Thursday, 9 December 2010

A Carol Arrangement

One of my favourite carol tunes. Personent Hodie was first published in 1582, in the Finnish collection of songs, Piae Cantiones, along with Good King Wenceslas and Unto Us a Child is Born (well, those are the words we put to the tunes these days).

This arrangement is a simple one - it's about Trinity Initial Grade level.

If you're after a lot of carol tunes, click on "Christmas Tabs" link, above.

Monday, 29 November 2010

Two Little Pieces

Two pieces for classical guitar. I was going to call them studies but that sounds more boring. The first (all about spreading easy chords with the thumb) has a jazz feel, the second is lively and dramatic.

The first is about Grade 2 (Trinity), the second is harder - and harder to define Grade-wise, I think.

Wednesday, 10 November 2010

The Free Guitar Music Bumper Book of Christmas Tabs!

Includes the guitar tabs, chords and tunes for:

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


Another movement arranged from a Haydn Baryton Trio - this time a Minuet. The middle part has been rewritten: it's been made very simple, using only G, A, B and C.

Sunday, 7 November 2010

Three Tunes

Amazing Grace, The Can Can and Joshua at the Battle of Jericho.

Elementary, but not as easy as those in the previous post.

Saturday, 6 November 2010

The Sailor's Hornpipe: with Tab

The Sailor's Hornpipe with tab and chords.

Elementary Tune Sheet

A sheet of very elementary pieces for children - ranging from 3-note tunes to 5-note tunes. It includes Old McDonald Had a Farm and Little Bo Peep.

In case anyone is interested in a fuller version of the Three Note Jig included on the sheet, I've uploaded a complete version of that tune as well.

Monday, 1 November 2010

Haydn Trio

A movement from a Haydn Baryton Trio, arranged for three guitars. I've not seen any dynamics in the original and as it seems like a good piece for pupils to work out good ones for themselves, I thought I'd leave them out too.

Wednesday, 13 October 2010


For learning notes on strings 4 and 5, with a bit of revision of the top three strings thrown in.

Friday, 8 October 2010

Pentatonic Blues (Tab Version)

A version with tab of a piece I posted last week...

Wednesday, 29 September 2010

Sunday, 19 September 2010


An easy tune, with tab.

Wednesday, 15 September 2010


This piece, Carcassi's Pastorale, is on the Trinity Grade 4 syllabus.

Wednesday, 1 September 2010

A Simple Blues Trio... a pentatonic scale selected to help make the hardest part of the trio easier.

Tuesday, 22 June 2010

A Sheet of Tunes...

Includes The Can Can.

And a tab version (well, of the first two tunes)...

Wednesday, 26 May 2010

Drunken Sailor

Unusual for this blog as it includes tab.

Monday, 17 May 2010

Thursday, 6 May 2010

A Page of Rounds

Points of entry are shown by double barlines.

Wednesday, 21 April 2010

A page of easy tunes...

Includes Aura Lee, Red River Valley and The Worried Man Blues.

Thursday, 15 April 2010

Ellan Vannin

I wrote this trio after a visit to The Isle of Man. I came across a number of traditional tunes I didn't know there - this was one of them.

The notes are easy - putting it together, a bit harder.

I've got a few more posts in the pipeline: a sheet of elementary tunes, a collection of rounds (a bit harder) and a blues trio. I've also noticed that recently there's been a tendency for me to post ensemble pieces. There's a couple of solo pieces (Grade 2/3) coming up too.

Thursday, 28 January 2010

Hero Tordenskjold

An easy duet based on a Danish folk song.

Sunday, 10 January 2010

Sur le Pont...

Sur Le Pont d'Avignon, for 1 to 4 guitars. Very easy and adaptable. For example, the 4th part is a descant and could just be played the second time were the piece to be played straight through twice.

Tuesday, 5 January 2010

Haydn Minuet

A Haydn Minuet from a Piano Sonatina, arranged for three guitars.