For Students

Welcome! This page has been created to share resources, community events, videos and other information with my students or anyone who may be interested in learning more about the guitar. The content varies from information for beginning students to very advanced players. The page was created with my college and adult students in mind, so please monitor young students with content and links. I hope you find the page useful. –Dr. Mowbray

Featured Video

Sharon Isbin performs Vivaldi's Concerto in D Major

Nicknamed the "Red Priest" for his curly red hair, Antonio Vivaldi lived from 1685 until 1741 and composed over 500 concerti. His three-movement Concerto in D Major is a favored work among guitarists and audiences. He also composed sacred choral works and about 40 operas. Vivaldi worked for the Ospedale della Pieta, a children's home, where he taught and composed music for his numerous female pupils. 


Sharon Isbin has won multiple Grammy Awards, been a soloist with over 200 orchestras, recorded more than 30 albums, and premiered more than 80 new works for the guitar. Learn more about her at and hear her perform with the Maryland Symphony Orchestra on April 11.


You can view the score for this composition at

Community Events Calendar


Confirm details with presenting organizations. 

John Pizzarelli Live Streaming on Thursdays

Classical Minds Guitar Festival UK

April 9-11, online

Philadelphia Classical Guitar Society Festival

April 10-11, online

Sharon Isbin and the Maryland Symphony Orchestra

April 11, 2021

Southern Guitar Festival Ensemble Competition

Deadline April 19, 2021



Daily Scale Videos

You can warm up and practice your major scales along with me in these private videos made just for my students. The tempo is 80 bpm. 

Major Scale Exercise Video C G D A

Major Scale Exercise Video E B F# C#

Major Scale Exercise Video F Bb Eb Ab

Major Scale Exercise Video Db Gb Cb

Basic Chord Switching Exercises for Group Beginner's Guitar Classes

Students who are learning beginning chords can use these videos for daily practice.

Open Position Chords in Pairs

G Em C D7

Technique Video Playlists - Coming soon

Seating Position

Rest Stroke

String Crossing



Tech Resources

Beginning General Guitar Method Book (free download):

Lou Warde Method Book for Beginning Guitar

Graded Classical Guitar Repertoire Series (for purchase):

Royal Conservatory (previously "Bridges") - Full Set

Royal Conservatory (previously "Bridges") - Individual Books

Featured Score

Sakura, arranged for guitar duet by Helmut Richter

Level: Easy/Intermediate

To celebrate cherry blossoms being in peak bloom, you may consider performing "Sakura." This melody is often heard as a solo guitar piece but this arrangement provides the opportunity for beginning guitarists to play this famous theme in a duet setting. Notes for Guitar 1 are in first position while Guitar 2 will require the ability to read up the neck. 

Administrative Tools

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