Danza Guarani by Augustin Mangore Barrios (1885-1944)
Barrios’s compositions can be divided into three basic categories: folkloric, imitative and religious. Barrios paid tribute to the music and people of his native land by composing pieces modeled after folk songs from South America and Central America. Imitating the compositional style and techniques of the Baroque and Romantic periods was another side to his craftsmanship.
The Dance of Guaraní. Guarani are a group of culturally related indigenous peoples of South America. Barrios comes from Paraguay and was partly of a Guarani origin. For some years, it was typical of Barrios’s to perform in traditional Paraguayan dress. His stage name was Nitsuga Mangoré (‘Nitsuga’ being Agustín spelled backwards, and ‘Mangoré’ being the name of a cacique (tribe chief) of the South American indigenous group Timbú). Barrios’s compositions can be divided into three basic categories: folkloric, imitative and religious. Barrios pays tribute to the music and people of his native land by composing pieces modeled after folk songs from South America and Central America. His works were largely late-Romantic in character, despite his having lived well into the twentieth century. Very many of them are of a virtuosic nature.
This song is structured in 3 parts and is played twice. Drop D tuning, played at a fast, lively pace.
Bar- Part 1 – A nice riff full of pull off and hammer ons. The easiest section of the song. Has a Rocking back and forth feeling. Open string bass notes.
Bar- Part 2 – Multiple (im). Highest part of the song. Goes up to 15th fret. Keep left finger close to strings during the successive and rapid (im) delivery. Open string bass notes.
Bar- Part 3 – Scale runs. Trickiest part. Keep the beat with the bass notes. Start slow and work your way faster. Focus on Left fingering. Right is doing alternating (im) mostly.
Danza Guarani uses mostly open string bass note. Just like Tarrega’s Tango (my previous post) which is also structured in 3 parts and similar in duration. Between the 2 songs, Danza Guarani takes more work and practice to master.