Bourrée In A Major-Bach (1685-1750)

Second to last song in my project, Bourrée in A Major by Bach can be found on page 89 of Christopher Parkening’s Guitar Method, Vol. 1. I actually love some of Bach’s simpler pieces and this is one of them. It was very easy to learn. Now, on to the last song and then to a new project.

Italian Dance – Neusiedler (1508-1563)

Another study from the Christopher Parkening Guitar Method, Vol. 1. “Italian Dance” by Hans Neusiedler (1508-1563) can be found on page 88. I’m glad to be done with this one. The middle section was giving me fits, mostly because I tried to take on a couple of extra projects.

March of the Ants – Original Composition

March of the Ants was a tune that I had in my head for 15 years or so and didn’t really know what to do with it until I took up classical guitar. Then it took another year or so to complete it and write it down. Now, a few years later, I finally recorded it. It is based on Proverbs 6:6-8, “Go to the ant, O sluggard, Observe her ways and be wise, Which, having no chief, Officer or ruler, Prepares her food in the summer, And gathers her provision in the harvest.”

Kemp’s Jig – Anonymous

Kemp’s Jig is the next song in the beginning studies project. I’ve gone back to the simple songs to practice my practice or to learn how to practice. While the songs aren’t “perfect,” I have learned a lot about practicing. Three songs to go to finish this project. This song can be found on page 87 of Christopher Parkening’s Guitar Method Vol. 1.

Sounds Like Rain – Original Composition

This is a re-recording of “Sounds Like Rain,” one of my original compositions. It was the first song I wrote after beginning classical guitar lessons. It has become a sort of love song to my wife, Catherine, since this was the first song I played for her while we were courting. It’s based on Matthew 5:45. God’s love is so strong that He even sends His rain on the unjust as well as the just. The score is available in the store.

Minuet – Robert De Visée (circa 1660-1720)

Here is the Minuet by Robert De Visée. It can be found on page 86 of the Christopher Parkening Guitar Method Vol 1. It’s certainly not my best recording, but here it is anyway. Please forgive a few technique mistakes. I’m ready to be finished with this project.

Simple Gifts – Anonymous

The first video for 2014 is Simple Gifts by Mr. Anonymous. It can be found on page 86 of the Christopher Parkening Guitar Method, Vol. 1. I’m counting down the last few studies in my “project” to record the easy studies out of this book, six pieces to go. I wanted to go back and practice my practicing and found several good approaches to practicing a piece of music.