The Tango by Francisco Tárrega is a beautiful piece of music by my favorite composer for the guitar. I’ve always loved this piece but I have avoided playing it because of the tuning. You drop the 6th string down to D and the 5th string down to G. It certainly makes this piece much easier to play but I guess I am lazy and don’t like tuning my guitar that way. I am glad I finally learned it because it is a lot of fun to play.
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.