Etude No. 7, Op. 60 - Basic Membership


Matteo Carcassi was a virtuoso Italian guitarist and a prolific composer during the early Romantic period. During his lifetime he made considerable contributions to the development of modern classical guitar technical fundamentals. In a somewhat sad twist of fate his achievements were often overshadowed by those of Ferdinando Carulli.


This Etude represents just one of his many technical studies written for the guitar and belongs to his most popular magnum opus - 25 Etudes, Op. 60. I believe that this study focuses on several techniques:

  • Developing tremolo with P, a, m, i but also trying P, i, m, a & more unusually P, i, m, i (alla Ana Vidovic)
  • Switching between different arpeggio patterns quickly and fluidly
  • Rapid alternation between P & i, P & m, or P & a
  •  Crescendo and diminuendo
  • Changing timbre from sul tasto through naturale and on to ponticello

Let your fingers fly!