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Complete Sor Studies for Guitar

By David Grimes

Guitar (classical) - Beginning; Intermediate; Advanced
Composed by David Grimes. Solos, Style, Technique, Theory and Reference, Perfect binding. Editiones Classicae. Classic. Book. 160 pages. Mel Bay Publications, Inc #95110. Published by Mel Bay Publications, Inc (MB.95110).

Item Number: MB.95110

ISBN 9781562229474. 8.75 x 11.75 inches.

The guitar studies of Fernando Sor (1778-1839) have long been valued highly among the indispensable elements of a guitarist's training. A number of prominent virtuosi attribute a large portion of their development to the diligent study of these works. Sor's studies address an impressive array of technical and musical topics, including proper left-hand fingering, training of the right hand, interval and chord formations, scales, arpeggios, repeated notes, ligados, barring, natural harmonics, control of note duration, balance of melody versus accompaniment, and the handling of contrapuntal voices. A careful study of these pieces will lay the groundwork for a solid technique and allow the guitarist to build the control necessary for the expression of his or her musical concepts. In preparing this edition David Grimes worked with Sor's original publications, but incorporated some alterations that appear in those studies that Napoleon Coste chose to include in his Methode complete pour la Guitarre par Ferdinand Sor. Furthermore, Mr. Grimes has corrected misprints, modernized the notation and rectified some inconsistencies. Finally, some developments in technique since Sor's day have been incorporated in this edition.

  • Twenty-Four Little Progressive Pieces, To Serve As  Performed by Fernando Sor, Opus 44
  • Twenty-Four Easy Exercises  Performed by Fernando Sor, Opus 35
  • Studies For Guitar  Performed by Fernando Sor, Opus 6
  • Introduction To The Study Of Guitar  Performed by Fernando Sor, Opus 60
  • Twelve Studies For The Guitar  Performed by Fernando Sor, Opus 29
  • Twenty-Four Progressive Lessons  Performed by Fernando Sor, Opus 31

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  • 5

    Dave Hlatko
    Battle Creek, MI
    Difficulty Level:
    Early intermediate
  • June 01, 2006 From beginner to advanced, a great title

    This book is the best that I have ever seen by Mel Bay (usually I'm not impressed.) This book, however seems to break the standard Mel Bay mold and provides a comprehensive guide from beginner to advanced. This book alone would be a great study guide for the beginner...

    looking for a complete course of instruction for classical guitar. Highly recommended and well worth the investment. I'd also recommend purchasing "Sor: Complete Guitar Music, Vol 10" CD by Jason Vieaux, where the student can listen to most of the compositions in this book, including all of the 24 progressive pieces of Opus 44. Together they make an invaluable study guide...

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  • 5

    Eddie May
    New York, NY
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  • January 02, 2004 Excellent title

    An excellent title because of it's large selection of etudes which come in a veriety of skill levels and it's good price. An excellent title from Mel Bay(how rare). Good for the aspiring player or virtuoso

    25 of 48 people found this review helpful.
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