Students

Classical Guitar Preparation
Students should read through Carcassi’s 25 guitar studies (Opus 60)  We will study classical guitar first semester at DSA.
These studies will help you improve sight reading and technique – many of them are very beautiful.
Do not memorize the music. Play one page as slowly as you need. Correct mistakes – then move to the next page (do not worry about playing perfectly). Notice the dots below many notes (for your right hand) – 1 dot means use your index finger, 2 dots middle, 3 dots ring finger. Most of the time you will play the lowest notes with your thumb. The numbers are for your left hand.
You will notice improvement in a few days, so be patient!
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The following link will take you to a revised published version of Opus 59, and Opus 60, including Carcassi’s 25 studies.  I recommend concentrating on Opus 60 (the 25 studies that begin half way through the book).
Complete Carcassi Guitar Method
The following websites have free Classical Guitar music written by many composers.
Simply look through the collections, or type the name of a guitar composer (more free music reading material).
http://www.classicalguitarschool.net/en/
http://totalguitarist.com/music/classical/
http://www.forrestguitarensembles.co.uk/solos.html
http://www.muslib.se/ebibliotek/boije/indexeng.htm
http://www.kb.dk/en/
Jazz Guitar Preparation
The following chord page has a variety of Jazz chord voicings and can be used to read through jazz standards.
Jazz Chord Voicings
Try to read a few songs each day. Here is a link to the “Real Book” (jazz standards).
http://www.amazon.com/Real-Book-Hal-Leonard-Corporation/dp/0634060384
The following links have great information about improvising (free). Jamey Aebersold identifies scales that will work with every chord you might find. Learn the scales in one octave from each string, in every key. Find a pattern you like and then move it around for different keys.
For example, scales that begin on note (g), begin the scale on the (D) string 5th fret, then on the (E) string 3rd fret, then on the (A) string 10th fret, then on the (G) string 12th fret.
Jamey Aebersold scale syllabus
Every chord has a corresponding scale
www.jazzbooks.com/mm5/download/FREE-scale-syllabus.pdf
Detailed explanation on how to use the scale syllabus and Aebersold’s advice about improvising
valdez.dumarsengraving.com/JameyAebersoldJazzHandbook2.pdf