.  Here, we have an 8-note right hand pattern that continues throughout.  We have 3 different uses of the barre (bar chords).  We have a melody buried within a pattern (an issue of balance).  And we have a repeated form (AABB), so we need to manage the transitions. All in all, this etude hones several often-used skills.  If you have a technique practice, or would like to improve your technique, this is a good one. Tarrega's Study in C (TI ii-26) is at the upper-beginner or intermediate level.  Absolute beginners will find it difficult.  It uses some of the upper positions, and demands a bit of left-hand strength and experience for the bar chords.

In This Course, You’ll Discover:

  • How to use your hands efficiently
  • How to play bar chords
  • How to practice effectively
  • How to memorize more easily
  • How to connect chords smoothly
  • How to play expressively
  • How to shift gracefully

With This Course, You’ll:

  • Learn new technique tips
  • Explore 3 bar chord shapes
  • Practice phrasing
  • Focus on process and method
  • Understand musical transitions
  • Discover new ways to polish music
  • Gain a beautiful repertoire piece


11 Videos
Includes PDF Materials
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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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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

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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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