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Tarrega 'Prelude No. 1 in D Minor'
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Tarrega (1852-1909) was a classical composer-guitarist that wrote for the guitar, making him a fairly unique historical musician. Some of his compositions are fairly short pieces called Preludes. This is the first one, Prelude No. 1 in D Minor.
A thorough grasp of all fretboard positions is mandatory in order to play this piece. But it can be used as a means of learning to use the entire fretboard also. Tarrega was a master of using the physical layout of the guitar to his advantage in orchestrating multiple parts. It is very characteristic of Tarrega's work: Romantic, rich-sounding harmonies, wonderful melodic arc and quite beautiful. This piece requires tuning the bottom E string down a whole step to D; otherwise known as drop D tuning.
As in all classical pieces, be careful to note the use of multiple voices or parts. There is always a distinct upper melody part and a lower bass part. Frequently, there are also many inner voices to flesh out the sound.
We will learn a few measures at a time; then, put them all together at the end. Take it slowly and learn each hand position, then how to move from position to position. Happy playing!
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