5 Beautiful Classical Guitar Solos for Beginners
by Jules Fitzgerald, guitarist and
blogger at knowyourinstrument.com
to classical guitar can easily feel overwhelmed with the amount of musical
knowledge and technique they need to learn and gain mastery of. Something that
can alleviate the stress and keep you motivated to practice is being able to
play a beautiful song.
have here a number of classical guitar solos that beginners would enjoy learning
to play and can soon play on their
own instrument. These compositions are
inherently beautiful and impressive so that whether you’re playing by yourself
or in front of an audience, you will surely have a wonderful and fulfilling
experience that will make you want to keep playing as often and as long as you
one really knows who composed this traditional English folk song - legend says
it was written by Henry VIII for no other than Anne Boleyn, but history has no
actual proof. Moreover, the centuries-old piece is based on an Italian
composition style that only reached
England after the death of the king, so the song is more likely to be
Elizabethan in origin.
nearly everyone who’s had music lessons can play it, as it’s often taught to
all beginners regardless of instrument, whether it’s piano, classical
guitar, violin or flute.
is also highly recognizable as it has become a holiday staple. An 1865 version
with lyrics penned by William Chatterton Dix is titled “Whose Child Is
This?” and can be heard everywhere Christmas is celebrated.
Study in C Major
by Fernando Sor, one of the most eminent classical musicians of the 19th
century, “Study in C Major” is another piece that beginners should have in
their repertoire. This song isn’t too technically demanding, making it a great
piece for beginners to learn. With it being sweet, gentle and mellow, this song
is a delightful melody that is beautifully simple yet is still a joy to hear.
this is the song you usually hear in the background in period films and
documentaries, particularly in scenes showing a grand ballroom. For more than
200 years, it was believed to have been composed
by Johann Sebastian Bach. However, “Minuet in G Major” is now attributed to
another German musician, Christian Petzold.
something a little bit more upbeat yet still easy and fun to play for beginners.
Ferdinando Carulli’s “Country Dance” is a fantastic way to practice your simplified
arpeggios. This piece is simple, and beginners can
learn it quickly.
about something a little more contemporary? By contemporary we mean composed in
the 20th century. If you’ve ever experienced being put on hold when calling an
office, chances are you’ve heard “The Entertainer” - yes, it’s that
little ditty that you couldn’t help but hum or move your head along to.
Terribly old-school technology we know, but those things did happen and did work
to keep callers uh, entertained while the person they sought out was being
Entertainer” was a “classic rag” composed by Scott Joplin in 1902. It’s
a great little song you’ll have fun playing and your audiences would love
When learning these songs, remember to be patient and start slow. Take things measure by measure and increase your accuracy along with your speed. Use a metronome as a guide, and forgive yourself if you make mistakes every now and then. It’s all part of learning - just try it again, as often as you need to. Take a break when you get tired so you’ll feel fresh when you come back to your classical guitar. With enough practice and determination, you’ll soon be able to nail these songs and more. Have fun!
Copyright François Faucher 1998-2023