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Working Through the Waves

Working Through the Waves

This is a Last Minute Concert Announcement for New Yorkers Are you musically adventurous? If you are in the New York area, and are into interesting, beautiful, creative music, go hear this concert at the historic Old Stone House in Brooklyn. There are two...

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Classical Guitar Music: Moto Perpetuo by Jay Kauffman

Classical Guitar Music: Moto Perpetuo by Jay Kauffman

Occasionally I'll be sneaking in some repertoire by yours truly, because yes, I am a composer who loves to compose. This one is part of a set of 5 short preludes, and I'm particularly proud of it. I set forth writing it as an exercise in pull-offs and hammer-ons...

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Classical Guitar Music: A Rondo by Matteo Carcassi

Classical Guitar Music: A Rondo by Matteo Carcassi

Matteo Carcassi wrote a lot of charming little short pieces, and here is one that I've not heard many people play. It's so short that it's not even really a Rondo---the main theme only comes back one time. Its form is basically A-B-A. I found it in an obscure...

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Working Through the Waves

Working Through the Waves

This is a Last Minute Concert Announcement for New Yorkers Are you musically adventurous? If you are in the New York area, and are into interesting, beautiful, creative music, go hear this concert at the historic Old Stone House in Brooklyn. There are two...

read more
Classical Guitar Music: Moto Perpetuo by Jay Kauffman

Classical Guitar Music: Moto Perpetuo by Jay Kauffman

Occasionally I'll be sneaking in some repertoire by yours truly, because yes, I am a composer who loves to compose. This one is part of a set of 5 short preludes, and I'm particularly proud of it. I set forth writing it as an exercise in pull-offs and hammer-ons...

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Other Projects

Archipelago for Guitar

Archipelago for Guitar

CD with original artwork available for streaming and purchase at Bandcamp: Music is everywhere these days, but listening to it is getting harder. Classical music– and all serious “listening” music—-hails from a time before app-driven dopamine hits ruled our...

William Tell Overture for Solo Guitar

William Tell Overture for Solo Guitar

This is my arrangement of the full finale (the famous part) of the William Tell Overture for solo classical guitar. Mauro Giuliani, the accomplished 19th century guitarist-composer wrote a number of “Rossinianes,” virtuosic potpourris into which he threw many of the...

Archipelago for Guitar

Archipelago for Guitar

Not too long ago, I had the idea to weave a storyline into the performance of a series of guitar pieces. Each piece I wrote seemed to have its own musical ecosystem, so  I called them "islands." Narrating a tale while tuning the guitar between "islands" would draw the...

Bookmark Shop

Bookmark Shop

The many benefits of bookmarks for all your books: Bookmarks are Beautiful. Bookmarks are Fun. Bookmarks are Elegant. Bookmarks inspire you to read more good books and keep your place in them with pleasure, for years at a time. Bookmarks never run out of batteries....

Milonga for Solo Guitar

Milonga for Solo Guitar

This is a live performance of Milonga, the first “island” in my Archipelago for Guitar, performed at the “Piano Lunch” concert at Christ & St. Stephen’s Church, New York, NY.

Eine Kleine Nachtmusik for Solo Guitar

Eine Kleine Nachtmusik for Solo Guitar

All 4 movements of Serenade No. 13 for Strings, K. 525, transcribed for the advanced classical guitar, from G Major into D Major. If you're a bit burned out on Sor and Giuliani and their ilk, it's a lot of fun to play a great composer such as Mozart on the guitar. A...

Five Preludes

Five Preludes

Prelude 1: Lullaby from a Paper Boat / Prelude 2: With Variation / Prelude 3: Brookrolick / Prelude 4: Like a Passacaglia / Prelude 5: Moto Perpetuo

Fingerprint: Guitar Solos

Fingerprint: Guitar Solos

CD available for streaming and purchase at Bandcamp:  Fingerprint is a musical tour of the world through the strings of Jay Kauffman’s guitar. It is a refreshingly original collection of music inspired by folk and popular idioms from around the globe. It features some...

I’m Jay Kauffman, a guitarist, teacher, composer, and illustrator. My training is in classical guitar, and I studied performance at the Cincinnati Conservatory and the Juilliard School of Music. I recently moved to Tucson, Arizona, and am seeking to fill my teaching studio both locally and online. I love teaching guitar, all ages and levels. I teach all popular guitar styles (not jazz.) I also teach children and teens.

My highest goal in teaching is to create and hold a space of inspiration, support and challenge in service of your ongoing improvement.

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