Thursday, 1 March 2007

For Classical Guitarists - Tarrega's Alborada

I had a teacher from the local Grammar School, who I had helped out with some solo guitar and guitar ensemble music in the past, ring me to say that he was struggling to work out how to play a piece by Francisco Tarrega called Alborada!

This piece uses a fairly unusual technique of left hand hammers and pull offs combined with right hand plucked harmonics. If you get it right it is a very charming effect! I have embedded a vid of Carlos Barbosa-Lima playing this piece so as you can see the technique and hear the effect. Enjoy!

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