LAGA Classical – Curriculum Contents

 Please note – since we update the curriculum regularly, the lessons listed below might not reflect the latest pieces added to the curriculum.

LEVEL 1

Level One covers warm-up techniques, posture, as well as hand and finger positions, basic drills, the first position notes, the rest stroke, proper nail care, hammer-on, and staccato techniques for a solid foundation. Learn how to read music with our proven, step by step system.  Even at this level, you will not be bored, because you will learn to play beautiful music–not the contrived tunes that many entry-level programs offer. Finally, we teach you methods to relax the tension that many beginners feel. Level One gets you off to a good start!

Part 1: Technical Basics; First String Notes
Warm-up routine
Sitting position with a foot stool
Sitting position with a knee stool
Nail preparation – Step 1
Nail preparation Step 2
Left hand basics, spider walks
Spider Walks
Right hand basics, free stroke
Rest stroke
The i-m alternation
Combining left hand and right hand
Chromatic drill
Rhythm drill on the first string
Play Song
Play Song – Close-up View
Play Song – Play Along Track
Riddle
Riddle – Close-up View
Riddle – Play Along Track

Part 2: Second String Notes
String Drill for the Second String
String Crossing Drill
Game Song
Game Song – Close-up View
Game Song – Play Along Track
Ambos a Dos
Ambos a Dos – Close-up View
Ambos a Dos – Play Along Track
Eighth Note Drill
Bucket Story
Bucket Story – Close-up View
Bucket Story – Play Along Track
A la Volette
A la Volette – Close-up View
A la Volette – Play Along Track
Game Song
Game Song – Close-up View
Game Song – Play Along Track
Scale for Slender Roman Tree
Slender Roman Tree
Slender Roman Tree – Close-up View
Slender Roman Tree – Play Along Track
Go Around My Garden
Go Around My Garden – Close-up View
Go Around My Garden – Play Along Track
Spring Dance
Spring Dance – Close-up View
Spring Dance – Play Along Track
Hammer-on Drill
Scale for Swapping Song
Swapping Song
Swapping Song – Close-up View
Swapping Song – Play Along Track

Part 3: Third String Notes
String Drill for the Third String
Let’s Play
Let’s Play – Close-up View
Let’s Play – Play Along Track
String Drill for the First, Second and Third Strings
Little Tea Pot
Little Tea Pot- Close-up View
Little Tea Pot – Play Along Track
Drill for Lunarijitu
Lunarijitu
Lunarijitu – Close-up View
Lunarijitu – Play Along Track
Let’s Bake Something
Let’s Bake Something – Close-up View
Let’s Bake Something – Play Along Track
Rhythm Drill for Marrope
Marrope
Marrope – Close-up View
Marrope – Play Along Track
Rhythm Drill for Little Chicks
Little Chicks
Little Chicks – Close-up View
Little Chicks – Play Along Track
Scale Drill for Round Dance
Round Dance
Round Dance – Close-up View
Round Dance – Play Along Track
Supurgesi Yoncadan
Supurgesi Yoncadan – Close-up View
Supurgesi Yoncadan – Play Along Track

Part 4: Fourth String Notes
String Drill for the Fifth String
Bingo
Bingo – Close-up View
Bingo – Play Along Track
Scale Drill for Rain Dance
Rain Dance
Rain Dance – Close-up View
Rain Dance – Play Along Track
Romance
Romance – Close-up View
Romance – Play Along Track
Scale Drill for Greensleeves
Greensleeves
Greensleeves – Close-up View
Greensleeves – Play Along Track
Scale Drill for Cantico
Cantico
Cantico – Close-up View
Cantico – Play Along Track
Fast Dance
Rhythm Drill for Sindhio
Sindhio
Sindhio – Close-up View
Sindhio – Play Along Track
Que Importa
Que Importa – Close-up View
Que Importa – Play Along Track

Part 5: Fifth String Notes
Craftsman (5th string)
Craftsman – Close-up View
Craftsman – Play Along Track
Lullaby
Lullaby – Close-up View
Lullaby – Play Along Track
Two Pigeons
Two Pigeons – Close-up View
Two Pigeons – Play Along Track
Staccato Drill
Kitty, Kitty
Kitty, Kitty – Close-up View
Kitty, Kitty – Play Along Track
Bailecito
Bailecito – Close-up View
Bailecito – Play Along Track
Where Are Your Geese?
Where Are Your Geese? – Close-up View
Where Are Your Geese? – Play Along Track
Scale Drill for Ala Gozlum
Ala Gozlum
Ala Gozlum – Close-up View
Ala Gozlum – Play Along Track
Staccato Drill for Tarantella
Tarantella
Tarantella – Close-up View
Tarantella – Play Along Track
Rhythm Drill for Dance from Kongo
Dance from Kongo
Dance from Kongo – Close-up View
Dance from Kongo – Play Along Track
Well-Muscled Horse
Well-Muscled Horse – Close-up View
Well-Muscled Horse – Play Along Track

Part 6: Sixth String Notes
String Drill for the Sixth String
Phrygian Scale with P
Phrygian Scale with i-m
Lao Duang Duen
Lao Duang Duen – Close-up View
Lao Duang Duen – Play Along Track
My Village
My Village – Close-up View
My Village – Play Along Track
Near My House
Near My House – Close-up View
Near My House – Play Along Track
Carefree Vagabond
Thumb Drill for Millpond
Millpond
Millpond – Close-up View
Millpond – Play Along Track
Off We Go
Off We Go – Close-up View
Off We Go – Play Along Track
Jaska’s Ride
Jaska’s Ride – Close-up View
Jaska’s Ride – Play Along Track
Rhythm Drill for Mercedita
Mercedita
Mercedita – Close-up View
Mercedita – Play Along Track

Part 7:
How to change the strings – Bridge, Part 1
How to change the strings – Bridge, Part 2
How to change the strings – Nut Side

 

LEVEL 2

At Level Two, you’ll already be playing pieces from great composers such as Fernando Sor and D. Aguado, as well as much-loved familiar pieces, like “Greensleeves.” In Level Two, you will learn how to play arpeggios in various fingering combinations. Tone color and dynamics are important parts of your development as an artist. Level Two is your introduction to those key components. You will continue to learn more about relaxation techniques designed to help you enjoy your practice time. We end this level by learning how to play glissandos–adding even more flair to your music.

Part 1: Basic Arpeggio Package I
Arpeggio 1
Arpeggio 2
Arpeggio 3
Arpeggio 4
Arpeggio 5
Arpeggio 6
Arpeggio 7
Arpeggio 8
Arpeggio 9
Arpeggio 10
Arpeggio 11
Arpeggio 12
Arpeggio 13

Part 2: Beginning Repertoire Set I
Open string pitch equivalences
Basic chord drill
i-m string crossing
Study 1 by F. Sor
Musical performance, dynamics
Color Drills
Study 2 by F. Sor
Study 3 by F. Sor
Study in A minor by D. Aguado

Part 3: Beginning Repertoire Set II
Greensleeves
Packington’s Pound
Study in C major, F. Sor
Contradanza
Andante in A minor, F. Sor
Valsecito by J. Cardoso

Part 4: Bonus Repertoire Set

 

LEVEL 3

Classical music buffs will enjoy the selections we study in Level Three. The pieces cover four periods of music: the Renaissance, the Baroque, the Classical, and the Romantic. Level Three has selections by Coste, Krieger, Carulli, and a great arrangement of Brahms’ famous “Lullaby” cancion.
Level Three will introduce you to many techniques foundational to your development as an artist. A review of arpeggios begins Level Three. Then we introduce two new arpeggios: a five-note arpeggio and a “planted” arpeggio. Planted arpeggios provide you with a solid left-hand foundation for free stroke playing, as well as training the flexor muscles in your forearm. Level Three introduces you to grace notes–common ornaments in guitar music. Grace notes are a technical foundation for trills, as well as being useful in their own right. Building on that foundation, we introduce actual trills. At this level, we stress scales and other exercises to help your technique. Scale studies never become boring, for alongside of the scales, you will learn pieces which incorporate these right into the music. You will learn vibrato in Level Three, along with rhythmic structures which are more complex than the ones you have previously learned. You will enjoy the more challenging music theory that you learn in Level Three, because it will relate directly to the pieces that you are learning.

Part 1: Basic Arpeggio Package II
Arpeggio 1
Arpeggio 2
Arpeggio 3
Arpeggio 4
Arpeggio 5
Arpeggio 6
Arpeggio 7
Arpeggiato

Part 2: Technical Basics II
Pull-offs – Left-hand
Pull-offs – view 2
Grace note drill – Left-hand
Descending grace notes  – Left-hand
Hammer-ons 1
Hammer-ons 2
Hammer-ons 3
Hammer-ons 4
Trills 1
Trills 2

Part 3: Technical Basics III
Scales 1
Scales 2
Scales 3
Scales 4
Scales 5
Scales 6
Scales 7
Scales 8
Vertical Stretches 1
Vertical Stretches 2
Tuning the sixth string to D
Vibrato 1
Vibrato 2

Part 4
Tanz
Minuet by J. Krieger
Bouree by J. Krieger
Andantino by F. Carulli

Part 5
Cancion by J. Brahms
Allegretto by M. Giuliani
Chammarita by J. Cardoso

Part 6
Higher Position Notes – Overview
First string notes on higher positions
Shifting drill on the first string
Study by N. Coste
Allegretto by M. Giuliani
Volte

Part 7
Study in C major
Minuet in G main
Rasgueado Doble by J. Cardoso
Albazo by J. Cardoso
Study No. 3 by F. Sor

Part 8: Bonus Repertoire Set

 

LEVEL 4

Level Four starts by reviewing your staccato technique, then taking it to a higher level. Because the pieces you will be learning will become more difficult, you will learn more about how to stretch and strengthen your fingers and hands. One of the most exciting developments at this level will be your growing ability to learn your pieces well enough that you can hear them in your mind, even without a guitar in your hands. This ability will help you to make choices that help your dynamics, tone color changes, and tempo adjustments to sound natural, not contrived. You will continue to refine your artistic development, since you will reach an important milestone in the intermediate repertoire.
Level Four will also introduce you to the Flamenco rasgueado and the bar technique, which will be important additions to your technical arsenal. You will study great works by Carcassi, Sor, Aguado, Milan, and even the prolific Argentine composer, J. Cardoso!

Part 1
Staccato
Right hand staccato
Glissando drill
Jump drill
Second string notes on higher positions
Third string notes on higher positions

Part 2
Horizontal stretches – 1
Horizontal stretches – 2
Horizontal stretches – 3
Horizontal stretches – 4
Horizontal stretches – 5
Horizontal stretches – 6
Horizontal stretches – 7
Horizontal stretches – 8
Horizontal stretches – 9

Part 3
Flamenco rasgueados – 1
Flamenco rasgueados – 2
Flamenco rasgueados – 3
Flamenco rasgueados – 4
Flamenco rasgueados – 5
Flamenco rasgueados – 6
Flamenco rasgueados – 7
Flamenco rasgueados – 8
Flamenco rasgueados – 9
Flamenco rasgueados – 10
Flamenco rasgueados – 11
Flamenco rasgueados – 12
Flamenco rasgueados – 13

Part 4
Chromatic octave arpeggios
Chord drills – 1
Chord drills – 2
Chord drills – 3
Chord drills – 4
Polo Venezolano by J. Cardoso
Drill for Etude no.9 by M. Carcassi
Etude No. 9 – M. Carcassi

Part 5
Snap drill for 2-string bars
Drill for 2-string bars
Snap drill for 3-string bars
Snap drill for 3-string bars
Bailecito by J. Cardoso
Nocturne by D. Aguado
Saltarello
Second string notes on higher positions
Diatonic second string notes on higher positions
Shifting drill on the second string 1
Shifting drill on the second string 2
Study in E minor by N. Coste

Part 6
Study in D major by N. Coste
Drills for the Study No. 35 by N. Coste – 1
Drills for the Study No. 35 by N. Coste – 2
Drills for the Study No. 35 by N. Coste – 3
Study No. 35 by N. Coste
Gato by J. Cardoso
Study in D minor by N. Coste
Chamame by J. Cardoso

Part 7
Pavana by L. Milan
Hinge bar drill
Minuet by R. de Visee
4 string bars
Natural harmonics drill
Mi Favorita drill
Estudio no.6 by F. Sor
Study no.2 by F. Sor

Part 8
Five-string bars
Variations on a Renaissance Theme, part 1
Variations on a Renaissance Theme, part 2
Variations on a Renaissance Theme, part 3
Variations on a Renaissance Theme, part 4
Study no.2 by F. Tarrega

Part 9
Six-string bars
Study no.17 by M. Giuliani
Study no.1 by N. Coste
Story no.5 by F. Sor
Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring by J. S. Bach
Galopa by J. Cardoso

Part 10: Bonus Repertoire Set

 

LEVEL 5

Level Five will focus your attention on refining your artistry by helping you research the background of the composer and his or her culture. Understanding the story behind the music makes it come alive in your mind–which comes through in your performance. With your considerable technical arsenal–which at the end of this level will include right-hand harmonics–you will now be able to translate that understanding into your playing. Higher-position notes give you more range; octave harmonics produce gorgeous tones. Level Five’s intensive repertoire study will challenge you with works by M. Giuliani, R. Johnson, Narvaez, Scarlatti, Bach, and many more.

Part 1
Allegretto by M. Guiliani
Fourth string notes on higher positions
Waltz in A minor by F. Chopin
Theme from Swan Lake by Tchakovsky
Habanera from Carmen by G. Bizet
Alman by R. Johnson
Guardame las Vacas by L. de Narvaez
Study in  G minor by N. Coste
Study no.1 by M. Giuliani
Samba by J. Cardoso
Gymnopedie no.1 by E. Satie

Part 2
Fifth string notes on higher positions
Air on the G String by J. S. Bach
Traumerei by Schubert
Adagio by Albinoni
The Story of the Kalendar Prince by R. Korsakov
Promenade by M. Mussorgsky
Study no.6 by M. Giuliani 1
Study no.6 by M. Giuliani 2
Vidala by J. Cardoso
Vidalita by J. Cardoso

Part 3
Dido’s Lament by H. Purcell
Ave Maria by F. Schubert
Torija by F. M. Torroba
Vals Venezolano by J. Cardoso
Canarios by G. Sanz
Saraband by R. de Visee
Aria by Scarlatti
Menuet in G major by J. S. Bach

Part 4
Sixth string notes on higher positions
Artificial Harmonics Drill
El Sueno by A. Barrios – part 1
El Sueno by A. Barrios – part 2
Cueca by J. Cardoso
Etude no.3 by Carcassi

Part 5: Bonus Repertoire Set

LEVEL 6

In Level Six, you will build your concert and recital repertoire by learning many important works written for the guitar, including all-time classics by Tarrega, an important theme and variations work by F. Sor (a landmark piece that guitarists use in competitions and auditions), as well as the gorgeous Catalonian song, El Testament D’Amelia. You will learn the double pull-off technique, as well as building your proficiency in playing chords and in your tremolo technique–a major milestone in learning to play the classical guitar. You will learn what an impact phrasing can make on your music. More knowledge of music theory, of physical and mental preparation for performance will make Level Six an important building block on your journey as an artist.

Part 1
Five-note chords
Pizzicato
Prelude by F. Chopin
Lagrima by F. Tarrega
Adelita by F. Tarrega
Romance

Part 2
Preludio by J. S. Bach
El Testamen de N’amelia
Milonga by J. Cardoso

Part 3
Variations by F. Sor, Introduction
Variations by F. Sor, Theme
Variations by F. Sor, Variation 1
Variations by F. Sor, Variation 2
Variations by F. Sor, Variation 3
Variations by F. Sor, Variation 4
Variations by F. Sor, Variation 5
Variations by F. Sor, Coda

Part 4
Tremolo drill
Tremolo Study – A
Tremolo Study – B
Tremolo Study – C
Tremolo Study – D

Part 5: Bonus Repertoire Set

 

LEVEL 7

In this level, you will refine your interpretive skills, preparing yourself to perform many pieces that are the gold standard for concert and competition performances. Works by master composers such as Barrios, Tarrega, and F. Sor will challenge you to become one with the music. Your speed, smoothness, and familiarity with the instrument will enhance your performance, while the relaxation techniques you learn will calm you and focus your mind.

Part 1
Capricho Catalan by I Albeniz
Spanish Dance No. 5 by E. Granados
Julia Florida by A. Barrios
Una Limosna by A. Barrios

Part 2
Fur Elise by L.V. Beethoven
Moonlight Sonata by L. V. Beethoven
In the hall of the mountain king by E. Grieg
Variations on a theme by Mozart by F. Sor, Introduction
Variations on a theme by Mozart by F. Sor, Theme
Variations on a theme by Mozart by F. Sor, Variation 1
Variations on a theme by Mozart by F. Sor, Variation 2
Variations on a theme by Mozart by F. Sor, Variation 3
Variations on a theme by Mozart by F. Sor, Variation 4
Variations on a theme by Mozart by F. Sor, Coda
Nessun Dorma by Puccini

Part 3

Spring from Four Seasons by A. Vivaldi
Ruhe Sanft by W. A. Mozart
E Lucevan le stelle by G. Puccini
Quando me n’vo by G. Puccini
Capricho Arabe by F. Tarrega
El Colibri by J. Sagreras
Las Abejas by A. Barrios
Recuerdos de la Alhambra by F. Tarrega

Part 4

Asturias (Leyenda), Op. 232 by Isaac Albeniz
Danse macabre, Op. 40 by C. Saint-Saëns
Capricho Arabe by Francisco Tarrega
‘Quando me n’vò’ from La Bohème by Giacomo Puccini
Spanish Dance No. 5: Andaluza by Enrique Granados
Gigue from the Partita for Lute in C Minor, BWV 997 by J.S. Bach
Spanish Dance No. 2 ‘Oriental’ by E. Granados
The Flight of the Bumble Bee by N. A. Rimsky-Korsakov
Lacrimosa, from Requiem in D minor, K. 626 by W. A. Mozart
Rondo alla Turca (Turkish March), III, K. 331 by W. A. Mozart
Clair de Lune, from Suite Bergamasque by C. Debussy

Part 5: Bonus Repertoire Set

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