Pavana by Francisco Tarrega

Pavana Francisco Tarrega(1852-1909)

Francisco Tarrega
Tárrega is considered to have laid the foundations for 20th century classical guitar and for increasing interest in the guitar as a recital instrument. Tárrega preferred small intimate performances over the concert stage. Some believe this was because he played without the nails needed for volume. Others say this was related to his childhood trauma.

One of Tarrega’s shorter pieces. Pavana is not technically difficult to play. What’s important is the sense of timing to capture the dramatic shading of melody. The last section consists of pizzicato plucking, a technique borrowed from the violin and cello.

21 Bars. AABBCA. This song is not too hard to play. Once you play it a couple of times, you will get the hang of it. Bar 17: Play pizzicato with your thumb (p) only. Place the heel of your thumb close to the bridge when you pluck. Make sure you keep you wrist horizontal and move up and down according to the string being plucked. A perfect delivery of Pizzacato is a damped sound that resonants clearly on every string.
To Practice Pizzicato, Play any scale with all the strings. Play a major scale starting from the top string to the bottom string. All pizzicato must be played with the thumb. To sound is dampered by the right hand. It is important to move your wrist up and down to damper each individual string.