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CONTENTS:

Cello Solos                                       (click here)

Cello Duos &  up to 5 Cellos         (click here)

Cello & Guitar Duos                   (click here)

Violin(Recorder) & Cello Duos     (click here)

Violin & Guitar Duos                       (click here)

Guitar Solos & Duos                       (click here)

CLASSICAL GUITAR METHOD by Georg Mertens (free)

Guitar TAB'S                            (click here)

CELLO METHOD by Georg Mertens - Step by Step (free)

- Volume I:                                       
(click here) revised 2016
- Volume II:                                      
(click here) revised 2016

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To my Editions of Sheet Music

All my Editions are written by hand.
Computer music programs seem  to have their own mind.
If you want to write fingerings in, you have always to enter a conversation with someone who says:
you can't do that, you have to do it my way.

Copyright for all sheetmusic on this page by Georg Mertens.
Any use for commercial purposes or publishing without permission of the author prohibited.
It is illegal to charge for copies from this site or use material to publish wihout a written agreement .

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History of this website

In 2009 we had terrible bushfires here in the Blue Mountains, in fact quite close to my home.
It went through my mind, which would be the most hurting thing to loose in a fire.
Most items seemed replacable, even instruments or our house - even if not of the same quality or personal attachment.
But one thing was standing out as a grave loss: all the music I had handwritten over 30 years, distributed in different shelves all over the house.
Thousands of hours of work would be lost, irreplacable.
The safest place unthreatened by disaster seemed to be - the unburnable net.
Starting this webpage also made me writing my music neater.
My hope is, that the music on this page will enhance tiny moments in the life of many music lovers.

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LOOK WHAT'S NEW! - ADDITIONS 2016:

Cello Method Volume 2 completely updated

From the 5 Preludes for the Love of the Sound of the Lower strings:
- Prelude No 1 "Sea Waves" for cello solo
- Prelude No 4 "Oriental" for cello solo
- Prelude No 5 "Harmonics Circus" for cello solo


LATEST ADDITIONS in 2017

FREE Classical Guitar Method (under "Guitar Solos and Duos")
Bach - Arioso for 2 cellos
Bach - Gounod - Ave Maria in G and C for 2 cellos
Spanish Romance for 3 cellos
Larghetto for 2 cellos
Domenico Scarlatti - 2 Sonatas for 2 cellos
Gaspar Sanz - Pavanas & Canarios for 2 cellos
Cello Concerto A minor Largo f. cello & guitar
Vivaldi - La Stravaganza No 11 Largo for violin & guitar
Additional cello parts to the guitar music of: Spanish Romance & Recuerdos del Alhambra
Additional violin parts to the guitar music of: Spanish Romance & Recuerdos del Alhambra

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( No Category) - orchestral cello part

Pachelbel Canon in D -  a not so boring cello part, FREE - corrected  9 / 8 / 16
Possibly every cello player, every student complains: this cello part is so boring. - I got so bored, I started to embellish the part.
It fits better and sounds better (here recorded with the Blue Mountains Trio on the CD: Music for Grand Dining)
There are very (!) may versions of this Canon and they are different in length.
According to the violin parts it may be necessary to repeat the 2 bars before the last note several times.
I recommend to count the number of bars, compare to the cello part and keep in mind how often added 2 bar units may be needed to be add.

    LISTEN on iTUNES    WATCH Yt (Youtube)    DOWNLOAD FREE more interesting cello part

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C E L L O - S O L O S 

Find in the "Cello Method" below 90 Duos for 2 Cellos (click here) !

DIFFICULTY is marked in degrees from 1 - 10:, examples:
1 = very easy, all 1st position
4 = (Breval Sonata), position 1-4
6 = (Bach Prelude 1 or 'The Swan')
9 = difficult (Haydn C maj / Boccherini Bb maj Concertos)
10 = very difficult (Dvorak cello Concerto)

CD "CELLO SOLOS" with Georg Mertens       (click on CD cover to listen / order)

I. Albeniz - Asturias [ Leyenda] arranged for cello solo
originally for piano, famous for guitar.
I have performed this piece for 30 years on guitar, but found particularly the middle part sounds great on cello!
transcribed by Georg Mertens - [grading 9 out of 10] 5
 
( I also play often the first 8 bars detached starting with V - as shown in extra page)
          LISTEN on iTUNES    WATCH Yt (Youtube)
Asturias Sheet music $5 (will be send per email)


Anonymus / Collection Forster 1546 - Ich armes Maegdelein / Poor Maiden me [grading 4 out of 10] (FREE)
Comment: This beautiful song is probably composed by a woman of the Renaissance, mourning over her lost lover who doesn't seem to return from war.               
LISTEN on iTUNES
    DOWNLOAD FREE Sheetmusic

Bach / Mertens - Accompaniment to Menuet I & II of Suite I (G major) for cello solo (FREE)
I had a student who was too shy to ever play by herself. I ended up writing accompaniments to all pieces as I couldn't hear her when we played the same.
[grading 2 out of 10]
LISTEN on iTUNES    WATCH Yt (Youtube, cello solo)    DOWNLOAD FREE Sheetmusic / Acc

FOR INFORMATION ON THE BACH CELLO SUITES VISIT:


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L. Brouwer - Study No 3 (originally guitar) (FREE) arr. for cello solo
[grading 5 out of 10)
Sheet music $2.50 (will be send per email)

    DOWNLOAD Sheetmusic (FREE)


C. Debussy - Romance "L'ame evaporee" arr. for cello solo
[grading 3-4 out of 10)
Sheet music $2.50 (will be send per email)


J. Dowland - Melancholy Galliard arr. for cello solo
Originally for lute, this piece gives the feeling of playing a viola da gamba.
transcribed for cello solo [grading 8 out of 10]                   WATCH Yt (Youtube)
Melancholy Galliard Sheet music $2.50 (will be send per email)




Manuel de Falla - Nana [grading 8 out of 10] (FREE)
cello part only
With more expressive fingerings; also including the correction of the rhythm mistake of all editions in bar 8.
LISTEN on iTUNES    DOWNLOAD sheetmusic (FREE)


Gabriel Marie
- La Cinquantaine (FREE)

With bowings so the harmonic doesn't sound like getting stuck! cello part only [grading 3-4 out of 10]
This is a copy of my pre 1900 print.
This piece is dedicated to the 50th birthday ("cinquantaine") of Monsieur E. Binon, cellist of "the" opera - not sure which one.
Although transcribed for virtually every existing instrument including tuba and soprano, this piece is originally written for cello.

LISTEN on iTUNES         WATCH Yt (Youtube)    DOWNLOAD sheetmusic (FREE)


G. Gershwin - Summertime
for cello solo [grading 5 out of 10]              WATCH Yt (Youtube)
Summertime Sheet music $2.50 (will be send per email)




J. Haydn - Cadenza to Cello Concerto C major, 1st movement by Georg Mertens
,
More interesting than the printed cadenza and more fitting in style than the cadenzas by Benjamin Britten and Maurice Gendron.
2p [grading 9 out of 10]
Haydn Cadenza Sheet music $2.50 (will be send per email)



J. Massenet - Meditation from Thais
Arrangement for cello solo by Georg Mertens - matches violin/piano accompaniment part.
2p [grading 9 out of 10] revised Jan. '14
                LISTEN on iTUNES              WATCH Yt (Youtube)
Meditation from Thais Sheet music $2.50 (will be send per email)



Georg Mertens - Blue Mountains Sonata for cello solo
Impressions of the Australian forest.
Composed for and inspired by the "Rainforest Recitals" at the "Rainforest Hut", part of "Scenic World", Katoomba in January & February 2014.

First movement: Shapes, Colours expressed in sound and ornaments / The Cicada noise based on their penetrating vibration of the note A.
[grading 8-9 out of 10]

Sheetmusic 1st movement $3.50  (will be send per email)                WATCH Yt (Youtube)

Second movement: Tall trees & The songs of Australian Birds
[grading 8 out of 10]

Sheetmusic 2nd movement $3.50 (will be send per email)                WATCH Yt (Youtube)

Third movement: Mysterious mist / Raindrops falling / Storm and thunder / Sunshine breaking through.
[grading 9 out of 10]
Sheetmusic 3rd movement $4.50  (will be send per email)                 WATCH Yt (Youtube)


Complete Blue Mountains Sonata Sheet music $10 (will be send per email)




Georg
Mertens - 5 Preludes for cello solo - For the Love of the Sound of the Lower Strings

Several students complained to me that they started learning the cello, because they love the sound of the lower strings,
but then once they advance most of the cello music is written mostly for A and D strings!
I promised to write music for the lower strings.
[grading 4 - 6 out of 10]


Prelude No 1 in D minor - "Sea Waves"
- evolving from one note to an arpeggio thunder.
 
[grading 4 out of 10]              WATCH Yt (Youtube)

Sheetmusic for Prelude No 1: $2.50
(will be send per email)


Prelude No 2 in A minor - The Sound of Monks
[grading 4-5 out of 10]               WATCH Yt (Youtube)
written in 7 chapters, the steps of the Aeolian scale - our alphabet from A - G, the base for the names of our notes.
Each step is written in the mode based on the note it begins with:
Aeolian, Locrian, Ionian, Dorian, Phrygian, Lydian, Mixolydian (and again Aeolian).

Sheetmusic for Prelude No 2: $2.50 (will be send per email)



Prelude No 3 in C minor - The "Mellow Cello" is written for the true love of the lower strings.
[grading 5 out of 10]
              WATCH Yt (Youtube)
Sheetmusic for Prelude No 3: $2.50 (will be send per email)


Prelude No 4 in G minor - "Oriental"
Haunting oriental melodies in harmonic minor accompanied with an open string drone.

[grading 5-6 out of 10]               WATCH Yt (Youtube)
Sheetmusic for Prelude No 4: $2.50
(will be send per email)

Prelude No 5 in C major - "Harmonics Circus" - Fun with natural Harmonics - up and down.
[grading 6 out of 10]
Sheetmusic for Prelude No 5: $2.50 (will be send per email)

Set of 5 Preludes for the Love of the Lower Strings. Sheet music $10 (will be send per email)




Old Prelude No 1 in D minor - "Wavy"
Sheetmusic for Old Prelude No 1: $2.50 (will be send per email)

 

Georg Mertens - Spanish Romance for cello solo
after the Anonymus 19th century guitar version, also known from the movie "Jeux Inderdit",
[grading 9 out of 10]                  LISTEN on iTUNES              WATCH Yt (Youtube)
Spanish Romance Sheet music $3.50 (will be send per email)



Georg
Mertens - Tango Celloguitar

This piece uses guitar techniques like pizzicato tremolo and rasguado on the cello.
Very effective, fun, but very hard for left and right hand.
[grading 10 out of 10]                          LISTEN on iTUNES                WATCH Yt (Youtube)
Tango Celloguitar Sheet music $5 (will be send per email)




Georg
Mertens - Variations on Neidhardt's (1180-1240) "Maienzeit / Maytime"

The Variations are based on the original 6 note scale: ACDEFG (medieval Minne song)
for solo cello [grading 8 out of 10]                          LISTEN on iTUNES                    WATCH Yt (Youtube)
Variations on Maytime Sheet music $2.50 (will be send per email)




Georg Mertens - Cathedral (Jenolan) Ciaconna
A Chaconne exploring in the variations the different sounds and effects in the Cathedral Chamber of Jenolan Caves.
for solo cello.This composition sounds particularly effective in churches.
[grading 9 out of 10]                   LISTEN on iTUNES               WATCH Yt (Youtube)
Jenolan Ciaconna Sheet music $5 (will be send per email)



Georg Mertens - Fantasy on Cathedral Cave
A mystical beginning followed by the experience of climbing into the cave and entering the large silent space expressed in program music.
for solo cello [grading 10 out of 10]                    LISTEN on iTUNES
Fantasy Sheet music $5 (will be send per email)



Georg
Mertens - Variations on "Sakura, Sakura"

[Theme: Traditional Japanese] for cello solo. 2p
[grading 7 out of 10]         LISTEN on iTUNES                    WATCH Yt (Youtube)

Variations on Sakura Sheet music $2.50 (will be send per email)

 



C. Saint-Saens - The Elephant - cello part only (FREE)
 [grading 6 out of 10]
    DOWNLOAD FREE Sheetmusic

For C. Saint-Saens - The Swan - cello part plus accompanied by Bach Prelude (variety) from Suite 1
The Swan (Le Cygne) with a variety on Prelude G major
(see also below cello Duos)
Sheet music $2.50 (will be send per email)                    WATCH Yt (Youtube)


Erik Satie - Gymnopedie 1
originally piano, arrangement for cello by Georg Mertens

The solo part is the same as cello 1 for Duo.
Gymnopedie (as Duo - see also under CELLO DUOS)                    WATCH - as soloYt (Youtube)
[grading 3 out of 10]  Sheet music $2.50 (will be send per email)



Vincente Sojo - Cantico
originally guitar, arrangement for cello solo by Georg Mertens 2p
[grading 8 out of 10]                  LISTEN on iTUNES                  WATCH Yt (Youtube)
Cantico Sheet music $2.50 (will be send per email)




Francisco Tarrega - Georg Mertens - Cello solo to "Recuerdos del Alhambra"
[grading 8 out of 10]                  WATCH Yt (Youtube)
Cello solo part Sheet music $2.50 (will be send per email)


A.
Vivaldi - Sonata No 5 E minor, Largo 1st mov. example of Baroque ornamentation (FREE)
2 cellos on ONE !  [grading 8 out of 10]
In this version the solo cello plays the melody plus the original accompaniment in double stops. Sounds very effective
    DOWNLOAD Sheetmusic

A. Vivaldi - Sonata No 5 E minor, Largo 3rd mov. as Solo version (FREE)
2 cellos on ONE !  [grading 8 out of 10]
In this version the solo cello plays the melody plus the original accompaniment in double stops. Sounds very effective
                      WATCHYt (Youtube)
    DOWNLOAD Sheetmusic

 


    CONCERT CALENDAR of GEORG MERTENS    click here for An ANALYSIS of BOW TECHNIQUE

    click here for an "ANALYSIS of the SIX SUITES" for Cello solo by J.S. BACH


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C E L L O - D U O S     ( also: 3 , 4, 5  cellos )

 

Anonymus - Spanish Romance (Jeux interdit) arr. for 3 cellos (fitting the famous guitar part).
The cello parts include the main melody (cello 1, played by guitar in the video)
- in cello 1 and 2 the da capo may be played tremolo.
Second melody, cello part in video (cello 2)
Bass part, very easy, thumb part of guitar (cello 3)
Sheet music of the 3 cello parts $2.50 (will be send per email)               WATCHYt (Youtube, as cello & guitar Duo)
(in the video the intro is improvised and the player is invited to do their own)


J.S.
Bach - Lute Suite No 1 in E minor for 2 Cellos
. Sounds fantastic on 2 cellos!

Prelude (grading 8 out of 10)            WATCH Yt (Youtube)
Cello parts Sheet music $3.50 (will be send per email)

Allemande (grading 7 out of 10)
Cello parts Sheet music $2.50 (will be send per email)

Bourree (grading 5 out of 10)                  WATCH Yt (Youtube)
Cello parts Sheet music $2.50 (will be send per email)




Sheet music of the 3 movements together $6 (will be send per email)


J.S.
Bach - Chorals for 2 Cellos
[grading 2 or 3 out of 10]
So many students asked me for more Chorals by Bach. Here are a few.

      1 Jesu meine Freude
      2 Christus der uns selig 
      3 Wer nur den lieben 
      4 Nun ruhen all Waelder
      5 An Wasserfluessen 
      6 Freue dich meine Seele
      7 O Haupt voll Blut 
      8 Wachet auf


Sheet music of 8 chorals together $5 (will be send per email)


J.S. Bach - Arioso from Cantata No 156       WATCH Yt (Youtube)
&
Bach - Gounod - Ave Maria / Meditation in C major & in G major       
WATCHYt (Youtube)
Cello parts of Arioso and both keys Ave Maria Sheet music $3 (will be send per email)



Domenico 
Cimarosa (1749-1801) Larghetto
transcribed from the famous Concert for Oboe and orchestra
(grading 6 out of 10)  set in A minor
Sheet music of cello parts $2.50 (will be send per email)

 

A. Corelli - Sonata opus 5 No 8 e minor (originally for violin and harpsichord)
I kept the original key. The cello solo part is put in a range not to exceed a difficulty of grade 6.
The cello continuo is partly one octave lower than the original to accommodate the lower melody part.
The two quite low cellos together remind of Viola da Gamba music by M. Marais.

Sonata opus 5 No 8 e minor -

  -  Preludio

  -  Allemande
  -  Sarabande
Cello (& violin / flute) solo / continue cello & guitar parts sheet music $2.50 (will be send per email)

 
  - Gigue

Sheet music of complete Sonata $10. Parts include solo cello, cello continuo and guitar continuo (will be send per email)

 * See also this Corelli Sonata transcribed for violin (cello) & guitar



Domenico
Dalla Bella - Sonata C major: Giga
An absolute favourite when I learned the cello as a boy; an ideal piece to introduce the tenor clef
(part of "Free Cello Method" below - No 100) .

                                LISTEN on iTUNES    WATCH Yt (Youtube)


G. F.
Handel - Silent Worship
for 2 to 5 cellos [grading 4 out of 10]
Originally Duett with continuo / orchestra;
arranged for 2 cellos (melody C1/C2) with cello continuo obligato plus 2 cellos for upper (c4) and middle part (c5) of the continuo.
If played with 3 cellos - melodies plus continuo obligato - the continuo sounds better played with the bow.
If played with 5 cellos, all 3 continuo cellos are played best with pizzicato.
(Note: last crotchet (1/4) of bar 17 to bar 19 is missing in virtually all movies).
This music is suitable for groups of students - with the three continuo cellos all plucking away accompanying the 2 melodies.

Sheet music of all 5 parts $5 (will be send per email)


G. F. Handel - Aria F major from the opera "Rinaldo" (Aria de Almirena: Lascia ch'io pianga (Let me weep)
Cello - with 2nd cello & accompaniment plus guitar accompaniment
[grading: cello 4 out of 10 / cello continuo 1-2 out of 10 ]
             LISTEN on iTUNES    WATCHYt (Youtube)
Sheet music of melody / cello acc. / guitar acc. $2.50 (will be send per email)


Joseph. Kosma
- Autumn Leaves
arr. for 2 cellos.
[grading 4 out of 10] 
DOWNLOAD sheetmusic (FREE)

Find more than 80 cello Duos below in the  "Cello Method by Georg Mertens"

Thomas Morley - Almain arr. for 2 cellos (violin (recorder) / cello & guitar acc.).
[grading 4 out of 10]              LISTEN on iTUNES (with recorder, track 14)
Sheet music
of melody / cello acc. / guitar acc. $2.50 (will be send per email)



Henry Purcell - Dido's Lament from "Dido and Aeneas" arr. for 2 cellos
[grading 4 out of 10]

Sheet music of melody / cello acc. / guitar acc. $2.50 (will be send per email)


C. Saint Saens / J.S. Bach
The Swan (Le Cygne)
with a variety on Prelude G major
cello 1 & 2 [grading 6 out of 10]

Sheet music $2.50 (will be send per email)                    WATCH Yt (Youtube)




Gaspar Sanz
- Pavanas

originally vihuela (guitar) arrangement for cello Duo by Georg Mertens 1p [grading 6 out of 10]

Duo Sheet music $2.50 (will be send per email)



Gaspar Sanz
- Canarios

originally vihuela (guitar) arrangement for cello Duo by Georg Mertens 1p [grading 6 out of 10]

Duo Sheet music $2.50 (will be send per email)



Erik Satie - Gymnopedie 1
originally piano, arrangement for cello Duo by Georg Mertens 1p [grading 3 out of 10]

Duo Sheet music $2.50 (will be send per email)                    WATCHYt (Youtube)

 

Domenico Scarlatti - Sonata L. 238 / K. 208 Andante Cantabile
originally harpsichord, arrangement for cello Duo by Georg Mertens 1p [cello 1 grading 5/6 out of 10, cello 2 grading 2 out of 10]
Duo Sheet music $2.50 (will be send per email)

Domenico Scarlatti - Sonata L. 483 / K. 322 Allegro
originally harpsichord, arrangement for cello Duo by Georg Mertens 1p [cello 1 grading 6 out of 10, cello 2 grading 2 out of 10]

Duo Sheet music $2.50 (will be send per email)


Find in the "Free Cello Method" (below) 90 Duos for 2 Cellos - click here !



    CONCERT CALENDAR of GEORG MERTENS    click here for An ANALYSIS of BOW TECHNIQUE

    click here for:  A comprehensive ANALYSIS of the SIX SUITES for Cello solo by J.S. BACH_________________________________________________________________________
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C E L L O - & - G U I T A R - D U O S

 

Additional cello (or violin) part to Anonymus Spanish Romance (cello/violin part by G. Mertens)
(together with additional cello (or violin) part to Recuerdos del Alhambra
- original guitar part unchanged.
        WATCH Yt (Youtube)
The players may decide to play tremolo in the D.C. and also make up an introduction, a transition and an ending to their own taste
according to the feeeling in the room as we did.
Sheetmusic of cello & violin parts to Spanish Romance & Tarrega's Recuerdos del Alhambra & $3 (will be send per email)


Anonymus - The Sick Tune -
A well know Rennaissance tune of the 15 / 16 the century for cello (violin/recorder) & guitar
[grading 4 out of 10]                LISTEN on iTUNES (version for recorder & guitar)
Sheet music incl. cello & violin (flute) melody, guitar & cello acc. $2.50 (will be send per email)


J.S.Bach - Sonata for Viola da gamba No 2, D major BWV 1028 arranged for cello & guitar -
(the guitar accompaniment suits the original cello part)
This Sonata is - literally taken - a Trio Sonata, written in a 3 part form: the right hand of the harpsichord, the Viola da Gamba and the continuo of the left hand of the harpsichord.
The Viola da Gamba does not - as one would expect - play the leading role. Rather it is placed in the middle (like a viola) in between the right and left hand of the harpsichord.
This set up might even suggest, that the known edition is a particular rendition, and it might as well have been meant for example for violin, a Viola da gambe and cello, the harpsichord playing the figured bass of the cello and in the form today as well the violin part.
In the arrangement here I found it more important to keep the top melody part complete ("violin") or right hand of the harpsichord rather than the left hand.
I therefore fitted in the bass part as much as playable, leaving out mainly transitional notes and ornaments in the bass.
Surprisingly this lead to an accompaniment, which sounds rhythmically clearer and also forms in its part its own
musical independence and sounds virtually like a complete guitar piece by being played just by itself.

Bach: Sonata for Viola da gamba D major,  Adagio & Allegro
Sheet music of guitar accompaniment (also included transcription of cello part for guitar) $5 (will be send per email)



Ludwig van Beethoven - Sonatina c 1795, D minor for cello & guitar (originally in C minor for mandolin & harpsichord)
The guitar is naturally very close in sound to the harpsichord. The combination of cello and guitar sounds here absolutely wonderful - as if originally intended.

There exist
an edition for cello & piano by Stutschewsky (1931).
However, Stutschewsky changed the tempo from Adagio to Andante and lifted the tempo in the major part even to "Un poco animato".
Contrary to this suggestion the Adagio sounds very effective, especially if the tempo remains for the major part unchanged.
Stutschevsky changed also in the accompaniment the relationship between the solo instrument and the accompaniment and swapped parts around.
The edition here offered is as close as can be to the Beethoven original.

          WATCH Yt (Youtube)
Sheetmusic includes also a guitar solo part alternate to the cello $4.50 (will be send per email)


Frederic Burgmueller (1806-1874) Three Nocturnes "Les Murmures du Rhone" (free)
These are in my opinion the most suitable and beautiful Duos originally written for cello & guitar, with and understanding for both instruments.
Also these Duos are relatively easy to play, but ready for the concert hall, very enjoyable.
In most editions the cello part is in tenor clef. The edition here by Charles Tourville published by Joseph Williams in 1921 is the only one I know of in bass clef. Also the recommendations for the interpretation are fantastic.
I changed the bowings a bit and added a few fingerings.
The guitar part is from Petrucci's Public Domain Library.
In all guitar parts of Nocturne 1 the double bar line going to A major is set one bar different in the cello & guitar parts. So be careful: if you say, let's go back to the double bar - that are two different spots for each player! In the cello part it is the start of bar 21, in the guitar part start of bar 22 (same later).
(grading 4 out of 10)

               WATCH Yt (Youtube)          DOWNLOAD (free) cello sheetmusic          DOWNLOAD (free) guitar sheetmusic


Giulio
Caccini (1551-1618) Ave Maria
(originally voice & orchestra/organ)
Original key. The Rennaisance harmonies in the guitar part sound nearly modern. A bit more rhythm and it could be Villa-Lobos!
(grading 6 out of 10)
              WATCH Yt (Youtube)
Sheet music of Caccini $2.50 (will be send per email)

 

Frederic Chopin - Cello Sonata op 65, Largo arr. for cello & guitar

This movement is the only chamber music ensemble work by Chopin, which could be transcribed for cello & guitar, in fact it is very suitable.
However for 150 years no one has done it, and any edition here after may be an illegal copy of this one!
The unusual key of Bb major by a composer indulging in complex harmonies gives the guitarist a new feeling of possible combinations.

The cello part is a copy of a wonderful handwriting from c 1900; obviously the owner had lost the cello part and wrote it out.
In the complete Sonata plus the Polonaise brilliant no place has been corrected by crossing out - white out and other means of correcting did not exist yet.

Cello part 2p [grading 6 out of 10]
/ Guitar part 2p [grading 8 out of 10]
Sheetmusic includes Chopin the old hand written part and the guitar part $2.50 (will be send per email)


Archangalo Corelli - Sonata opus 5, No 8 - e minor (originally for violin and harpsichord):

transcribed for cello & guitar (includes also cello continuo)
In my opinion this is the most beautiful of the set of 12 violin sonatas op 8.
There exists a transcription for guitar of the harpsichord part by Schaller (Universal Edition, Karl Scheit).
Although the print is very fine, I found the guitar part on the border of ugly and also clumsy to play.
I transcribed the guitar part from scratch; I felt it could be written flows beautiful flowing; it is even easier to play.


Original key.
For the violin & harpsichord part please click below left for a 19th century edition (free, Public Domain)
              DOWNLOAD violin & harpsichord part
Sonata opus 5 No 8 e minor

Preludio
Allemande
Sarabande
Cello & Guitar parts / 2 cellos [grading 5 out of 10]                    WATCH Yt (Youtube with violin)
Sheetmusic $2.50 (will be send per email)


Gigue


Sheetmusic of all 4 movements includes cello solo, cello continuo parts part plus Guitar continuo for all movements $10 (will be send per email)

 

Georg F. Handel - Aria F major from the opera "Rinaldo" (Aria de Almirena: Lascia ch'io pianga (Let me weep)
Cello with 2nd cello & guitar accompaniment
[grading: cello 4 out of 10 / cello continuo 1-2 out of 10 ]
             LISTEN on iTUNES    WATCH Yt (Youtube)
Sheet music of melody / cello acc. / guitar acc. $2.50 (will be send per email)
   





G. Mertens - Additional cello part to Anonymus Spanish Romance
& additional cello part to Recuerdos del Alhambra

(to Spanish Romance - original guitar part unchanged: The players may decide to play tremolo in the D.C. and also make up an introduction, a transition and an ending to their own taste
according to the feeeling in the room as we did.       WATCH Yt (Youtube)
(To Recuerdos del Alhambra: original guitar part unchanged, but as a guitar introduction and tempo setting it is
recommended to start by playing bar 3 and then going back to bar 1 (like in the video).
          WATCH Yt (Youtube)
Sheetmusic of cello & violin parts to Spanish Romance & Tarrega's Recuerdos del Alhambra & $3 (will be send per email)


Thomas Morley - Almain arr. for cello & guitar (see also recorder/violin & guitar / 2 cellos).
[grading 4 out of 10]              LISTEN on iTUNES (with recorder, track 14)
Sheet music
of melody *cello/violin/recorder) / cello & guitar acc. $2.50 (will be send per email)




Robert Schumann - 5 Stuecke im Volkston op 102 (5 Pieces in popular mood)
2nd movement: "Langsam"
arr. for cello & guitar.
Sounds like written for cello & guitar.
Cello part first edition with a few suggestions added.
Guitar part 2 pages [grading 6 out of 10]

Sheetmusic of Schumann cello & guitar part $2.50 (will be send per email)



F. Tarrega / Georg Mertens
- Additional cello part to Recuerdos del Alhambra (cello part by G. Mertens
(together with additional cello part to Spanish Romance)
- original guitar part unchanged, but as a guitar introduction and tempo setting it is
recommended to start by playing bar 3 and then going back to bar 1 (like in the video).
          WATCH Yt (Youtube)
Sheetmusic of violin & cello parts to Tarrega's Recuerdos del Alhambra & Spanish Romance $3 (will be send per email)



Antonio Vivaldi - Cello Sonata No 5 in E minor
RV 40 arr. for cello & guitar (see also solo cello).
The guitar accompaniment sounds actually well by itself.
In the cello parts an example of Baroque ornamentation is demonstrated.
            LISTEN on iTUNES (Largo & Allegro with cello & piano)    WATCH Yt (Youtube with 2 cellos)
Guitar part of all movements plus 1st movement ornamented cello part $5 (will be send per email)



Antonio Vivaldi - Cello Concerto in A minor - Largo Cantabile (2nd movement) arr. for cello & guitar.
Sheetmusic of cello & guitar parts $2.50 (will be send per email)




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V I O L I N - ( R E C O R D E R ) - &- C E L L O - D U O S

(In alphabetical order after composers)

J.S.Bach - From the Note Book of Anna Magdalena
The Petzold Pieces*
(see below)

- The Collection by J.S.Bach for Anna Magdalena contains compositions by other composers than Bach.
In many editions they are mistakenly contributed to Bach.
He mentions the name CHRISTIAN PETZOLD* as the composer of the famous first 2 Menuets.
The other 4 pieces are by an "unknown" composer (not Bach).
However the style of the other two Menuets is identical to the ones by Petzold so that we can asssume he was the composer.
The Musette and Marche are very similar in style.

Menuet in G, original key
BWV Anhang 114 transcription for violin & cello


Menuet in g - minor, original key
BWV Anhang 115 transcription for violin & cello

Menuet in G, original key
BWV Anhang 116 transcription for violin & cello

Menuet in d - minor, original key
BWV Anhang 132 transcription for violin & cello

March in D, original key
BWV Anhang 122 transcription for violin & cello

Musette in D, original key
BWV Anhang 126 transcription for violin & cello

The 6 Petzold pieces above as Duo f. violin & cello
$5 (will be send per email)




* CHRISTIAN PETZOLD was a contemporary and friend of Bach, also living in Leipzig.
Although not well known, his pieces collected by J.S.Bach belong to the most often played pieces in the world, perhaps the most played ones.
However it seems no one ever made the effort to go through the local archives to edit his music.
In my opinion (and guess) we could find there more compositions, which demonstrate his sense of simplicity and perfection, ideal for students.
If anyone of the readers of this text feels a passion to do something extraordinary and worthwhile - here is an unexplored avenue in a world.

Cimarosa - Larghetto arr. for violin & cello in B minor
This Larghetto is a movement with a melody of remarkable simlicity and beauty.
It has been transcribed as a concerto for oboe, as guitar duo and solo. The original is for piano. [grading 3-4 out of 10]
Sheetmusic of Cimarosa Larghetto $2.50 (will be send per email)



Archangalo Corelli - Sonata opus 5 No 8 e minor (originally for violin and harpsichord)
Original key.
For the violin & harpsichord part please click below left for a 19th century edition (free, Public Domain)
                                DOWNLOAD violin & harpsichord part
Sonata opus 5 No 8 e minor
Parts include cekllo solo / cello continuo and guitar continuo
Preludio
Allemande
Sarabande
Cello & Guitar parts / 2 cellos [grading 5 out of 10]                    WATCH (Youtube with violin)
Sheetmusic $2.50 (will be send per email)


Gigue


Sheetmusic includes Cello solo, cello continuo parts part plus Guitar continuo for all movements $10 (will be send per email)





Georg Mertens - "Anniversary Valse" for violin & cello (for Geoff & Mary Mitchell)
[grading 6 out of 10] 4p
Sheetmusic of Anniversary Valse $2.50 (will be send per email)



Georg Mertens - "Multicultural Suite" for diverse recorders (Blockfloete) & cello

                ((recorders & cello / guitar - click on CD cover to listen / order. Multicultural Suite Track 6 -10 )


French Ouverture

for treble recorder & cello
Parts 4p [grading 6 out of 10]
            LISTEN on iTUNES (with recorder)

Scherzo for treble recorder & cello          LISTEN on iTUNES

Barbarian Intermezzo
for sopranino & cello
           LISTEN on iTUNES

Arabia Nocturna
for descant recorder & cello
Parts 4p [grading 8 out of 10]
             LISTEN on iTUNES
Sheetmuisc of Arabia Nocturna $4.50 (will be send per email)

Didgeridoo for bass recorder & cello
Parts 2p [grading 6 out of 10], This movement contains improvised elements.
              LISTEN on iTUNES
Sheetmuisc of Didgeridoo
$2.50 (will be send per email)

 

Sheetmusic of Multicultural Suite, all movements $10 (will be send per email)



Thomas Morley - Almain
arr. for recorder / violin & cello with accompaniment of cello / guitar.
[grading 4 out of 10]
          LISTEN on iTUNES (with recorder)

Sheetmusic of Morley Almain $2.50 (will be send per email)

* see also for violin & guitar or for 2 cellos

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V I O L I N- & - G U I T A R - D U O S -(includes Famous Gypsy Pieces and Duos for Recorder & Guitar)

(In alphabetical order after composers)


Additional violin (or cello) part to Anonymus Spanish Romance (cello/violin part by G. Mertens)
(together with additional violin (or cello) part to Recuerdos del Alhambra
- original guitar part unchanged.
        WATCH Yt (Youtube)
The players may decide to play tremolo in the D.C. and also make up an introduction, a transition and an ending to their own taste
according to the feeeling in the room.
Sheetmusic of cello & violin parts to Spanish Romance & Tarrega's Recuerdos del Alhambra & $3 (will be send per email)

Giulio Caccini (1551-1618) Ave Maria (originally voice & orchestra/organ)
Original key. The Rennaisance harmonies in the guitar part sound nearly modern.
(grading 6 out of 10).
                  WATCH Yt (Youtube with cello & guitar)
Sheetmusic of Violin/cello plus Guitar accompaniment $2.50 (will be send per email)

Archangalo Corelli - Sonata opus 5, No 8 - e minor (originally for violin and harpsichord):
In my opinion this is the most beautiful of the set of 12 violin sonatas op 8.
There exists a transcription for guitar of the harpsichord part by Schaller (Universal Edition, Karl Scheit).
Although the print is very fine, I found the guitar part on the border of ugly and also clumsy to play.
I transcribed the guitar part from scratch; I felt it could be written flows beautiful flowing; it is even easier to play.

Original key.
For the violin & harpsichord part please click below left for a 19th century edition (free, Public Domain)
              DOWNLOAD violin & harpsichord part
          LISTEN on iTUNES    WATCH Sarabande (Youtube)
Sonata opus 5 No 8 e minor

Preludio
Allemande
Sarabande
Cello & Guitar parts / 2 cellos [grading 5 out of 10]                    WATCHYt (Youtube with violin)
Sheetmusic $2.50 (will be send per email)


Gigue


Sheetmusic includes cello solo, cello continuo parts part plus Guitar continuo for all movements $10 (will be send per email)


Boris Fomin - Dorogoi Dlinnoyu / "Those were the Days, my Friend" - arranged for violin and guitar by Georg Mertens.
Although a Russian traditional with the name "Dorogoi Dlinnoyu", this tune became famous sung by the Welsh folk singer Mary Hopkin, promoted by Beatle Paul McCartney in 1967.
                 LISTEN on iTUNES    WATCHYt (Youtube)
Sheetmusic of Violin & Guitar accompaniment $3.50 (will be send per email)


Enrique Granados - "ORIENTAL", No 2 from 12 Spanish Dances - arranged for violin and guitar by Georg Mertens.
One of the most beautiful melodies I have come across, haunting and unforgettable.
I have a recording of Granados himself playing this piece, and different to the official print, he shortens the D.C.
(The arrangement here is according to Granados own playing version).             LISTEN on iTUNES
Sheetmusic of Violin & Guitar accompaniment $3.50 (will be send per email)


G. Mertens - Additional violin part to Anonymus Spanish Romance
& additional violin part to Recuerdos del Alhambra

(to Spanish Romance - original guitar part unchanged: The players may decide to play tremolo in the D.C. and also make up an introduction, a transition and an ending to their own taste
according to the feeeling in the room.       WATCH Yt (Youtube)
(To Recuerdos del Alhambra: original guitar part unchanged, but as a guitar introduction and tempo setting it is
recommended to start by playing bar 3 and then going back to bar 1 (like in the video).
          WATCH Yt (Youtube, video here with guitar & cello)
Sheetmusic of cello & violin parts to Spanish Romance & Tarrega's Recuerdos del Alhambra & $3 (will be send per email)


Georg Mertens - Variations on "My Fiddle is broken, my Heart is broken"
including "Gypsy Adagio"Maros
& Don Giorgio Mainerio's "Ungaresca"
(c 1540 - 1580)
                     LISTEN on iTUNES    WATCH Gypsy Adagio, 3rd & 4th movement Yt (Youtube)
Sheetmusic for Violin & Guitar $5 (will be send per email)



Georg Mertens - Ideas upon "Slowly flows the River Maros"

Slow Traditional Hungarian Gypsy song with Django Reinhardt style Intermezzos and Variations by Georg Mertens:
violin & guitar [grading 8 out of 10] 5p
            LISTEN on iTUNES
Sheetmusic for Violin & Guitar $5 (will be send per email)


Georg Mertens - Cantilena (for Geoff & Mary Mitchell)
violin & guitar, 4p [grading 6 out of 10]
Sheetmusic Cantilena $2.50 (will be send per email)

   


Vittorio Monti - Czardas arr. for violin & guitar
Composed by an Italian living in London, dedicated to a French woman, today regarded as the quintessential Hungarian Gypsy piece.
Guitar accompaniment including introduction. [grading 7 out of 10] 3p
               LISTEN on iTUNES
Sheetmusic of Guitar Acc of Czardas $2.50 (will be send per email)


G. H. M. Rodriguez - Tango: "La Cumparsita" - arranged by Georg Mertens
Violin & guitar [grading 6 out of 10]
                    LISTEN on iTUNES    WATCH Yt (Youtube)
Sheetmusic for La Cumparsita violin & guitar parts $3.50 (will be send per email)



W. Russ-Bovelino - Hungarian Fantasy for violin & guitar
Guitar accompaniment only [grading 7 out of 10]

(The violin part of Hungarian Fantasy is published in "The Gipsy Violin" / Vienna World Music )
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Sheetmusic for Guitar Acc of Hungarian Fantasy 2.50 (will be send per email)



Pablo de Sarasate - Lento from Zigeunerweisen / Gypsy Airs
for violin & guitar
Guitar accompaniment only [grading 6 out of 10]                LISTEN on iTUNES
Sheetmusic of Guitar Acc of Zigeunerweisen $2.50 (will be send per email)


F. Tarrega / Georg Mertens - Additional violin part to Recuerdos del Alhambra (cello part by G. Mertens
(together with additional violin part to Spanish Romance)
- original guitar part unchanged, but as a guitar introduction and tempo setting it is
recommended to start by playing bar 3 and then going back to bar 1 (like in the video).
          WATCH Yt (Youtube, video cello & guitar)
Sheetmusic of violin & cello parts to Tarrega's Recuerdos del Alhambra & Spanish Romance $3 (will be send per email)


Traditional Andes Song - "El Condor Pasa" arranged by Georg .M. for violin & guitar
Violin & guitar [grading 6 out of 10] 3p
                LISTEN on iTUNES    WATCH Yt (Youtube)
Sheetmusic for La Cumparsita plus El Condor Pasa $3 (will be send per email)

FOUR RENAISSANCE PIECES               ((recorder & cello / guitar - click to listen)

William Byrd - Wolseys Wilde & La Volta for recorder & guitar                     LISTEN on iTUNES
Sheetmusic for recorder (violin / oboe / cello) with Guitar / cello accompaniment $3.50 (will be send per email)

Anonymous - The sick Tune for recorder/violin/oboe & guitar                 LISTEN on iTUNES
Sheetmusic for recorder (violin / oboe / cello) with Guitar / cello accompaniment $2.50 (will be send per email)

Thomas Morley - Almain arr. for recorder / violin & guitar / cello (see also 2 cellos).
Parts 2p [grading 4 out of 10]                          LISTEN on iTUNES

Sheetmusic for recorder (violin / oboe / cello) with Guitar / cello accompaniment $2.50 (will be send per email)

Antonie Vivaldi - Largo from La Stravaganza No 11 arr. for violin & guitar / cello
Parts 2p [grading 6 out of 10]    
Sheetmusic for recorder violin & guitar $2.50 (will be send per email)

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G U I T A R -S O L O S -& -D U O S

(In alphabetical order after composers)


Anonymus / Phalese - Passamezzo
(solo guitar) (FREE)
- A stunning little dance from the collection by Phalese1560
TAB and notes [grading 3-4 out of 10]
                               LISTEN on iTUNES (here as guitar solo)    DOWNLOAD (FREE)

Bach J.S. - Praeambulum C major (guitar solo)
- No 1 from the "Klavierbuechlein fuer Wilhelm-Friedemann (Bach)"
BWV 924 [grading 7 out of 10]
               LISTEN on iTUNES             WATCH (Youtube)
Sheetmusic of Praeambulum $2.50 (will be send per email)



J.S.Bach - Sonata for Viola da gamba No 2, D major BWV 1028 arranged for 2 Guitars
(the guitar accompaniment suits also the original cello part)
This Sonata is - literally taken - a Trio Sonata, written in a 3 part form: the right hand of the harpsichord, the Viola da Gamba and the continuo of the left hand of the harpsichord.
The Viola da Gamba does not - as one would expect - play the leading role. Rather it is placed in the middle (like a viola) in between the right and left hand of the harpsichord.
This set up might even suggest, that the known edition is a particular rendition, and it might as well have been meant for example for violin, a Viola da gambe and cello, the harpsichord playing the figured bass of the cello and in the form today as well the violin part.
In the arrangement here I found it more important to keep the top melody part complete ("violin") or right hand of the harpsichord rather than the left hand.
I therefore fitted in the bass part as much as playable, leaving out mainly transitional notes and ornaments in the bass.
Surprisingly this lead to an accompaniment, which sounds rhythmically clearer and also forms in its part its own
musical independence and sounds virtually like a complete guitar piece by being played just by itself.

Bach: Sonata for Viola da gamba D major, Adagio & Allegro guitar melody and accompaniment
Sheetmusic $5 (will be send per email)


Bach J.S. - CELLO SUITE No 1 in G major BWV 1007 transcribed for guitar solo in D major:

There are many editions of this wonderful music.
In general they are written by guitarists, who have never played the original.
Before I arranged this edition I had performed and recorded the Suite for decades on cello.
I have also played the 4 original 18th century manuscripts.
This edition includes the notes, which I miss being there, limited by the impossibility playing distant notes together on the cello.
I wrote my first attempt in 1995 after being horrified by the transcription by John Duarte.

In my transcription of the Cello Suites I considered the following 4 guide lines:
A - Bach did not transcribe from cello/violin to guitar/lute by adding nothing.
B - Although he was the composer, he had such faithfulness to his own composition he virtually never took a melody note out or changed it.
(exceptions: In the Gigue of Suite 3 (cello No 5) he added a rest in the melody /
in the Allemande he double dotted the rhythm of some ornaments in the lute transcription, considering the higher clarity of fast notes on the lute).
C - It follows: We must not change melody notes, (which is done in many transcriptions.
D - As Bach added notes, often a counterpart in the polyphonic style, with a sense of regularity in pattern and rhythm, not taking away from the original impact and character of the movement, I did so too.
We don't know what Bach would have done, but this would be about the closest we could get. Also: Bach often wrote several versions, as there are always many options.

 

 



Bach Cello Suite 1 Prelude (guitar solo)

BWV 1007 [grading 7 out of 10]
2p
Sheetmusic $2.50 (will be send per email)

Bach Cello Suite 1 Allemande (guitar solo)
BWV 1007 [grading 7 out of 10]
Sheetmusic $2 (will be send per email)



Bach Cello Suite 1 Courante (guitar solo)
This version offers at some places different options dependent on difficulty and taste of the player.
The Courante suits the guitar very well.
BWV 1007 [grading 7 out of 10]

Sheetmusic $2 (will be send per email)

Bach Cello Suite 1 Sarabande (guitar solo)
The ornaments in this arrangement are taken from the late 18th century manuscripts named "C" and "D" (published in the Baerenreiter edition).
During Bach's time a code of practice encouraged certain ornaments.
In the following period copiers felt increasingly obliged to include the ornaments used in their copies, which left us luckily with a message how it would have been played during Bach's own time.
BWV 1007 [grading 6 out of 10]
Sheetmusic $2 (will be send per email)

Bach Cello Suite 1 Menuet 1 & 2 (guitar solo)
This transcription is based on the version for 2 cellos (see above). Especially Minuet 2 sounds absolutely beautiful.
BWV 1007 [grading 7 out of 10]
Sheetmusic $2 (will be send per email)


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Bach Cello Suite 1 Gigue (guitar solo)

BWV 1007 [grading 7 out of 10]

Sheetmusic $2 (will be send per email)


Sheetmusic of Cello Suite 1 complete for solo guitar $10 (will be send per email)



Bach Cello Suite 3 Sarabande (guitar solo)
- Transcription in A major
Most of the transcription of this Sarabande are full with masses of notes added in chords and bass.
I fell this slim edition comes much to the impact and musical message of the original cello part. It is also easier to play.
BWV 1009 [grading 6-7 out of 10]
                   WATCH (Youtube, cello solo)
Sheetmusic $2 (will be send per email)



Bach Cello Suite 3 Gigue (guitar solo)
- Transcription in A major
Most of the transcription of this Gigue I regard as too full. This edition is smooth to play.
BWV 1009 [grading 8 out of 10]
             WATCH (Youtube, cello solo)
Sheetmusic $2 (will be send per email)




Bach Cello Suite 6 Gavotte I & II (guitar solo)
- Transcription in E major
This edition is very close to the original cello part.
BWV 1012 [grading 7 out of 10]
             WATCH (Youtube, cello solo)
Sheetmusic $2.50 (will be send per email)



Bach J.S. - From the Note Book for Anna Magdalena (guitar solo)

The Petzold Pieces*
(see below)
- The Collection by J.S.Bach for Anna Magdalena contains compositions by other composers than Bach.
Today in many editions they are mistakenly contributed to Bach.
He mentions the name CHRISTIAN PETZOLD* as the composer of the famous first 2 Menuets.
The other 4 pieces are by an "unknown" composer (not Bach).
However the style of the other two Menuets, the Musette and March are identical to the ones by Petzold it is likely he was the composer.

To the transcriptions:
- By surprise all the "Bach / Petzold " pieces below fitted miraculously well onto one guitar, although on the piano the parts are one octave further apart and one would assume, the task of transcribing would be impossible.

Menuet in G, arranged for guitar in A
BWV Anhang 114 transcription for solo guitar [grading 5 out of 10
Sheetmusic $2 (will be send per email) ]



Menuet in g - minor arranged for guitar in e - minor

BWV Anhang 115 transcription for solo guitar [grading 5 out of 10]

Sheetmusic $2 (will be send per email)

Menuet in G arranged for guitar in the original key
BWV Anhang 116 transcription for solo guitar [grading 5 out of 10]

Sheetmusic $2 (will be send per email)


Menuet in d - minor arranged for guitar in e - minor
BWV Anhang 132 transcription for solo guitar [grading 5 out of 10

Sheetmusic $2 (will be send per email)



March in D, arranged for guitar in the original key

BWV Anhang 122 transcription for solo guitar [grading 6 out of 10]

Sheetmusic $2 (will be send per email)


Musette in D, arranged for guitar in the original key

BWV Anhang 126 transcription for solo guitar [grading 5 out of 10]

Sheetmusic $2 (will be send per email)


* CHRISTIAN PETZOLD was a contemporary and friend of Bach, also living in Leipzig.
Although not well known, his pieces collected by J.S.Bach belong to the most often played pieces in the world, perhaps the most played ones.
However it seems no one ever made the effort to go through the local archives to edit his music.
In my opinion (and guess) we could find there more compositions, which demonstrate his sense of simplicity and perfection, ideal for students.
If anyone of the readers of this text feels a passion to do something extraordinary and worthwhile - here is an unexplored avenue in a world.

Sheetmusic of the 6 Anna Magdalena / Petzold pieces for solo guitar $8 (will be send per email)

 

Ludwig van Beethoven - Sonatina c 1795, D minor for 2 guitars (originally in C minor for mandolin & harpsichord)
In a sense both mandolin and harpsichord are a plucked instrument.
The guitar is naturally very close to both.
The oringianl combination is hardly being performed.
I prefer this combination here and hope to have added a nearly original Beethoven to the guitar repertoir!

The original tempo indication by Beethoven is ADAGIO.                   WATCH (Youtube, cello & guitar)   
Sheetmusic includes the 2 guitar parts and the cello part as well $4.50 (will be send per email)




Ferrer, Jose / Ejercicio op 10 No 9 with accampaniment by G.M. - guitar Duo
- A famous favourite for guitar students.
Even nicer with an accompaniment (evolved in lessons)
[grading 3 out of 10]

Sheetmusic $3.50 (will be send per email)



Georg Mertens

F R E E   C L A S S I C A L   G U I T A R   M E T H O D

CONTENTS

No.      TITLE

I          Where are the Notes on the Guitar?
              A - The open strings
              B - The Notes in the standard first position
              C - The Notes on all strings in all positions
              D - Sharps (#) and flats (b)

II         Finger indications of right and left hand

III       Tuning the Guitar

IV      Notation and names for the length of notes and rests

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       - The high E - string / alternating stroke

  2      The Left hand / Notes on the high E-string

  3      Rain, rain, go away

  4      - The open E and B strings

  5      The Notes on the B-string

  6      Four, one & open (G.M.)

  7      Melody in C major (G.M.)

  8      Fast Fingers (G.M.) - PHOTOS of left & right hand

  9      - The G string

  10    The open 3 top strings with a, m, i

  11    Andantino (G.M.)

  12    Song of / Ode to Joy (Beethoven)

  13
    Mountain Road (G.M.)

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  14    - The open Bass Strings D, A & E

  15    Frere Jacques

  16    - Sharps - here f#

  17    Andantino (Carcassi)

  18    - c#, g# & natural

  19    E - Drive (G.M.)

  20    Evening (G.M.)

  21    - The general Notation for the Classical Guitar

  22    Flamencino I (G.M.) - everyone's favourite!

  23    B - Drive (G.M.) - triplets

  24    The Clown (G.M.)

  25    Melancholy (G.M.)

  26    Blind Study - hitting the right string without looking (G.M.)

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  27    - The Notes on the Bass Strings

  28    Andantino (Carcassi

  29    Scale in C major

  30    Scale in A melodic minor

  31    Moderato - Training i, m, a (G.M.)

  32    Bass Note Reading

  33    Flamencino II (G.M.)

  34
    Asturiana (G.M.)

  35
    Bass Study after Fernando Sor (G.M.)

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12 Bumpy Road
( G. Mertens )
A major. All in 2nd position. For 2 guitars.
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13 Tangillo ( G. Mertens )
Tango rhythm. Frequent easy shifting between positions 1 - 2. In A major. For 3 guitars
With accompaniments of rhythm and solo guitar (Solo guitar part comes also in TAB and is suitable for plectrum / electric guitar).
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14 Romance ( G. Mertens )
Introducing position play between pos 1 and 5. Moderate speed
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15 Synchronisation Study ( G. Mertens )
Dynamic expressions. Tricky finger lifting. Positions 1 and 5.
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16 Concert Toccatina ( G. Mertens ) plus a change of positions exercise.
A student wished to play J.S.Bach's Toccata in d minor. I explained, it's impossible on guitar, but promised to write something very similar. Effective and similar.
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17 Outer Space Sounds - unaccompanied ( G. Mertens )
Atmospheric 12 Tone music.
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Mertens,
Georg - Prelude No 1 - after H.Villa-Lobos for John Spiller
John asked me if I could write him a similar piece to Villa-Lobos Prelude I, but without the hard bits [grading 4 out of 10]
An effective performance piece in the style of Villa-lobos, technically easier.

Sheetmusic $2.50 (will be send per email)



Satie, Erik / Three Gymnopedies - No 1 (solo guitar)
- So far as I have found, this is the most faithful transcription and in sound the most comparable.
[grading 6 out of 10]

Sheetmusic $2.50 (will be send per email)



Scarlatti
, Domenico / Sonata A major - Andante cantabile (solo guitar)

K .208 / L.238 [grading 8 out of 10] (the K & L No's are wrong in the Barrueco edition)[grading 5 out of 10]

plus
Scarlatti, Domenico / Sonata E minor - Andante (solo guitar)
K .32 / L.423 [grading 6 out of 10] very beautiful

Sheetmusic of the 2 Sonatas $3.50 (will be send per email)

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G U I T A R - T A B S

of Classical Pieces - Tabs with rhythm notation

(In alphabetical order after composers)


I wrote this Tab's in 1980 before Tabs became popular.
I used a system, which combines our Tab of today with the Rhythm writing of our traditional music notation.
This way of writing did not become popular although I find it by far superior to our Tabs of today.
(see also the last Tab from c 1540) .

Sample:



5 Pieces by J.S. Bach

Bach J S - Bourree in e minor (Tab)
- from Lute Suite No 1 [grading 6 out of 10]
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Prelude C major from the "Well tempered Clavier" (Tab)
BWV 846 [grading 6 out of 10]
Sheetmusic $2 (will be send per email)


Prelude from Cello Suite No I (D major, original G major) BWV 1007 (Tab)
[grading 7 out of 10]
Sheetmusic $2 (will be send per email)


Little Prelude C major (Praeambulum) BWV 924 (Tab)
[grading 6 out of 10]
Sheetmusic $2 (will be send per email)


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Prelude A minor BWV 929 (Tab)
[grading 5 out of 10]
Sheetmusic $2 (will be send per email)



Sheetmusic of the 5 pieces by J.S. Bach above in TAB $8 (will be send per email)

3 Romantic Pieces for Classical Guitar

Fernando Sor - Study in B minor (Tab)
- beautiful simplicity. Also technically a fantastic study [grading 4 out of 10]
Sheetmusic $2 (will be send per email)



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Spanish Romance
(Tab)
- One of the most famous pieces ever written for guitar [grading 6 out of 10]
Sheetmusic $2 (will be send per email)


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Francesco Tarrega - Lagrima (Tab)
- A beautiful slow piece, very Romantic. Lagrima means "tear" [grading 5 out of 10]
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3 Romantic Pieces for Classical Guitar
Sheetmusic TABs of the 3 Romantic Pieces above $5 (will be send per email)


Luis Milan - Pavan 1 & 4 (This TABS have been written c 1540 !)
- [grading 5 out of 10] (FREE download)

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To the History of TABS (Tabulatures) :


By many Classical players TAB's are regarded as "amateurish", unprofessional. However, Tabulatures are the original writing for guitar & lute.
This TAB here is a reprint of the original from c 1540!
What we call today our standard music notation is in fact also historically a Tab. It was introduced as a Tab for organ:
The notes represent the white keys, any derivation needs an "accidental", a # or b and are the black keys.
The base for this scale is natural a minor, the letters a - g from the alphabet, the same notes as for C major.

This is also the reason why our standard writing is inconvenient for guitar.
Sometimes from one note to the other it's only one fret (a semitone), at other times two (a tone).
In the standard notation we need to learn the Tab for the white keys of the piano before we can translate the music into "guitar language".
Our symbols for the accidentals b and # and natural are going back to the gothic writing of b and h.
The h was the first black key to accomodate our non phrygian scale starting from A, also used in the major scale as the leading note.
In fact in Germany the note B represents our Bb, where as the note B is in German still called H.
The German notes ABC are the start of a phrygian scale, pointing to the Eastern origin of our scale system.
The English system threw the H out altogether and replaced in it with B.
This means the alphabetical scale in England and Germany is a different one.(In Westminster Abbey is an early Renaissance painting still showing the scale including the notes B and H
pointing out that the letter H for our B of today had been used in Britain as well; see this picture in the Bach suites Analysis).

RT


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C E L L O -M E T H O D   by   G E O R G   M E R T E N S  (free) 

(for questions / tuition contact: georgcello@hotmail.com)

 From the Beginning to the Completion of Position 4

This Cello Method sets the following standard:.

* Every piece is a musical unit.
* Exercises are short and to the point.
* Pieces are accompanied with a second cello.
* The progression of pieces and exercises ensures every new step is prepared.
* Students will enjoy every step and progress gradually from level to level without suddenly experiencing obstacles

Georg Mertens has been a cello teacher for more than 40 years.
During his studies he researched for hiswritten thesis all available teaching methods.
Most methods have their strong point and their weakness.
Georg's duty was to work out these strong points and weaknesses.
Consequently he sat down to write a method combining the strong points and avoiding the weaknesses.
He started his first method in 1975 - and none of the numbers remained the same over the years!

Today many new cello methods are often "designed" not primarily to learn to play cello but to play as early as possible with other players together, including brass - a technically unrelated instrument.These methods often teach wrong techniques and of course in an illogical order for cello.
This cello method is written just for cello, has been tested and corrected.

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VOLUME 1 No. 0 - 50 FIRST POSITION - UPDATED JUNE 2016


(see below for Volume 2):

No 0 - 3 INTRODUCTION INTO BOW AND LEFT HAND

TIPS for using this Cello-Method

How to Practice? - Good ideas

No 0 - Getting started
- The open strings / the reading concept / up & down bow.

No 1 - Learning to play in rhythm on open strings
- Includes 1/4 reading, counting & playing 4/4, rhythmical bow movement and feel / rests.

No 2 - Half notes on open strings (1/2)
- Teaches to create a more continuous sound and a feeling for the bow ; bow treatment for the different strings.

No 3 - Rain, rain go away [traditional English]
- Introducing the left hand, reading 2 notes without finger indication, stretch from1 - 4, pizzicato ; with 2nd cello already playable for students.

No 3 Extra - Hot Cross Buns - for our young players


 

No 4 - 9 EASY READING IN THE KEY OF D MAJOR

No 4 - Open strings accompaniment to No 5
- The accompaniment has the exact same bowing as the song, preparing to use in the song bow and left hand together.

No 5 - Twinkle, twinkle little Star [melody: Traditional Austrian]

No 6 - French Folk Song [Traditional French] with 2nd cello for the teacher
- Starting V in order to have the finish notes in down bow / most students will hear themselves that their 3d finger is too flat; this is an exellent piece to sharpen their ear - they will be grateful.

No 7 - Tica tica Tuc - tuc; Quavers/ 8th notes [Mertens] with 2nd cello for students
- Repetitive rhythmical pattern, fun for students, also introducing 1st finger on G and C string.

No 8 - Frere Jacques / Where is Thumbkin [Traditional French]
- In Frere Jacques every bar is repeated; the repeated bar has no fingerings

No 9 - All my little Ducklings / Alle meine Entchen [Traditional German] with 2nd cello for students
- All my little Ducklings is a song based on a scale, in Germany the first beginner song.

 

 

No 10 - 15 SONGS IN THE KEY OF D MAJOR

No 10 - Scale in D major
- The scale has a rest between the notes to prepare the next finger and to teach not to lift the bow.

No 11 - Two Intonation Exercises to play 3rd and 4th finger close together.

No 12 - Lightly Row / Haenschen klein [Traditional German] corrects mistakes in the too well known Suzuki version / with 2nd cello

No 13 - Song of Joy / Ode to Joy / Ode to peace / Freude schoener Goetterfunke [Beethoven] with easy 2nd cello for students
- Easy up and down reading song ; recommended for memory play ; introduction of dotted rhythm.

No 14 - Fox Song / Song of the Wind / Fuchs du hast Gans gestohlen [Traditional German] with 2nd cello for students. Corrects mistakes in the Suzuki version
- Rhythmical movement song ; teaches to leave a finger on the old string for convenience and better intonation.

No 15 - Bee baa Bootzelman / Der Bi Ba Butzelmann [Traditional German] with a fun pizzicato part for the teacher
- Rhythmical song & dance with contrasting middle part in dotted rhythm ; teaches 2 up bows in a row on different strings and note reading with larger intervals.



No 16 - 21 THE KEY OF G MAJOR / 2nd FINGER

No 16 - The Notes in G major /

No 17 - The scale in G major with accompaniment

No 18 - Andantino [Carcassi] - Introducing the 2nd finger / with cello accompaniment for the teacher
- Finally a typical instrumental piece, a joy to play. This little piece fixes often the problem of touching by mistake the wrong string.

No 19 - Silent Night / Heilige Nacht [Max Gruber] with 2nd cello for students
- This song has a wide range covering all notes from the C on the A string to the open G string.

No 20 - Happy Birthday [Traditional English] with 2nd cello for students

No 21 - Arpeggio Study [Mertens] - see No 24 for this Arpeggio stud yas a cello Duo with slurred bowing.




No 22 - 27 SLURS

No 22 - a / b / c / d - Slur Exercises
- Learning slurs in string crossings and also from note to note. Trains a gradual transition between strings. Makes aware of and corrects bow direction.

No 23 - Quick Tune, 2 notes slurred [Mertens] for 2nd cello for students see below
- Fun piece in Irish style with frequent 2 note slurs in string crossings and parts of scales. Sounds great.

No 24 - Arpeggio Slur Study: Like No 21, but 2 slurred with cello 2 in imitation of cello 1

No 25 - Rigadoon [Purcell] for Accompaniment see No 44
- Typical instrumental dance. Favourite of all students. Makes them practice the harder bits.

No 26 - Nun ruhen alle Waelder [Bach]
- The original tune was by H.Isaac c. 1490. One of Bach's favourite melodies.

No 27 - Down in these Woods / Dort niedn in jenem Holze [Traditional German]
- Beautiful Renaissance song.

 

 

No 28 - 35 THE KEY OF C MAJOR

No 28 - Scale in C major with accompaniment
- as a Duo an ideal meditative starting piece

No 29 - Study in C major [Mertens] with 2nd cello for students

No 30 - Nimble Fingers [Mertens] 2nd cello in pizzicato for students
- Strictly always separated 8/8. The piece is based on the C scale. It is physically more fun and teaches the scale.

No 31 - The Hippopotamus - [Mertens] 2nd cello accompaniment for the teacher
- A funny piece, portraits the character of the Hippo using the low register; convincing when performed.




No 32 - Maienzeit / Maytime [Neidhardt] with 2nd cello for students
- Written c. 1200, the oldest song I know. Beautiful flow of melody in the aeolian mode. Slurs are balanced 2/8 against 1/4.


 


No 33 - Scarborough Fair [Traditional English] with 2nd cello for students
- Famous Renaissance song. Uneven bows, always 2/4 down against 1/4 up, a challenge to control the eveness of sound.

No 34 - Sakura, Sakura [Traditional Japanese] 2nd cello for students, but difficult
- Famous Japanese song, very slow and full of character. Teaches patience in the bow.

 

 


No 35 - Intonation Study [Mertens] 2nd cello accompaniment for the teacher
- The student can listen to the resonance of the open strings vibrating in the octave. Very educational.

 

 

No 36 - 40 MUSIC FROM DIFFERENT CULTURES

No 36 - Hartikvoh [Traditional Jewish] with 2nd cello for students
- Beautiful Hebrew melody , favourite of many students.

No 37 - The Ashgrove [Traditional English] for 2nd cello for students see No 40a
- Cheerful old English tune with a dance like middle section.

No 38 - Pavan [ Luis Milan]
- Pavan = a proud Remaissance peacock dance (with the feather in the helmet); this slow dance is one of the earliest instrumental compositions in history.

No 39 - Study in C major after Fernando Sor / for 2nd cello for students see No 42a
- Originally for guitar, this study is like written for the cello, sounds wonderful and Includes all notes from the open C string to the high C on A; great reading skill study.

No 40 - Early one Morning [Traditional English] with 2nd cello for students
- Seemingly easy, this little old song is a challenge for string crossings.

 

 

No 41 - 48 BOW VERSATILITY

No 41 - Staccato Exercise

No 42 - Double Stop Exercise

No 43 - Morning Stroll [Gretchaninov]
- Teaching 2 up bows in a row with in different characters; teaching also switching from pizz. to arco.

No 44 - Rigadoon II [Purcell] Accompaniment to No 25
- This time the accompaniment is much harder than the melody ; a slower pace is recommended for learning.

No 45 - We wish you a Merry Christmas [16th Century Anonymus] with 2nd cello for students
- Famous Renaissance song with counter melody.

No 46 - Study in G major after Dotzauer / with 2nd cello for students
- 4 & 8 notes slurred ; great study for even bow movement.

No 47 - Hornpipe [Irish Fiddle Tune] with 2nd cello for students
- Well known fast Irish tune.Teaches to hold the first finger unmoved. Short bows bring speed.

No 48 - Double-Double Stops. Bouncy cello duo, both parts playing double stops!


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No 49 - Sound development Exercises & Learning Vibrato
-  A: The "BOW on SOFA"
- B: The "Pressure Test" /
- C: Bow & Sound Exercise /
- D: Testing Bow, string and Cello
- V: Sound Quality & Vibrato

No 50 - Tuning with Harmonics
- Training to play Harmonics / Fine Tuning practice

          

The harmonic note "a",
   Left: on the A  string                Right:  on the D string
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No 49 - Sound development Exercises - Learning Vibrato
-  A: The "BOW on SOFA" Exercise / B: The "Pressure Test" / C: Bow & Sound Exercise / D: Testing Bow, string and Cello
- V: Sound Quality & Vibrato

No 50 - Tuning with Harmonics
- Training to play Harmonics / Fine Tuning practice


 

The Extended Positions and Positions 1/2, & 2,3,4

51 - 55 THE EXTENDED FIRST POSITION (BACK / b )

[Difficulty grading of No 51 - 64: 2 out of 10]

No 51b - Exercise for .the Extended Position back (b)

No 51 - Dona, Dona [Traditional Yiddish] for 2nd cello see below.
- Starting extensions with the extension back brings the hand naturally in the correct position for all extensions.
Watch that the 4th finger is always back in tune!

No 52 - Choral: Christus der uns selig macht [Bach] with 2nd cello for the teacher
- This Choral is not only very beautiful, it also includes extending from1 to 2 upwards in slow motion.

No 53 - Spagnoletto [Cesare Negri] with 2nd cello for students
- Bouncy Renaissance dance with fast extension play.

No 54 - Passamezzo [Phalese] with 2nd cello for students
- Ancient dance (1560) with an interesting striking harmony: G minor alternating with F major (Aeolian).
It is important not to rush bar 1!

No 55 - Chorea. beautiful Renaissance Dance - cello Duo
- Double stop in extension



 

COMPARISON of 1st Position and its Extensions
- Note that the Extension up (#) should look and feel in the hand the same as the Extesnion back (b)
The whole hand should move including the thumb, which should always go with the second finger.


56 - 60 THE EXTENDED FIRST POSITION UP ( # ) compared to down (b)

No 56 - Exercises for the Extended Position (#) - PHOTOS

No 57 - Scale in D major / No 58 - Study in D [Mertens] with 2nd cello for students
- 2 octave D major scale is the essential extension scale. The study reinforces by repetition the extension steps.

No 58 - Variation on "Frere Jaques"

No 59 - Study in Aeolian mode [ Mertens] with 2nd cello for students [new 2016]
- Written in B minor, the relative to D major.Tthe Aeolian mode (like melodic minor down) has something very appealing.

No 60 - Minuet in C [Petzold / Bach] for 2nd cello for students see No 68
- This famous Minuet has the extension in only one spot. The difficulty lies rather in the bow.

 

 

61 - 64 FIRST POSITION WITH BOTH EXTENSIONS - PHOTOS

No 61 - Scale in D melodic minor

No 62 - Gilderoy [Traditional Irish ; (with 2nd cello for students)
- "The boy with red Hair", a beautiful melodic tune in D minor.

No 63 - Danza [Chilesotti] (with 2nd cello for students)
- A very rhythmical, syncopated dance demonstrating the joyful rhythm of the Rennaissance people. Fun as a Duo.




No 64 - Greensleeves [after Francis Cutting 1560] with 2nd cello for students.
- The original Greensleeves is not Aeolian (Vaughan Williams got it wrong), but in minor with a major dominant.
It is a written in the form of an Sicilienne, and by contemporaries called: "An Italian Ground"




65 - 68 THE HALF POSITION


No 65 - Exercise for Half Position - PHOTOS

No 66 - Tis the last Rose of Summer [Thomas Morley] with 2nd cello for students.
- This song is often mentioned in literature e.g. by Jane Austen.
Thomas Morley (1557-1602), who was also a leading music theorist, had a rare gift to write in a simple beauty.

No 67 - Study by G.F. Dotzauer (with 2nd cello for students)

No 68 - Accompaniment to Minuet in C [Petzold / Bach, No 60]





69 - 73 THE SECOND POSITION

No 69 - Exercises for Second Position (not extended) - PHOTOS

No 70 - Hungarian Dance [Book of Sopron] (with 2nd cello for students)

No 71 - Dominion [Irish Traditional] (with 2nd cello for students)

No 72 - Mordent & Trill

No 73 - Bianco Fiore [Cesare Negri] (with 2nd cello for students)

 

 


74 - 78 THE SECOND POSITION EXTENDED & Low Second Position

No 74 - Exrecise for 2nd Positiuon extended - PHOTOS

No 75 - Old Reel [Traditional Irish] (with 2nd cello for students)

No 76 - Minuet II in C [Petzold?/Bach] (with 2nd cello for students)

No 77 - Irish Washerwoman [Traditional Irish] (with 2nd cello for students)

No 78 - The LOW SECOND POSITION - The little Drummer Boy - includes drumming! (with 2nd cello for students)

 



79 - 81 THE HIGH THIRD POSITION - PHOTOS

No 79 - Exercises for the High Third Position

No 80 - Alman [anonymus 16th century] (with 2nd cello for students)

No 81 - Dorogoi Dlinnoyu (Those were the days my friend) [Boris Fomin] (with 2nd cello for teacher)
This instrumental tune became known as the song "Those were the Days" with Mary Hopkin 1968



 



82 - 83 THE LOW THIRD POSITION
- PHOTOS

No 82 - Swedish Tune [Bernhard Romberg] (with 2nd cello for students)

No 83 - Minuet in d minor [Bach/Petzold] (with 2nd cello for students)




84 - 86 THE EXTENDED THIRD POSITION

No 84 - Study for the Extended 3rd Position [Mertens]

No 85 - Hook Stroke Studies

No 86 - Theme from "Nutcracker Suite" [Tchaikovsky] (March of the Toy Soldiers)

 

 

87 - 93 THE FOURTH POSITION - Photos

No 87 / 88 - Scale in G major / Exercise for Positions 1 to 4 (Photos)

No 89 - Study in G major for Positions 1-4 [Mertens] see below for the accompaniments

No 89b - Study in G major "reverse" - in Duo with No 89

No 90 - Jesu meine Freude, Choral for 2 cellos [J.S.Bach]

No 91 - Study with Harmonics: Cantilena - Andante [A.Kummer]

No 92 - Spiccato Exercise in preparation fopr No 93

No 93 - A  Hundred Kisses [Traditional Hungarian Gypsy]

No 94 - Systematic Exercise for Position 1 - 4 for all strings with accompaniment
            - with Photos for positions 1 - 4 on all strings

No 95 - Autumn Leaves [J. Kosma] beautiful Duo for cellos.

No 96 - Introduction into the Tenor Clef

No 97 - Giga [Domenico d'alla Bella] First part is in bass clef, second part tenor. 12/8 bar/measure.
               Great introduction into playing tenor clef; beautiful Baroque piece.

 

 

 

 

Major Scale Patterns


Students are usually taught to learn scales one after another without using any understanding. If they haven't played a scale for a while, they forget it.
But all scales have their pattern of intervals, and of course the fingerings will be the same, when they start with the same finger.

Find here the patterns of the fingerings for the major scales.
In 2 weeks students will remember all major scales for all times
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Fingering Sheet for all major scales (3 octaves)



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