Some of the main challenges when learning classical guitar are all the rules, restrictions and incredibly difficult pieces to play, plus having to buy a nylon string guitar and foot stool, grow and maintain our fingernails, rest strokes, free strokes, and etudes. Add to that all the intimidation of the genre and it’s no wonder most guitarists give up! While putting in the tremendous effort is very worthwhile, most of us simply don’t have the time required to put in the required practice.
So how about getting back to the fun of playing classical guitar music? That is my goal with this post and others. So I have posted a relatively easy classical guitar version of JS Bach’s Minuet in G. It has the melody and a bass note to accompany it.
Learn how to play JS Bach’s Minuet in G arranged for you in a way that is easy to play on an electric guitar. No complex moving bass lines and other issues. Your thumb plays the bass and your index/middle finger play the melody however you’d like to finger it (alternate index and middle if you wish).
The music also shows the chords so you can understand the chord progression. You can listen to Minuet in G here:
Here’s the full sheet music:
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If you’re so inclined, look at the chords and see the chord progression and cadences (hint lots of I, IV and V in key of G start). You will rarely see any chords or analysis of Bach’s pieces so this can remove some of the fear and intimidation of the genre when you see how basic the chord progressions are! Transpose it to other keys. We can also use this basic structure to expand upon or for classical improvisation, adding more bass notes for example or using the chord progression but making up our own melody.