Adelita was composed by the great Spanish composer/guitarist, Francisco Tarrega. Tarrega is my favorite guitar composer and this is one of my favorite pieces by him. I have been playing this for a loooooooong time and I never get tired of it.
Adelita is composed in the style of a Mazurka, which is a type of Polish dance in triple time. Generally the accents fall on the second or third beat. This makes sense for me because I have always felt that Tarrega was inspired by the Polish composer, Chopin.
Recuerdos de la Alhambra by Francisco Tarrega is a beautiful piece of music that has been performed by the top guitarists from the last 100 years. The original uses the technique, tremolo, which can be a difficult technique to play. In this arrangement I have stripped away the tremolo in an effort to try and make it as easy as possible to play. I also tried to limit large stretches as well as limited my use of barre chords. Still not super easy to play but certainly easier than the original.
Lagrima by Tarrega is one of my favorite pieces and it is one of the first pieces I performed in public for the first time. I started playing electric guitar in high school. My guitar heroes were Eddie Van Halen and Slash (they still are). I went to Hope College and took a classical guitar class with Larry Malfroid and loved it. I loved it so much that I decided to become a music major. The first student recital I played in I played Lagrima, Adelita (also by Tarrega) and Spanish Romance. It’s a piece I have played regularly since then. I have never grown tired of it.
Francisco Tarrega is one of my favorite guitar composers (the other being Villa-Lobos). His pieces work well on the guitar and sound so beautiful.
Estudio in e minor is a great little study composed by the Spanish composer, Francisco Tárrega. For the first half of the piece, the right hand pattern is the same as the pattern found in Spanish Romance. For the second half of the piece it is played with tremolo. Tremolo can be a tough technique to learn. The nice thing about this piece is that the tremolo is all on the first string. I find that a lot of people have difficulty with the tremolo when it is on the second string.
Francisco Tarrega is my favorite guitar composer. What I mean by that is he is my favorite composer who composed for the guitar. Well…one of them. It’s a tie for me between Tarrega and Villa-Lobos.
In this guitar lesson I am teaching the Tango by Francisco Tárrega. Tárrega is one of my favorite guitar composers (along with Villa-Lobos) and I have learned many of his songs over the years but for some reason just learned it a few months ago for the first time. Here is the reason, and it is super lazy of me, I hate having to tune two strings down a step! Haha. I finally got over that and learned the song. It’s a great song.
Tarrega was a versatile composer who would often compose in different styles of music. For example some of his music had a very strong Spanish influence, which of course makes sense because he was from Spain. He also composed Mazurka’s (Polish Dance) as well as this Tango. The Tango is a dance that originated in Argentina and Uruguay. I have always felt that Tarrega was as close as us guitarists get to having our own Chopin. A very Romantic minded composer who wrote great music.
Capricho árabe by Francisco Tárrega is one of my favorite classical guitar pieces. The meaning of name of this piece is, Arabic Caprice. A caprice is piece of music in a free form. Caprice’s also tend to be very lively, although for me, I hear more sadness in the piece.
Adelita by Francisco Tárrega is a gorgeous piece of music. I began playing electric guitar in high school and I started classical guitar in college. After a year of studying classical guitar I remember playing this in a student recital. This is a Mazurka, which is a type of Polish dance. You can learn this at my guitar school found on my website.