Below is the lesson for “Opus 60 no. 1” by Fernando Sor.
Learn a beginner-friendly classical etude twice! Once as a single note melody and again as a chord melody. Fernando Sor composed this study as an exercise in playing legato. Legato indicates that musical notes are to be played smoothly and connected. It is the opposite of staccato, which indicates notes are to be played short and cut off. Therefore, our goal for this lesson is to achieve legato articulation.
This piece also serves as a springboard for experimenting with rubato. Rubato adds expression to your performance. This is accomplished through tempo alteration, specifically via speeding up or slowing down in sections. If you are new to this concept, check out this lesson.
Part 1 – Performance & Free Lesson