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Carcassi Lesson for Classical Guitar

If you would like to purchase the level 3 Repertoire Book you can download it here.

If you are an annual member, this book is included in your membership and can be downloaded on the courses page.

Carcassi Etude 16, from Opus 60 gives us the opportunity to work on several musical and technical elements of playing. Reminiscent, of a simple song or aria with vocal accompaniment, the piece sustains a broad simple melody that employs suspensions, repeated notes and measured phrasing.

The repeated notes, and indeed the andante tempt, invite us to repeat the right hand finger used to play the melody which can draw our focus to tone quality and consistency.

Also, we can find a challenge in both exploring new fingerings in the upper position and controlling the left hand articulation to accurately reflect rests that are marked in the score.

All together a wonderful piece to study and a rewarding piece of music to play.


I hope you enjoyed this free classical guitar lesson, if you did consider signing up for membership at Classical Guitar Corner which will give you many more lessons on a wide variety of topics.

2016-10-24T00:19:43+00:0016 Comments


  1. Linda Tsardakas August 7, 2016 at 4:47 pm - Reply

    Excellent tips for this beautiful piece of music!

  2. Lidia August 7, 2016 at 5:09 pm - Reply

    Thank you for being there…..:)

  3. Jan Mollitor August 7, 2016 at 5:42 pm - Reply

    Hello Simon,
    in the contents of the 11 Recital Pieces – Level 3 pdf document this etude is numbered with “18”. Maybe you would like to correct it. Today I received the e-mail that encouraged me to watch this video. Currently I am studying level 1 and the beginning of level 2 but I will be brave and watch this video. ;-)

    Thank you

    • Simon August 7, 2016 at 5:55 pm - Reply

      Hi Jan, the latest version had the corrected title. Feel free to re-download in the membership materials.

  4. Jim August 7, 2016 at 5:49 pm - Reply

    Wow! Thanks Simon. This lesson is chock-full of technique tips along with some music theory.
    Recently, I have been re-fingering some studies from 1st position to higher positions in order to better learn the fingerboard. You show the benefits for musicality and left hand technique.

    Carcassi’s Op. 60 etudes, for me, have a lot of charm. I have recently memorized No. 15. I’ll start on No.16 with a more in-depth understanding from the start.

    Looking forward to your next for the email subscribers.
    Jim LaRoche

  5. chipcastille August 7, 2016 at 6:56 pm - Reply

    Hi Simon,

    Great video! Do you have a link to the edition with the fingerings?

    • Simon August 7, 2016 at 7:06 pm - Reply

      Thanks Chip!

      As a member you can find the pieces in the level 3 Repertoire book. Go to the courses page and click on Level 3 course materials.

  6. BobLau August 7, 2016 at 11:59 pm - Reply

    Thank you Simon. As always a great lesson and inspiring.

  7. Steven Ouwerkerk August 12, 2016 at 5:05 pm - Reply

    Hi Simon,
    Build it, and they will come! Like the Pyramids in Egypt, an ideology that humanity can reached the stars. It took time, man power, ingenuity, craftsmanship, leadership and above all passion. Classical Guitar Conner is the missing link, see a need fill a need, it is just that simple. Superlatives to the ideology of its concept. Thank you Simon

  8. Raymond Field. August 13, 2016 at 4:07 am - Reply

    Hi Simon ,
    Enjoyed your video on carrassi eutde 16 op 60 .
    But because my limited knowledge of 5th position and above could not really take in your very I’mformative comments . But many thanks and have taken on board all you have stated .
    Ray Field

  9. Al Gorgoni August 13, 2016 at 6:46 pm - Reply

    Hi Simon, You are a very fine teacher. I love the way your mind works. So logical and your reasoning and explanations so clear and musical. Thanks for the free video. I’m going to join up at some point soon. I’m working on getting a program together. When I get it together a little better I would love for you to hear it.Best wishes, Al

    • Simon August 13, 2016 at 6:52 pm - Reply

      Hi Al, great to hear from you and thank you for such kind words. I am humbled by praise from a musician of your caliber!

  10. Quang August 17, 2016 at 12:51 am - Reply

    thank Simon.

  11. Tony B August 29, 2016 at 10:57 am - Reply

    Yet again, a wonderfully thought out video piece, and a clear explanation. Can I ask you something – when playing do you allow the flesh of the fingers to touch the guitar string before the nail comes into contact? Can’t quite see this on the video.

  12. moussa mawas September 7, 2016 at 10:29 pm - Reply

    wich kind of guitar you use i really like your guitar i mean the same guitar that you used in this video (Allegro op.50 by Mauro Giuliani)
    and you are amaziiiiing

  13. eduardo December 16, 2017 at 1:10 pm - Reply

    Thank you Simon
    Indeed is an important lesson you make us notice when you change from first to fifth position.
    I really enjoy your videos and the way you teach. !!

    Regards from Peru

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