Tango by Francisco Tarrega (Guitar Tab)

Tango 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.

Tango by Tarrega is not a difficult nor lengthy tune but it is packed with a lot of different guitar techniques-making it worthwhile to learn. Tango contains harmonics, double stop octaves, DGDGBGe tuning , rasguerdo, triplets. slide, hammer, pull offs, etc…. Although Tarrega (Spanish) is not from Argentina-where Tango originates-Tango proves to be a well composed and crafted work.

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More Info…
The tuning is DGDGBE. 2 strings are tuned down from EDAGBE, this gives easy access to doubls stop octaves for the left hand. Tango is in 2 keys. The song is mostly in G minor but it concludes in G major. 2/4 Time Signature.

Tango gets progressively more difficult. as you move along the song. Overal it is a fairly easy piece.

Part A — Bar[1]-[9]
Key: G Minor
Double Stops using the odd tuning Rasguerdo (strum with pima downstroke) only at the second time round

Part B — Bar[10]-[27]
Key: G Minor
High Frets playing use the open string bass notes (D,G,D) to keep tempo.
Use left hand 3rd finger (ring finger) for harmonics

Part C — Bar [28] -[39]
Key: G Major
More notes plus Triplets
High Frets playing use the open string bass notes (D,G,D) to keep tempo.

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