Fernando Sor (1778 – 1839)


Fernando Sor (1778 – 1839) was a Spanish composer and guitarist. Sor was one of the greatest virtuoso guitarists of his time, but he has left a much more lasting legacy as a composer than performer for the instrument.

While he was born in and lived his early life in Spain, Sor eventually settled in Paris, like other fellow compatriots. It was in Paris that he became a teacher and where he composed most of his studies, especially the beginner studies in Op. 60, Op. 35, and Op. 31.

His most important works include his Method for the Guitar (1830), Variations on a Theme of Mozart (Op.9), and his more than one hundred studies for students at all levels. One of his last most important works is a series of progressive studies for the complete beginner, “Introduction to the Study of the Guitar: 25 Progressive Lessons,” Op.60.


On this page you will find a growing list of resources that support the book 35 Progressive Studies by Fernando Sor for Classical Ukulele. Please check back here regularly as we create performance videos for each of the studies.

Below you will also find urtext (original first printings and manuscripts) editions of the original guitar pieces published by Fernando Sor.

35 Progressive Studies for Classical Ukulele

Jeff Peterson playing Study No.25 from the book 35 Progressive Studies by Fernando Sor for Classical Ukulele

Original Guitar Sheet Music

24 Leçons Progressives, Op. 31

24 Leçons Progressives, Op. 31 (PDF download)

24 Exercises Très Faciles, Op. 35

24 Exercices Très Faciles (PDF download)

24 Petites Pièces Progressives, Op. 44

24 Petites Pièces Progressives (PDF download)

6 Waltzes, Op. 51

6 Waltzes (PDF download)