Watch the Level 2: Beginner Classical online guitar lesson by Andrew Leonard from Take 5: Beginner Classical
It's amazing how much music Vivaldi can create with so few notes! With a simple D scale, Vivaldi composes one of the most famous and beautiful melodies of the Baroque era. Fortunately for us, classical guitarists are the most frequent performers of this piece.
When performing this piece make sure the long-short rhythmic patterns are very precise. Also, I mention that classical music has subtle accents on 1 & 3 in a measure with four beats. This is the opposite of rock, pop and jazz music with heavier accents on 2 & 4. In classical music, we refer to these as "strong" and "weak" beats. If this is unclear, it may help to listen to my performance and count along thinking of the "strong" beats that occur on beats 1 & 3. Notice how I play with a little less emphasis on the "weak" beats 2 & 4. If you do not notice immediately, do not be concerned. This is a very subtle aspect of classical music that may take a while to "feel". Be patient and give yourself some time. You'll get it! Remember, two groups of long-short equal one beat.
If you need them, here are the notes for a D major scale in the order I played them: D & E on the second string with left hand fingers, 2 & 4, and then F#, G, A & B on the first string with left hand fingers 1, 2, 4 and then 4 again.
Forgive me, because this piece uses so few notes, I'm reminded of the quote from Nigel Tufnel, of the rock band Spinal Tap when he says, "simple lines, intertwined."