Fernando Sor: The Complete Studies, Lessons, and Exercises for guitar

This page gives supplementary information about Sor's Complete Studies.  For the main page for Sor's Complete Studies and for ordering it, click here.

This definitive modern edition of Sor's studies is the one which was originally selected by the official selectors of the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music, and is currently listed by them in their guitar syllabus.  It is particularly recommended for use by students.

Why should I use this edition rather than any other? - Because this Tecla edition of Sorís Complete Studies establishes a new and fully reliable text, fully practical, at a very reasonable price, easily available with low postage worldwide.  I (Brian Jeffery) established for the first time the complete edition of Sorís guitar music, and this edition of the Complete Studies is again newly established strictly from the original editions.

Also because it is fully authentic and has no fingering other than that which Sor himself put. Some other modern editions which are on sale add modern fingering, but Sor wrote some of his studies specifically to give practice in certain fingering, so that to add different modern fingering for such a piece seems perverse because it cancels out Sorís own intention.  Also my own experience from having played this music in many concerts is that for me at least, Sorís fingering is far easier than modern fingering.  Use Sorís own fingering and everything is fine.

Gohar Vardanyan has made a video of Sor's famous study in B minor (op. 35 no. 22) with very useful comments.

Rob MacKillop has made a video of five charming pieces from Sor's Introduction to the study of the guitar op. 60 (all five pieces are available in this Tecla edition of Sor's Complete Studies).  Have a look!

See the well-known study op. 6 no. 8 as a pdf file.  Read the complete Preface.  El prefacio en espaŮol


"I recently borrowed this book from my local library and was so impressed that I have now decided to buy it"
"I recently ordered your new reprints of the Sor and Giuliani studies [in the clothbound editions], which arrived last week and are absolutely wonderful" (a customer in Switzerland).
"A big thank you for the Sor Complete Studies, Lessons, and Exercises. Itís a wonderful book and Iím very pleased with it"
"After having read through its contents I almost feel like Christopher Columbus when he first set foot in the New World"
"My students are over the moon" (a guitar teacher)
"After thirty years of playing the Segovia edition (not every day) your edition has shed a totally different light on these pieces." (a guitarist, Chris Dowle)

The edition is Urtext and contains all the pieces in one book. It scrupulously takes into account the many textual problems which the original editions presented, in order to make this both a reliable edition for study and a thoroughly practical one for concert performance. A particular feature of this edition is that there are commentaries on the individual pieces based on Sorís own ideas and intentions as expressed in his Method, with many quotations which are directly relevant to individual studies. It is an established major standard edition for teachers and students, and is available at a price accessible to students.

This is a fully authentic edition as far as fingering is concerned, in that the only fingering given is Sor's own (very practical, it may be said). No modern fingering is added as it is in other editions.

About right hand fingering and this edition: the guitarist and teacher Heinrich Jochen wrote in an email: "Concerning the historic right hand fingering as described in Sor's method: many problems I came across in the coda of opus 9 (variations on a theme by Mozart) were solved almost instantly after applying pim exclusively. You are to be thanked for pointing out this principle in your edition of Sor's studies and exercises."

You can consult the thematic index if you like (pdf files) for the whole collection:
Index to op. 6 and op. 29, Index to op. 31, Index to op. 35, Index to op. 44, Index to op. 60

Paperbound ISBN 978-0-948607-31-8, clothbound ISBN 978-0-948607-32-5.

This page gives supplementary information about Sor's Complete Studies.  For the main page for Sor's Complete Studies and for ordering it, click here.

Sor: The Sixteen Easiest Pieces for guitar, for complete beginners. This contains the really easy pieces (for example ALL the Sor pieces in the old and the new Associated Board syllabuses for Grades 1 and 2).
Giuliani: The Complete Studies for guitar. A companion volume to the Complete Studies of Sor.
More about Sor (1778-1839)

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