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(@yournightmare)
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Although I don't really like listening to it, for some reason I like playing classical music. I know some F. Carruli, Moonlight Sonata, just started Swan Lake about 15 minutes ago, and a few others.

I'm looking for some suggestions about songs to learn. Since I don't listen to classical music, it's a little bit hard for me to find songs! I've been playing less than two years, so please take it easy on me.

It seems like most of the discussion here is about blues and rock, but there's got to be some of you who can recommend some classical songs. Thanks!


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(@benpari)
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Dee, by Randy Rhoads (Ozzy Osbourne). Its technically not classical but it sounds amazing.

I can get you the tabs/music for it if you would like (scans of the sheet music).

if you can play really really well then try flight of the bumblebee.


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(@yournightmare)
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I'll check out Dee but I don't even want to learn Flight of the Bumblebee. I like playing slower songs, I just think they sound better and it makes me feel good to play slower (up to 120 bpm or so) songs because I just kind of drift away with the music, which I can't really do with fast songs. Plus, one of the reasons I like playing classical is because it really helps me relax, which of course fast songs wouldn't do.

Thanks for the response, I'll post again when I find Dee!


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(@yournightmare)
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OK, I just checked out Dee and although it's faster than what I'm looking for I'm definitely going to learn this one! It looks really fun to play and it does sound really good. Thanks a lot!


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 KR2
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You've heard Johann Pachelbel's "Canon in D" (also known as the Theme from "Ordinary People")
How about Fur Elise? Beethoven
J. S. Bach's Minuet in C (or G)
Classical Gas?

although not classical
Love is Blue - you know "blue, blue my love is blue . . . . "
Greensleeves (it's a classic - don't know about classical )

It's the rock that gives the stream its music . . . and the stream that gives the rock its roll.


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 Nuno
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This site could be useful: http://www.music-scores.com/


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(@boxboy)
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This site could be useful: http://www.music-scores.com/

+1.
I spent a bunch of time there when I started learning piano. It's a great site.
One great thing about the classical genre is so much is public domain. So you can find quality transcriptions for a ton of stuff.
:)

Don


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(@beaner)
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As a youngster I always wanted to master Cavatina, the theme from The Deer Hunter by John Williams.
Might be worth a listen.

Regards,
Paul


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(@steph)
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Un Dia De Noviembre by Leo Brouwer is a piece I am looking into at the moment, quite a slow and relaxed song. I can recommend it.
Here is a youtube rendition of it by Peo Kindgren
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aNbr3l0c0TE


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(@hueseph)
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Meat and potatoes classical:

anything by Tarrega. Particularly Recuerdos de la Alhambra. Tarrega's stuff is tough to learn.

Anything Bach.(Johann Sabastian not Johan Christian)Particularly Lute Suite in A minor - Fugue. I've tried to learn that one for years. It's just a lot to memorize. For an easier one though try Lute suite in Eminor- Allemande

Here's the link to the powertab file:
http://www.powertabs.net/tablature.php?id=11275

And, Powertab editor if you don't have it:

http://www.download.com/Power-Tab-Editor/3000-2133_4-10502034.html?part=dl-PowerTabE&subj=dl&tag=button

https://soundcloud.com/hue-nery/hue-audio-sampler


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(@hueseph)
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Un Dia De Noviembre by Leo Brouwer is a piece I am looking into at the moment, quite a slow and relaxed song. I can recommend it.
Here is a youtube rendition of it by Peo Kindgren
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aNbr3l0c0TE

Man! Have you looked into any of Leo Brouwer's other material? He is an insane genius! That Peo Kindgren aint no slouch either. He does an excellent and faithful version of Astor Piazzolla's Milonga Del Angel. Thanks for that link.

https://soundcloud.com/hue-nery/hue-audio-sampler


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(@noteboat)
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More ideas... try "Romanza", a traditional piece. Not that difficult; I have a 2nd year classical student working on it now. There's also Bach's Cantatas, many of which have been arranged for guitar - "Jesu Joy of Man's Desiring" is available in arrangements ranging from really easy to stuff I can't play :)

If you read standard notation, Frederick Noad assembled several books by era (Baroque, Renaissance, etc). All of them have some easy pieces.

And to add to the Brouwer/Rhodes suggestions, Brouwer's Estudios Sencillos #6 was lifted by Rhodes for "Diary of a Madman"

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(@hueseph)
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Another easier on from Tarrega. Lagrima. Easy to learn. Difficult to execute with conviction. Segovia would be a good example of execution for this one.

https://soundcloud.com/hue-nery/hue-audio-sampler


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(@rjnix_0329)
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I haven't learned to play a lot of classical songs, but I do listen to a lot of it now. I was never very interested in piano (though I enjoy a wide range of music), but when we brought in a classically trained piano player into our band, it added so many layers that I became entranced. I started listening to a lot of classical, and I found that sitting back and listening to it not only calms me, but also is a great place for inspiration! Chord progressions, rhythms, riffs, and licks can all be created by listening to classical music. Nothing I do is exactly the same, but the swelling of the music and the rises and falls of the pitch lead me to create some very interesting ideas. It is sort of similar to something that Slash does, where he listens to monks chanting on CD in order to come up with the power chord riffs that he uses. Inspiration comes from everywhere, I suppose. Sorry, I sort of went off on a tangent, but classical music has certainly added a lot to my creative influences.


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(@gotdablues)
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Hey, what about Silent Night arranged by David Hodge, right here on this very site :D

I start working on that every Dec for the past 3 years, maybe I'll finally have it right by this Christmas

Pat


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