Chopin is one of my favorite composers and it is too bad he was never asked to write for the guitar. I love the melancholy nature of his Nocturnes, I love the passion and virtuosity in his Etudes. His first Ballade is one of my all-time favorite pieces, ever.
I first heard this piece played by Andres Segovia many moons ago. I began making this transcription a few years ago and forgot about it. Last fall I found it and decided to finish the transcription. The original key is A Major.
In this guitar lesson I teach you the opening theme of Frederic Chopin’s famous Funeral March (Marche Funebre). This melody comes from the third movement of Piano Sonata No.2 in B-flat Minor, Op. 35.
I’ve always loved the music of Chopin. I love his Nocturnes, Etudes, and especially his Ballad’s. As guitarists, about the closest we have to Chopin is Tarrega, who I have always thought, but don’t have any proof, was influenced by Chopin.
Here is my teaching video of the piano prelude (Op. 28, No. 7) by Chopin. I remember listening to a recording of Andres Segovia playing this song many years ago. I made this arrangement a couple of years ago and then forgot about it. A couple days ago I found it and tweaked it a bit. It’s a beautiful piece of music. You can find more videos like this at my guitar school found on my website.
So what do I think about while I improvise? Short answer is…not much. That’s the ideal–just let the music flow. The arrangement is in A minor so I figured I would improvise in A minor before going into the theme. Every now and then I’ll hit an unexpected note and the challenge is to make it fit. For example, around the 2:24ish mark I hit a C-sharp which I wasn’t planning on. The C-sharp would give the feeling of A major which is something I wasn’t looking to do. After I hit the C-sharp I decided to hit it again and then move down chromatically to the E. That’s the decision I made in the second or two after I hit that C-sharp. Little things like this are what I think about while I am improvising.