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Baird Guitar Studio Publications - Teaching Tools

Unique Classical Guitar Transcriptions for
Guitar Teachers, Students and Classes

These Solo and Ensemble pieces are especially designed for recitals by classical guitar students and acoustic guitar classes.The guitar solos are complete works that vary in proficiency from beginner to moderate. The guitar chamber pieces work well as recital pieces for ensembles in a mixed-level class environment. The student/teacher duets work well in lessons and in student recitals.

As teaching tools, these pieces are excellent vehicles for teaching students to read standard music notation. They are fully fingered for both the right and left hands.

"I am teaching some young students guitar, and these [pieces] are well arranged/composed, and the students can feel a sense of success without too much detailed work."

~ Respectfully,  Michael Aukofer
Elgin, Illinois, USA


Guitar Solos for Students
Traditional Songs - Guitar Duets for Students and Teachers
  • Tradtional Song Anthology - songs from the United States and Great Britain.
    • The Ash Grove - traditional Welsh folk song
    • Down in the Valley - traditional United States folk song
    • Drink to Me Only with Thine Eyes - traditional English song
    • My Bonnie Lies Over the Ocean - traditional Scottish folk song
    • What Shall We Do with a Drunken Sailor - American sea shanty
Guitar Ensembles for Class
 

Guitar Solos for Students


Spanish Dance for solo guitar by James Baird

This energetic piece is excellent for developing good right hand technique. It employs a simple, repetitive arpeggio and 3 common chords. Chord symbols assist in remembering the left hand.

Spanish Dance by James Baird [ Score Preview ]

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Spring Song for solo guitar by James Baird

Spring Song is excellent for developing good legato left hand technique, moving smoothly from one chord to another with correct voice leading while sustaining notes in the bass. It employs a simple, repetitive arpeggio for the right hand and gradually changing harmonies for the left.

Spring Song by James Baird [ Score Preview ]

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Traditional Songs -
Guitar Duets for Students and Teachers

Traditional Song Anthology

The Traditional Song Anthology is a collection of traditional songs from the United States and Great Britain specially arranged for teachers and their students. These melodies will sound familiar to most guitarists, young or old, and each song presents opportunities for learning.

  • The Ash Grove - traditional Welsh folk song
    The Ash Grove is a traditional Welsh folk song dating from the early 19th century. Although the melody is older, the name is derived from early lyrics about a sailor's lover, lost and lying under "the lonely ash grove". Cite: wikipedia.org
  • Down in the Valley - traditional United States folk song
    Down in the Valley is a traditional American folk song. It is a simple love ballad in 3/4 time.
    Cite: wikipedia.org
  • Drink to Me Only with Thine Eyes - traditional English song
    Drink to Me Only With Thine Eyes is linked to "an obscure collection of love-letters" by Philostratus (historian of Greek culture in the Roman world). The late 18th century poem, attributed to John Addington Symonds, may be set to an older melody. Cite: wikipedia.org
  • My Bonnie Lies Over the Ocean - traditional Scottish folk song
    My Bonnie Lies over the Ocean is a traditional Scottish folk song. It could refer to a sailor pining for his lass, or it could be reference to Bonnie Prince Charlie honored in exile by is 17th century Jacobite supporters (proponents to restore Catholicism to the British Isles). Cite: wikipedia.org
  • What Shall We Do with a Drunken Sailor - American sea shanty
    What Shall We Do with a/the Drunken Sailor? is a 19th century sea shanty, that was sung to accompany certain work tasks aboard sailing ships. Its earliest appearances come from America, as chronicled in New London, Connecticut. Cite: wikipedia.org
The Ash Grove - traditional Welsh folk song
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Down in the Valley - traditional United States [ Score Preview ]
Drink to Me Only with Thine Eyes - traditional English song [ Score Preview ]
My Bonnie Lies Over the Ocean - traditional Scottish folk song [ Score Preview ]
What Shall We Do with a Drunken Sailor - American sea shanty [ Score Preview ]

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Guitar Ensemble Music for Classes


Johann PachelbelCanon in D - Johann Pachelbel (1653 - 1706)
Arrangement for Guitar Trio by James Baird

The ensemble setting for this well-known piece is for 3 guitars. Guitars 1 and 3 are written for the novice; Guitar 2 requires a little more proficiency. This trio works well in classes with students of varying ability.

Canon in D arranged by James Baird [ Score Preview ]

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Franz Joseph HaydnSurprise Symphony - Franz Joseph Haydn (1732-1809)
Arrangement for Guitar Trio by James Baird

Haydn's Symphony No. 94 in G major, better known as the Surprise Symphony, was composed in 1791. The premiere took place in London on March 27, 1792, with Haydn leading the orchestra from the fortepiano.

This edition, with parts for 3 guitars, presents the main theme of the second movement, marked Andante. Students enjoy playing Haydn’s “surprise” which occurs at the end of the repeat of the first of two eight-bar sections.

Surprise Symphony arranged by James Baird [ Score Preview ]

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ShakerSimple Gifts - Shaker Elder Joseph Brackett, Jr.
Arrangement for Guitar Trio by James Baird

Simple Gifts was composed by Shaker Elder Joseph Brackett, Jr. in 1848. The United Society of Believers in Christ's Second Appearing, more commonly called the Shakers, sang it as a work song. It gained international attention in 1944 in Aaron Copland's ballet score, Appalachian Spring and later included in his first set of Old American Songs.

This edition is set in parts for 3 guitars. Guitar part 3 in Version A contains arpeggiation in the last 8 measure phrase, for beginner players with moderate reading skills. In Version B, the 3rd guitar part is simplified in the final 8 measures.

Verse 1:
'Tis the gift to be simple,
'tis the gift to be free,
'tis the gift to come down where you ought to be,
And when we find ourselves in the place just right,
It will be in the valley of love and delight.

Simple Gifts (A) arranged by James Baird [ Score Preview ]
Simple Gifts (B simplified) arranged by James Baird [ Score Preview ]

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The Volga Boatman for guitar ensemble - Traditional Russian
Arrangement for Guitar Trio by James Baird

This trio arrangement of the familiar Russian traditional song works well in classes with students of varying ability.

Volga Boatman arranged by James Baird [ Score Preview ]

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