How to Choose a Classical Guitar Repertoire

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Diversity is important when choosing a classical guitar repertoire. Choose a classical guitar repertoire with help from a Los Angeles-based guitar player in this free video clip.

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Hi, I'm Marcus Gerakos. I'm a Guitarist base here in Los Angeles area. I do a lot of filming and TV work here and I also play a lot of classical music, in case maybe recitals and recordings for classical repertoire. And today's topic is how to choose a classical repertoire if you're a classical guitarist. I think it's important to have some diversity; I think it's important to have some stylistic contrast. I think it's important just to have hills and valleys in your program if you're planning a, a performance program that will be interesting from the beginning and then will be engaging from the very first piece to where you think your final curtain call. And we're going to just take a short little survey to some possibilities that you can choose. I would, if you're, if you're choosing some material from the, the Baroque period, I think Johann Sebastian Bach would be a great place to start. Here is the Grobe Fuge from the Ludwig A major. That might a good opening piece, something that engages people, something that people can easily easily hear to distinguish the melody. I might also include maybe some music from Italy, from a different country in Europe containing with the Western European classical music tradition, maybe something by Paganini from the 24 Caprices Opus 1. This is number 24 in A minor, just the intro, just the, the main subject of it. Okay. Maybe you'll do something from a different continent, different culture altogether. I would suggest the, the guitar music of Heitor Villa-Lobos, Brazilian composer. He wrote, he wrote some wonderful music for the guitar, Melodic, music that has become a, are, are, a, an important essential part of the classic, modern classic guitar repertoire. Here is the Choros Tipico No.1. Okay. So once again, I would mix up your repertoire, maybe represent different time periods and development of the, of the classical music; represent different cultures, places in the world and just mix and match in such a way that it make sense that the, that the whole program has sort of logical flow from beginning to end. Once again, I'm Marcus Gerakos and our topic for today has been choosing a classic guitar repertoire.

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