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Tarrega, Francisco – Study in C

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Francisco Tarrega (November 21st, 1852 – December 15th, 1909) is often called “The Father of the Guitar”. He was a Spanish composer and player in the “Romantic” period. And his music continues to be some of the most iconic and best-loved in the world of classical guitar.

This etude (like most studies) focuses in on a few main elements. Here, we have an 8-note right hand pattern that continues throughout. We have 3 different uses of the barre (bar chords). We have a melody buried within a pattern (an issue of balance). And we have a repeated form (AABB), so we need to manage the transitions.

All in all, this etude hones several often-used skills. If you have a technique practice, or would like to improve your technique, this is a good one.

Tarrega’s Study in C (TI ii-26) is at the upper-beginner or intermediate level. Absolute beginners will find it difficult. It uses some of the upper positions, and demands a bit of left-hand strength and experience for the bar chords.

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