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noteguitaristfrontpage4ART OF GUITAR: Bringing Music to Life on the Classical Guitar is an evolving online instruction manual, using articles, videos and interaction.   A major goal of the Art of Guitar website is to create and hold a space of inspiration, support and challenge in service of your ongoing improvement.

NOTE: I recently noticed that a number of the free videos on this site don’t work properly. These are all videos that are hosted on Youtube but viewed with the Leadplayer App. I’m removing the app and replacing all the troublesome videos with direct Youtube links, but it’s tedious. For now, here’s the fix if you can’t watch something: Sign out of Google.  Unfortunately Google+ (Gmail, Youtube, etc) conflicts with Leadplayer and I’m discontinuing my use of Leadplayer with regret. An alternate solution would be to view the site with an “incognito” tab.Thank you, Google, (NOT) for chomping up and digesting another small player so we can all rely more heavily on you! 

Do you want weekly guidance on how to improve your playing—-without the inconvenience of traveling to weekly classical guitar lessons? Skype lessons might be the answer!  Find out more here. “It was just like being in the same room, in some ways even better. An hour went by very quickly, I received some fantastic advice, a long term technical issue addressed, all in all really comfortable, excellent, personable” Misha Robert, Luthier, Vancouver, British Columbia

 New Video Course: Capricho Arabe, by Francisco Tarrega

Francisco Tárrega en su estudio (1906) v3

  • All the information I’d provide to an intermediate student over the course of a few months of lessons in which they learn to play Capricho Arabe.(without paying several hundred dollars)
  • PDF download of full score and suggested ornaments
  • PDF download of score with TAB for those who aren’t as accomplished at sight reading.
  • When complete, over 60 practice and study videos–section by section, measure by measure, full of  fingering, interpretation, and technical and practicing tips—plus PDF sheets with technical exercises I recommend in videos  to navigate the most challenging technical hurdles
  • Complete Theory and Structure section, with videos and PDF download to help you study and understand all scales in keys covered by the piece
  • …and more. Click here to check it out!


 New Video Mini-Course: “Toy”, by Francis Cutting

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BRjKtIQS51Y To learn this piece, you can purchase the Video Mini-Course Here:

Do you want to able to play pieces like you hear them in your head, without having to worry about technique?

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Latest Videos

William Tell Overture Finale

A Virtuosic Show-piece and a challenge to all classical guitar show-offs/speed-demons. To purchase the score for this arrangement, click here! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SCQIGFFyGTs

Prelude #3: Vivo

This is a short but fun little piece. It’s got a bit of an Irish Jig feel to it. It also works great as a study for developing your pull-offs. The score and tabs will be available soon! Enjoy! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HZWWZigVsYw

Prelude #2 With Variation

This piece has a storytelling, Latin American feel to it. The variation also works great as a study in strengthening your “a m i” arpeggio technique while at the same time making it more expressive and musical. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y5UdayIxMZs

Prelude #5: Moto Perpetuo

This piece evokes a feeling of spring for me. It’s to be played with a very gentle sense of perpetual motion. It is also a wonderful study in left hand slur technique. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u-W71VqMp_o

Simple Study: Lullaby from a Paper Boat

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y_QAm6_N4mo To find out more and purchase the score for this piece, click here!

Maestoso–Like a Passacaglia

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xwD8NC_OPx4 To find out more and to purchase the score for this piece, click here

Mozart’s Eine Kleine Nachtmusik (first movement) for Solo Classical Guitar

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XyKOgWtBwsY To purchase the score for this arrangement, click here!


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  • Larry Marchant

    Barre passages – spot on Jay. Many thanks!

  • Pawel Mensz

    Hi Jay,
    Have a question regarding Toy piece. It looks to me that in the last measure of the third line one beat is measing, both ni melody and basses? Am I correct?

    • JayKauffman

      You are right. It only has 5 beats. Since it’s meant to be repeated, the 6th beat comes at the beginning of the 3rd line. If you wanted to be absolutely correct, you’d put a second ending with the full six beats….because when you end the piece holding it for six beats is expected.

      • Pawel Mensz

        I understand, but it looks like right now the last measure has only 4 beats not 5 -specially if play separately melody and bases.

        • JayKauffman

          Ahh..thanks for catching that, Pavel…
          the bass line has 5 beats and the treble line only 4!

          I’ll fix it and upload the new version asap.

          I changed the last line a bit (to another common rhythmic trope found in renaissance lute music,) because I wanted it to be easier to shift back to 4th position. If I have time, I’ll post something on that.

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