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The catalog of guitar ensemble music given below consists mainly of well-known and widely familiar music. The catalog is divided into volumes, according to the style and type of music contained in each volume. The first volume is the Repertoire section from Melody Guitar, and the last volume is a collection of Bach Chorales. Other volumes include Noel (a collection of Christmas carols), a collection of children’s songs, a two-volume collection of traditional American songs, a three-volume collection of simple classical pieces, and a volume of short compositions by D. L. Stieg, the inventor of visualinear tablature.
Monophonic (one note at a time) parts guitar ensemble music is similar to the music of a choir or an orchestra. The individual parts often seem incomplete when sounded alone, but when the parts are sounded together, they combine to form a complete and self-sufficient whole. Singing or playing in a musical ensemble can be a very joyful and rewarding experience. Contributing your individual effort to the creation of a musically pleasing ensemble sound greatly enlarges that effort, sometimes in an almost miraculous way. The social aspect of ensemble participation, which often fosters a sense of common purpose among ensemble members, is also of great importance.
The preferred ordering format for the catalog of guitar ensemble music given below is e-scores, in which the visualinear tablature score tracks on the computer monitor while the music plays. The TefView Score Reader program and the TefView Primer, a guide to working with e-scores, can be downloaded free of charge on the Melody Guitar page of this website. The e-scores for the guitar ensemble arrangements given below obviously cannot duplicate the social aspect of ensemble participation. But these e-scores do represent a unique and equally valuable learning opportunity, because they are an excellent tool for learning to play all the parts of an arrangement. There is no more fascinating or enjoyable way to learn how a parts arrangement is constructed than to learn to play all of the individual parts. The intuitive understanding of music that can be developed in this way is no less valid, and no less useful, than a theoretical understanding of music. Both types of understanding are essential to the development of musical skill and musicianship.
The catalog listing given below includes speaker icons for each of the 190 guitar ensemble arrangements contained in the catalog. These speaker icons allow for listening to each arrangement, in its entirety, in MIDI format. Each of the 190 individual listings in the catalog also includes a reference number, the number of parts in the arrangement, the key of the music, three difficulty levels, and an Add to Cart button. The difficulty levels for the melody, the easiest part, and the hardest part of each arrangement are given on a scale of 1 to 3, with 1 representing a beginning level, and 3 representing an intermediate level of playing skill. The Add to Cart buttons can be used to order individual arrangements in e-score format, at a cost of only 50 cents each.
This catalog of music offers a unique opportunity to economically focus your efforts on music you would most like to learn. This is so because you can listen to each of the arrangements, choose the music you like best, and order e-scores for individual arrangements at a very reasonable cost. The e-scores can also be ordered by the volume, as indicated directly beneath the volume titles in the catalog listings. Print scores of the arrangements, in PDF format, can also be ordered by the volume. The print scores are offered mainly to facilitate the analysis or the performance of the arrangements, but may also be of service to those who prefer reading music from a printed page rather than a computer monitor. The two final ordering options at the bottom of the catalog listing allow for the purchase, at a reduced price, of the 40-arrangement Anthology collection. The individual arrangements from each volume that are included in the Anthology collection are identified in the catalog listings by means of asterisks.
You can advance the catalog to a particular volume by clicking on one of the links provided below. You can read the Introduction to any of the 10 volumes, or the Introduction to the Anthology collection, by clicking on the corresponding title in the catalog listings.
- Melody Guitar
- Children's Songs
- Traditional American Songs I
- Traditional American Songs II
- D. L. Stieg I
- Mixed Classical I
- Mixed Classical II
- Mixed Classical III
- Bach Chorales