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Machaut, Guillaume (14th cen.) – Virelai: Quant Je Suis Mis

A "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. This tune, Quant Je Suis Mis, is no exception.  It has 3 lines, and can be repeated as many times as you like.  The title translates to, As I Am Laid.   Guillaume de Machaut was the most important composer and poet of his time, and wrote 39 "virelais", as well as hundreds of poems and songs in other styles.  He worked for several lords, ladies, adventurers and conquerors, as well as Pope Benedict XII.  And in addition to numerous battles and excursions, Machaut survived the Black Death that devastated Europe.

In This Course, You’ll Discover:

  • How to balance chords and melody
  • How to practice effectively
  • How to memorize more easily
  • How to dissect the music
  • How to play expressively
  • How to roll chords

With This Course, You’ll:

  • Learn right hand tips
  • Practice phrasing
  • Explore rolled chords
  • Focus on melodic line
  • Understand multi-layered music
  • Discover new musical devices
  • Gain a beautiful repertoire piece


11 Videos
Includes PDF Materials
Lifetime Access
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Course Level: BEGINNER

This course is at the BEGINNER level. This means that the notes will all be in the open position (so no moving up and down the neck). The rhythms are simple (mostly quarter and 8th notes) and well-explained. And any chords used are common ones. 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 phrasing and memorization 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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