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First page of the original Manuscript (by Anna Magdalena, Bach’s wife.

These online classical guitar tutorials are as complete as I can make them for you: They include:

  • Classical Guitar Sheet Music (pdf download): A full score (and parts, where applicable) with fingering
  • Classical Guitar Tabs for each piece.
  • Measure by measure “How-to-Play” Guitar Tutorials—with detailed technical, fingering, musical and practicing tips
  • Split screen, multi-cam views of the left and right hand, along with live on screen visuals of the score being discussed.
  • All videos in this course are now downloadable!
  • In addition, this course includes an interpretation discussion, with an annotated selection of Youtube performances, an “urtext,” unfingered score, and a Music Theory section with a detailed videotaped harmonic analysis of the piece.

About the Prelude

The prelude from Bach’s first unaccompanied cello suite is one of my long time favorite pieces. Pablo Casals , the great cellist, discovered an edition of the suites in a thrift shop when he was 13 (they were considered to be “studies,” not concert pieces, at that time.) He realized their quality and took many years learning them before he felt ready to perform them.

This prelude is the first movement of the first suite, and is the most widely recognized piece in all the suites. Is it’s popularity more because it’s the first, or is it more because it’s simply a great piece? We will never know.

Here’s a “contemplative” interpretation of the prelude. It’s more in the spirit of an “unmeasured prelude,” in which I’m following the shape of each phrase and allowing space for the harmonies to surprise and affect my playing.

This video is downloadable on Vimeo—just follow this link.

Here’s another interpretation of the prelude:

This video is downloadable on Vimeo–just follow this link.

Many people have told me what a bargain these courses are, as there is more info included in here than I’d be able to provide in many hour-long lessons, one of which is considerably more expensive than the price of the course.

The cost of the course is $30.  There are several sample lessons that you can view by clicking on the blue links in the lesson list below.

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Jay Kauffman