Ever since I decided to become a teacher, I have tried to combine the teaching aspect with the musical one, because I think it is important to understand, even in the early years of practice, what playing a piece actually means: that is, to learn to be expressive, to make sense of the writ- ten music and to go beyond simply reproducing notes.
The repertoire available to teachers nowadays is very broad and rich. Pupils often have to deal with pieces of music written hundreds years ago, pieces difficult to connect to – neverthe- less, they are part of a path that must be covered. On the other hand, students must encounter modern compositions, with their own contemporary musical language which needs to be deve- loped over the years: otherwise the lack of understanding leads to a risk of misrepresentation. Then, there are collections by composers and guitarists who work in the teaching environment and who try to grow the student’s repertoire with new pieces of music. Depending on the students’ potential, these pieces help them to improve technique and interpretation gradually, keeping them in touch with sounds and moods that are relatively simple and understandable.
This is therefore the aim of my collection: these ten pieces are of medium difficulty and have an international atmosphere, in the way that they move between languages that are typical of each country. Profiting from these idiosyncrasies, they deal with the technical elements that can be considered characteristic of beginners’ guitar: arpeggios, legatos, scales and so on. Each one has a rhythmically evocative style and often a folk-music inspiration, which the pupils themsel- ves will be able to set in their geographical and musical context and that they will certainly want to deepen, seeking the right interpretation, based on their knowledge of that particular musical landscape.
The journey starts in Rome (how could it not?) and lands in Nashville, city of jazz and blues music: it is not only a musical journey, but also a theoretical one throughout the study of the instrument. Therefore, my book is open to new genres of music, including even classical... just not too classical!
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