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Classical Guitar Songs


Songs for the Classical Guitar is a bit of a peculiar term because it can mean two different things and I will cover both of these right here on this page. By songs we could be referring to popular music songs like compositions from the beatles, eagles etc. And we could also be referring to those pieces of work that are classical and perfect for the solo guitar yet not really considered "songs" they are better defined as compositions.

In either case I have highlighted the best of both these worlds right here for you and when possible I have also given you public domain sheet music that you can download.


Traditional Songs for the classical guitar

Here are a selection of pieces that are simply perfect for the guitar. They come out of the classical repertoire and many of them you have no doubt heard.

Adelita -This is a very recognizable and pretty easy piece to play. It was composed by Tarrega and it has a distinct Spanish flare to it.

Greensleeves - This is a perennial favorite. A song that has passed to us anonymously through the centuries.

Beethoven's Moonlight Sonata Another wonderful piece.

Mozart's Turkish March - Great piece


Most Popular Classical Melodies for Easy Classical Guitar Easy arrangements with tab for 36 beloved pieces, including: Air on the G String * Ave Maria * Canon in D * Clair de Lune * Fur Elise * Ode to Joy * Surprise Symphony * and more. The CD includes complete performances of all pieces. (This is a great selection for beginners. It gives you easy arrangements of very famous and wonderfu sounding pieces)



Contemporary songs for classical guitar

It is much easier to make available to you the older pieces because they are now in the public domain. So, I can't offer you much in terms of modern songs for the classical guitar. But i can make some recommendations based on my personal repertoire. So, here are some wonderful pieces from today that play really well on the guitar. You can get these the actual sheet music from a wide variety of places including amazon and musicnotes. com

Bohemian Rhapsody Tab PDF - This is a difficult piece to master but it is simply brilliant. It may take you a while to learn this but it is most definitely worth it. Everybody will love this piece and everybody knows it.


Recommendations for popular music songs that sound great on the classical guitar:

Stairway to Heaven - This is the anthem of a whole generation of rock music and the guitar arrangement by Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin is one of the best pieces of guitar music ever written. Don't let the fact that this is a hard rock band scare you away from this piece of music. It is a stunningly beautiful piece of music.

Vincent - (Starry, Starry, Night) This is a beautiful song written by Don Mclean and it is a great piece for classical guitar. There are many interpretations of this song but I highly recommend you use the arrangement created by Chet Atkins. It is quite possibly the best piece of guitar music ever written.

Blackbird - by the Beatles - This is a perfect piece for a beginner to learn. It has some very unique sliding up and down the fretboard and some great interval playing.

Yesterday - Another piece by the Beatles and arguably one of the most beautiful melodies ever written.

If - by Bread - This is an old song written in the 70's by a pop group. It has a haunting melody and a great arpeggio style of finger picking that sounds great on the classical guitar. This is a great intermediate level piece.

Your Body is A Wonderland - John Mayer borrows from the art of Flamenco the technique of tapping on the guitar for this song, which makes for some nice acoustic variety in your repertoire. It is a novelty but sounds great.

Unchained Melody - Alex North and Hy Zaret - This is a piece of music that has been performed for over 50 years now and for good reason. It is a beautiful and simple piece that can be quickly learned.

Hotel California - The Eagles - Originally written for the 12-string guitar this song plays extraordinary well on the classical guitar and really expresses that 70's soft rock feeling.

Time In A Bottle - Jim Croce had a very unique style of playing folk guitar and this style translates well to the classical guitar. This piece is one of his best pieces in that it showcases some really beautiful, and unique, guitar phrasings.

Tears in Heaven - Eric Clapton is hailed as the king of rock and roll guitar and for good reason. He has the ability to play absolutely anything flawlessly. Tears in Heaven is the perfect slow pop piece to showcase how the classical guitar can cross genres into the world of pop music.

Cavatina - This is the theme song for the movie "The Deer Hunter".


Popular Songs for the Classical Guitar -

(Guitar Solo). 20 songs carefully arranged for easy classical guitar in standard notation and tablature, including: Can You Feel the Love Tonight * The First Cut Is the Deepest * Hello * I Will Always Love You * Killing Me Softly with His Song * Moon River * Somewhere Out There * A Time for Us (Love Theme) * Unchained Melody * What a Wonderful World * and more. Includes standard notation and tablature

Classical Guitar Masterpieces of the 19th Century

. Carefully graded pieces in logical progression written by a professional classical guitar teacher
. 56 of the most important pieces written for classical guitar by the great guitar composers of the Classical period, including Sor, Aguado, Carcassi, Coste, Carulli and Giuliani
. Easy-to-read classical guitar music for beginners with fingerings included
. Professionally colored illustrations


Popular Classics for Classical Guitar Volume 1

. 35 of the world's most popular classical music pieces brilliantly arranged for classical guitar by a professional classical guitar teacher
. Difficulty levels ranging from easy classical songs for guitar to more advanced classical music for guitar
. Easy-to-read classical guitar sheet music
. Color-restored illustrations of the classical music composers featured in the book


Popular Classics for Classical Guitar Volume 2

. Jean Paul Martini, Edvard Grieg, Amilcare Ponchielli, Giuseppe Verdi, Franz Schubert, Franz von Suppe, Ludwig van Beethoven, Johannes Brahms, Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Gioacchino Rossini, Jeremiah Clark, Georges Bizet, Felix Mendelssohn, Edward Elgar, Johann Strauss, Josef Haydn, Sebastian Yradier, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Jan Ivanovici, Jacques Offenbach, Frederic Chopin, Leo Delibes, Antonin Dvorak, Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakov, Johann Sebastian Bach, Richard Wagner, Claude Joseph Rouget de Lisle, Emil Waldteufel, Johann Pachelbel