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The below is only a reference of progression I expect from students - specific repertoire is selected on an individual basis.

Beginning Classical Guitarists:

Charles Duncan: A Modern Approach to Classical Guitar, Book 1

Intermediate Rep List:

Fernando Sor Etudes on Amazon

Villa-Lobos Solos on Amazon

Bach - Prelude from the First Cello Suite free Download

Bach - Allemande or Bouree, BWV 996 free Download

Advanced Rep List:

1. Large scale work by Giuliani or Sor

2. Large scale work by a Spanish composer: Torroba, Turina, Albeniz, Rodrigo

3. Large scale work by a modern composer: Brouwer, Dyens, Berkeley, Takemitsu

4. A Bach lute suite


Charles Duncan: The Art of Classical Guitar Playing

Pumping Nylon - Scott Tennant on Amazon

Segovia scale exercises on Amazon

Segovia slur exercises on Sheet Music Plus


For reference as an example of progression I expect from students - repertoire selected on an individual basis.

All jazz, blues, or pop students, regardless of level, must bring a Guitar Binder with these specifications to every lesson.

Semester 1

Semester 2

Backing tracks:

Semester 3

Autumn Leaves - [Kenny Burrell, Sunup to Sundown] [Tal Farlow, Jazz Masters] [Hank Garland, The Guitar Artistry of] [Jim Hall, Alone Together] [Joe Pass, Unforgettable]
D Natural Blues* [Wes Montgomery, The Incredible Jazz Guitar]
Freddie Freeloader* [Wes Montgomey, Portrait of Wes] [Miles Davis, Kind of Blue]
Impressions* or So What - [George Benson, Beyond the Blue Horizon] [Grant Green, Sunday Mornin'] [Pat Martino, Consciousness] [Wes Montgomery, Smokin' at the Half Note] [Miles Davis, Kind of Blue]
Satin Doll* [Kenny Burrell, Lotus Blossom] [Tal Farlow, The Complete Verve Sessions] [Joe Pass, Sophisticated Lady] [Wes Montgomery, A Dynamic New Sound: Guitar/Organ/Drums]

Semester 4

All Blues - [Kenny Burrell, In a Mellow Tone] [Part Martino, Live at Yoshi's] [Miles Davis, Kind of Blue]
Blue Bossa [Pat Martino, Comin' and Goin'] [Joe Pass, the Big Three]
Four [George Benson, Givin' it Up] [Miles Davis, Four and More]
Four on Six* [Wes Montgomery, The Incredible Jazz Guitar] [Pat Martino, Remember]  [John Scofield & John Abercrombie, Solar]
Groovin' High - [Kenny Burrell, In a Mellow Tone] [Dizzy Gillespie, Groovin' High]
In a Sentimental Mood [Kenny Burrell, Lucky So and So] [Jim Hall, It's Nice to be With You]
Misty [Wes Montgomery, Smokin' at the Half Note] [Johnny Smith, The Sound of...]

Semester 5

Airegin* [Wes Montgomery, The Incredible Jazz Guitar] [Grant Green, Nigeria]
All the Things You Are [Grant Green, Standards] [Pat Metheny Trio, Live] [Joe Pass, Virtuoso] [Jimmy Raney, Wisteria] [Howard Roberts, Good Pickin's]
Giant Steps
Have you met Miss Jones? [Joe Pass, Virtuoso] [Jimmy Raney, Pennies from Heaven]
Stella by Starlight [Tal Farlow, This is Tal Farlow] [Grant Green, I Want to Hold Your Hand] [Jim Hall, Jazz Guitar] [Joe Pass, Virtuoso] [George Benson, Tenderly] [Jimmy Raney, Pennies from Heaven] [Miles Davis, Kind of Blue]

*Transcribed solos available in Wes Montgomery Guitar Anthology

Expectations for Jazz majors per semester:
- Standards - Comp, head, and scales/modes (140 bpm minimum) for at least 2 standards per semester
- Transcription by notation from the Real Transcription Book, the Wes Montgomery Guitar Anthology, or similar repertoire
- Transcription project by ear (or transcribed original solo)
- Major students: Chord solo arrangements from this book or similar repertoire. Original arrangements optional.