sightreading for guitarplayers
Why do guitar players only read in 4 keys(up to 3-4 sharps).There are a lot of jokes about Guitarists and sightreading. "Give a guitarplayer a score and he will immediately be silent."
By composing guitarmusic, it is very interesting to experiment with different keys.Each key gives new ideas of sound,fingering,technical experiences.I learned guitar playing by sightreading violin, flute or pianoscores.If you only stay in guitar music your horizon is up to 3-4 sharps.
My 24 Duets around the circle of fifths are composed for low level.(first position and simple rhythm). Guitar one is only written for one voice, Guitar two plays the accompaniments.All pieces can be played with Guitar and any melody-instrument.
Guitar I Left Channel / Guitar II right Channel
Sind Gitarristen schlechte Blattleser?
24 Gitarrenduos in allen Dur – und Molltonarten. In der Melodistimme und der Begleitstimme wird nur die erste Lage verwendet. Die Begleitstimme stellt etwas höhere Anforderungen. Die Melodiestimme kann auch von einem anderen Melodieinstrument gespielt werden. Abwechslungsreiche Musik mit hohem methodisch- didaktischem Wert.
useful sightreading material
Linda Kelsall Barnett, Classical Guitar Magazine
This volume of duos takes the circle of fifths as its starting point and presents a piece in each key in turn, major followed by relative minor. There is the often seen diagram of the circle of fifths on its opening page and C major is the appropriate starting point. Each duet is a miniature, one on each page, 20 or so bars in length. Presentation is good, there are speed indications and some dynamics but no fingering - this book is aiming to teach a sense of key through finding the right notes using an awareness of the key sIgnature. However, some fingering would be helpful in the more difficult keys for less experienced players, particularly in the accompaniment parts. The pieces are around grade 1-2 level technically and only move out of first position once or twice, and then only on the first string. Guitar one generally has the tune but guitar two's accompaniments are varied and the parts can be swapped around. The musical style is straightforward with a basic knowledge of rhythm required, and some use of ties and dotted notes. F major makes use of staccato. Some of the melodies are a little angular and there is occasional clumsiness in the partwriting where the harmony is not so effective, but I did like D major, B minor and D minor among others, all of which could be worked up into nice performances. Of most value for its didactic purposes, however; particularly useful sightreading material.
(Linda Kelsall Barnett, Classical Guitar Magazine, July 2002)