BWV846 Prelude No 1 in C – JSBach
Johann Sebastian Bach was a German composer, organist, harpsichordist, violist, and violinist whose sacred and secular works for choir, orchestra, and solo instruments drew together the strands of the Baroque period and brought it to its ultimate maturity.
“Prelude #1 was originally written as an exercise for Bach’s students and is probably one of the most famous preludes from “The Well-Tempered Clavier”. In this exercise, you can explore more on the plucking pattern ppimaima and how to make your guitar flow.
Every measure must be played twice, except for the last three. In other words, this piece is forgiving. If you mess up first time, you have another chance to redeem yourself. For the Right hand, it is pretty straight forward ppimaima going at a constantly speed. ppimaima consists of 8 successive notes plucked from the fingers. You cannot play this song with a pick no matter how awesome you are. Since this is a piano piece, it translates onto the guitar fairly kindly except for 2 monster chords I have marked in asterisk in the tab. Make absolutely sure you suspend the first 2 bass notes at all times. “Prelude in C” consists of a series of arpeggios. You now know arpeggios can be produced with patterns like “ppimaima”. Explore further by playing any chord progression you like with appreggios. Once you get the right hand pattern following nicely, go back to “Prelude in C” and focus on the left hand chords.