Ode to Joy - Ludwig Van Beethoven

Ode to Joy - Ludwig Van Beethoven


"Ode to Joy" by Ludwig Van Beethoven is a hugely well-known piece of music. I remember it most vividly as the music that played during one of the scenes in the first 'Die Hard' movie starring Bruce Willis. This was also the first 'solo' piece that I ever learned.

My arrangement has complete fingering suggestions for both hands and video tutorial(s) to guide you through the piece from beginning to end.

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The original is in the key of D-major but this transcription is in the easier key of C-major. If you want to play it in the original key I suggest placing a capo at the 2nd fret. This classical guitar lesson starts with me playing the piece through completely. Then I spend a couple of minutes teaching you how to do artificial harmonics because my transcription uses artificial harmonics to open the piece before the melody proper enters.

After the explanation I give a note-by-note explanation of the entire piece whilst including technical tips such as pivot and guide fingers.