Prelude 4 in E Major by Francisco Tarrega (Guitar Tab)

Prelude 4 in E Major by 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.


Staccato (detached) no note suspension. Chords after chords all over the neck. Commit the chords to memory! Since tempo is Allegro, it will be a good idea to be totally familar with where to put your finger next with all the chord shapes. Rhythm (Right) is straight forward. I use pim straight thru but you may strum adjacent strings to add feeling. Prelude 4 is more demanding on the left (chords). Left hand fingering is vital to set up your next chord.

Guitar Demo (Tyler Belding)

Guitar Pro Playthrough

49 Bars. Allegro (lively). Key E Major. 3/8 Time Signature.
Left: Third finger and pinky chord on E and B string (The fourth chord). Since you are using the weaker fingers, make sure your thumb is at the lower part of the neck to add more strength to hold the chords down.

High notes (Fret 14) it helps if you have a cutaway for easier access.

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