Frédéric Chopin is one of my favorite composers and I have always loved this prelude. I first heard this for guitar when I was listening to a recording by Andres Segovia. For this transcription I transposed it to the key of D major from the original key, A major.
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Chopin is one of my favorite composers and this is one of my favorite pieces. I’ve always wanted to be able to play this piece on the guitar. I tried to make this arrangement as easy as possible. I transposed it to A minor to try and limit the number of bar chords and I cut out some of the ornaments.
Chopin composed this piece in 1830 and it wasn’t published until after his death in 1870. He composed it for his sister.
I hope you enjoy this teaching video. You can find other videos like this at my guitar school found at my website.
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.