Music for Guitar Solo: Introduction
I have been using sheet music and MIDI software for quite a couple of years by now. I used it for arranging guitar duo pieces and music for flute and guitar. Another application turned out to be "putting on paper" of solo repertoire. Well, you know, there are a lot of anthologies for guitar pieces, but the ultimate collection of pieces you like to play, handsomely packed together in a binder, is never there. That’s because it’s a personal choice that develops over the years and adapts itself to achieved progress in technical abilities.
That is the reason why I started collecting my favourite repertoire, which will not actually be complete, because I am constantly finding new repertoire. You will find this repertoire on these pages after some time. It will be a steadily growing collection, because it takes some time to prepare all pieces for web publication. The pieces that were last added are marked by # in the N ("New")column
As a service to guitar players all over the world, I’ll put the sheet music of some duo pieces on this site in portable Document Format (PDF). I’ll limit ourselves to the pieces which are Public Domain. The sheet music can be viewed and printed, using the Acrobat Reader.
The sheet music had no fingering. That’s my policy: thinking about how to play the music is homework for the player!
I got a remark about the ornaments: usually I note down ornament notes without slur signs. Ik known, it’s a bit lazyness of me because these slur signs are tedious. So consider slurring implicit.
The side menu shows the style periods and genres from which you can select music. Each style period has a table which enables you to view the titles and to select the music. Selection has two options:
- Play/Read: Play the music and read the sheet music.
- Play: Play the music only, the score is not available due to copyright restrictions.
On the music pages you will options to show the sheet music (if available) or to return to the genre menu. Additionally you will find the media player to play back the music. Concerning playback, I complied with the Netiquette, you will have to press the Play button to listen to the music.
On the music pages you will options to show the sheet music (if available), to return to the genre menu or to return to the main menu.
Please Note! The music that you can play on this site comes from a MP3 file which has been generated from the raw sheet music. It sounds the way, a robot would play it, with little extra features which actually would have turned the sound into music. No dynamics, no expression, no feeling. Just consider the playback as a very cold impression of the piece. Remember that the guy or gal who is going to make music from the score, well, that’s you! Never forget that and don’t let the MP3 robot scare away or fool you!
Well, just a last remark to finish this page: the "engraving" of the sheet music is sheer hand work, i.e. input note by note and chord by chord. Just like word processing and text writing, there might be "textual" errors in the score. From my experience as a writer I know that quite a lot of errors will be apparent after the quality control and the publication, no matter how well you have checked the material.
So if you might find some errors in the sheet music, please report them to me. The quality of the sheet music on this site will improve if I get the possibility to correct the writing errors. If you find an error, please email the title of the relevant piece, its composer and the sequence number of the measure in which the error occurred. If you know the correction, please include it in the mail as well. The email address is: email@example.com
Thanks in advance and Happy Playing!