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Stanley Myers’ Cavatina

Taught by groundbreaking guitarist Xuefei Yang

Unlock the secrets of this 20th-century classic on guitar. Build the touch and sensitivity to play the graceful melody, and strengthen your technique at the same time.  

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Cavatina, a piece steeped in pop culture, revealed.

Modern works for guitar that are accessible, popular, and essential for developing technique — all at the same time — can be hard to come across. Composed by Stanley Myers for piano and popularized as the main theme of the ‘80s classic film "The Deer Hunter," Cavatina is challenging yet approachable, with many musicianship elements to unlock. Learn John Williams’ famous guitar transcription from one of his prominent students, esteemed concert artist Xuefei Yang.

  • Develop key aspects of musicianship such as legato, left-hand shifting, and tone.

  • Discover new ways to think about playing a melody and accompaniment together.

  • Learn an approachable, skill-building work you’ll be proud to play for others.

Meet your instructor

Xuefei Yang

Xuefei (Fei) Yang’s promise as a guitarist began in early childhood and has sprung up into a prolific international career. In earning a Bachelor of Arts from the Central Conservatory of Music, Yang was the first guitarist to enter a music school in China. She was also the first guitarist from China to study in the United Kingdom, with her completion of postgraduate studies at the Royal Academy of Music.

Yang is a prizewinner in prestigious competitions like the San Francisco International Guitar Competition, the Stotsenberg International Classical Guitar Competition, and Australia’s Darwin International Classical Guitar Competition. Yang has distinguished herself in recent years as a recording artist and a collaborator with respected orchestras around the world.

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