Etude 17 (Opus 6 No. 11) by Fernando Sor (1778-1839)
Fernando Sor was a Spanish classical guitarist and composer. He is best known for his guitar compositions, but he also composed music for opera and ballet, earning acclaim for his ballet titled Cendrillon. Sor’s works for guitar range from pieces for advanced players, such as Variations on a Theme of Mozart, to beginner pieces.
Opus 6 No 11 also known as study 17. Segovia categorized 20 fernando sor’s songs as etude or study. This Study in E is full of arpeggios. You will get to play these arpeggios in the Major key and conclude in the Minor in part B. Once you have learnt the basic pattern, the right hand is taken care of. Devote some time to familiarize yourself to the numerous left hand chord transitions. Towards the latter part of opus 6 no 11, there are some barre chords that require a fully stretched hand. The bigger the hand, the better. Finally, this song tests your endurance as you will be constantly plucking (right hand) and changing chords after chords (left hand). There are thankfully 2 pauses during the song to give your hand a break.
Guitar Demo (Samantha Muir)
Guitar Pro Playthrough
Standard Tuning EADGBE. 87 Bars. No repeat. 3/4 Time Signature.
Hold Bass Note as long as a full measure. The right hand plucking has some variations but you can go auto pilot once you have memorized the patterns. Pay special attention to the left hand which will be doing most of the work. If you have difficulties with a particular chord, look back 1 measure and if possible alter the fingerings. This allows another approach for your left hand to transition to that awkward chord.
Part 1: E Minor
Bar Hinge Barre Chord. Flatten or pivot your index to barre string below.
Bar Suspending the bass note with this Barre Chord while doing the pinky stretch is rather difficult.
Bar Double Barre. This Barre Chord requires pinky to Barre the treble 3 strings also.
Part2: E Major
Bar, With your third finger on C#, this is quite a stretch. If you want you can sub with the fourth finger but they will be a break in the preivous melody