Monday, 10 December 2012

Handel Rigaudon

Rigaudon and the movement that follows it, from Handel's Water Music Suite No.2, arranged for 4 guitars. I listened to Le Concert Spirituel perform it at the Proms this year and couldn't get it out of my head. I felt a definite need to arrange it. In the pdf file the score is followed by the parts. Scribd insists on calling it Rigaud On. Oh, well.

Thursday, 15 November 2012

Bach Duets

Simple Bach arrangements for guitar duet:
Read this document on Scribd: aria

Read this document on Scribd: minuet1

Thursday, 8 November 2012

Christmas Carol Tabs

It'll soon be December again. The pdf document below includes the guitar tabs, chords and tunes for the following Christmas Carols:

Away in a Manger
Ding Dong Merrily on High
God Rest ye Merry Gentlemen
Good King Wenceslas
I Saw Three Ships
Jingle Bells
O Christmas Tree (O Tannenbaum)
O Come All Ye Faithful
Once in Royal David's City
Silent Night
The Holly and the Ivy
We Three Kings
While Shepherds Watched

Thursday, 1 November 2012

The Sailor's Hornpipe

Harder than it looks, I think - especially if you want to play it fast. There are two versions here: the second includes tab and chords.

Saturday, 17 March 2012

Guitar Quartet

Published at the start of the 19th century, Peacock's Tunes is a collection of folk melodies for Northumbrian pipes. This suite of pieces is arranged from the book. Some of the parts are easier than others - none harder than Grade 2. It includes The Oyster Wife's Rant and O Say Bonny Lass. The downloadable pdf below includes both score and parts.

Saturday, 22 October 2011

Michael Finnegan

Michael Finnegan arranged for guitar trio. All parts are elementary - the middle part very much so.

Sunday, 16 October 2011

Battle Pavane

An arrangement of Susato's Pavane: La Bataille (The Battle Pavane)(1551) for guitar quartet. It's a great piece of early music to play. It's usually played on loud instruments - but it's no less effective on quiet ones! I've simplified it very slightly in one or two places but I don't think the simplifications detract from the overall effect. Works well with a drum playing an ostinato of one crotchet, two quavers. One performer on its first outing pointed out that there's a quote from the film "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang" in it. I hadn't noticed.

The document below incudes the score plus parts for all four players.

Thursday, 21 July 2011


Tuesday, 19 July 2011

Twinkle Twinkle Little Star

Or, if you prefer, the French tune Ah! vous dirai-je, Maman, first written down and printed in 1761. Mozart wrote variations on it. Combine it with Jane Taylor's famous short poem (first published in Rhymes for the Nursery in 1806) and you have the ubiquitous Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, as sent up by Lewis Carroll - and beloved of people learning instruments ever since.

Tuesday, 12 July 2011

Summer Study