Full Access Members Only

Tarrega 'Prelude No. 1 in D Minor' Intro


Get Full Access Today To Learn

Tarrega 'Prelude No. 1 in D Minor'

Plus 11,000 More Guitar Lessons.

Product Cost Lessons Instructors Instructor Help New Lessons Return Policy
Guitar Tricks $19.95 11,000+ 45 Instructors Yes Yes, Weekly 60 Days
Guitar Dvd's $30 - $60 20 - 30 1 Instructor No Interaction No No
Guitar Books $20 - $40 30 - 40 1 Instructor No Interaction No No
Other Sites $20 - $40 100 - 500 1-5 Instructor Sometimes Sometimes 3-7 Days
In-person $40 - $80 1 Hour 1 Instructor Yes Yes No
More Francisco Tarrega, one of my favorites!

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!

Open In New Window
lesson notation