Preludio in E Minor by Augustín Barrios Mangore

Preludio in E Minor by Augustín Barrios Mangore (1885-1944)

Agustin Barrios Mangore 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.

A short prelude of 32 bars. One of the tougher preludes. To me, Barrios is top dog in level of difficulty. Barrios’s notes covers the guitar neck with lots of sliding chord positioning. Preludio in Em has 3 different Right hand patterns and a couple of barred Chord hammer ons and pull offs

Bar[1] to [7] mirror image pattern (m i p p i m)
Bar[13] another mirror image pattern (a m i p i m a)
Bar[16] and [18] Barred Chord hammer ons and pull offs on the Bass strings. Use pinky and middle finger.
Bar[21] (p i m) repeat till end

Start slow. The notes are mostly uniform. The hardest part of this song for me are Bar[16] and [18]: The Chord hammer ons and pull offs on the Bass strings. This took some time to pull off-no pun intended-and definitely gave my pinky a good workout. Bar[12] double pinky pluck is also tough. As always, my tab fingerings are made for me or what i think is the best fingering. Feel free to alter the fingering on the text file for yourself. I made the tab in txt in the first place to encourage ease of editing.

Category: 20th Century, Agustin Barrios Mangore, Genre, Paraguay, Plucking Patterns, Slurs, South America

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