The ensemble pieces below were written or arranged specifically for my students, keeping both their technical ability and needs as well as their aesthetic enjoyment in mind. From that perspective, I consider these works as sort of a collaboration between teacher and student. They've worked quite well in my program. My students have been quite enthusiastic to play these pieces and our audiences have really enjoyed listening to them. I hope they work equally as well for you.
Almost all of my students enter the guitar program with no music-reading skills. Therefore, the first semester of the first year is spent building music literacy in the context of guitar duets. A few of these duets are listed below, the rest are in the beginning book. By the second semester, students start learning the beginning quartets below. I've listed these in the order they are presented in the book. The intermediate through advanced duets and quartets are for my second through fourth-year students. These are not listed in any progressive order or level of difficulty.
Below, you can listen to a little home recording I made of the pieces and download the score and parts to fit your needs. If you are a guitar educator, keep in mind that the beginning pieces are already contained in the beginning book, which can be downloaded on the Curriculum page for free. The intermediate–advanced curriculum is separated into three books – Classical, Rock, and Guitar Ensemble. There is not a single pdf of the Guitar Ensemble book, but all the material from that book is below.
Click on the + sign next to the title to listen to a recording of the piece and download a pdf of the score and parts.
Note: In each of the beginning duets below, players will switch parts on the repeat of each section, giving both players the opportunity to play melody and accompaniment.
Bouree (j.s. bach)
Ave Maria (F. Schubert)
In the context of my beginning curriculum, this duet served as an etude, introducing the p-i-m-a-m-i right-hand pattern.
Note: Below are two versions of this arrangement.
First Position Version: When arranging this duet, I had to consider a couple of factors. First, at the time I introduce this piece, my students are still playing in first position. Therefore, I reluctantly had to utilize the open E string, which I find rather expressionless. Secondly, these students will have not yet learned bar chords. Therefore, the intro an outdo sections, which contains bar chords, are optional.
Version 2: This version is identical to the first-position version with the exception that it will move out of first position on occasion in order to avoid some open strings.
INTERMEDIATE - ADVANCED DUETS & TRIOS
GYMNOPÉDIE NO. 1 (SATIE)
NEW INTERMEDIATE – ADVANCED QUARTETS
first snow (LOU WARDE)
Étude (LOU WARDE)
passacaglia (Lou warde)