Bach Lute and Violin Suites: how hard are they?

Intermediate guitarists are quite often encouraged to learn the Bach Lute Suites and Solo Violin transcriptions on the guitar..

In my opinion these are not easy pieces! There is so much going on musically as well as technically that it's hard to get your mind ahead of the music.

Even the Bach Violin Concertos present less problems than these pieces and that's saying something!

It makes a lot more sense to me to play the Bach chamber music in ensembles and pick up the style that way first. When you are confident in the style and are used to hearing 2 or 3 voices in counterpoint, then you'll make some real music out of the solo Bach!