Adelita by Francisco Tarrega tab with free online tab player. One accurate version. Recommended by The Wall Street Journal. Tárrega, Francisco Adelita sheet music for Guitar – The Artist: Francisco Tárrega was born in Villa-real, Spain on November 21, He was one. Play Michael Chapdelaine’s Arrangements of Tárrega’s ‘Adelita’ and ‘Lagrima’. Blair Jackson August 11,

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One section is in a minor key, sounds very bittersweet and sadly dramatic. These are not guide finger indications. Notation Tarregx and Commentary. At first, the primary change I made was to extend the slurs from the acciaccaturas [ 2 ] to the note following the acciaccatura forming a so-called reverse or inverted mordent. In this lesson I discuss aspects of Tarrega’s compositional style.

I’ve never been one to use forums, but the GT forum is full of great people and helpful information at ALL levels! This is more than just a theory; it becomes quite clear when you read the music as originally notated and compare it to later editions which mistakenly edit the original notation. If they were slurred, you would not strike the second note.

Each voice, part, line is heard clearly and distinctly in it’s own “musical space”. In the 19th century, the term was confused with the appoggiatura. I believe these changes resulted in more compact, unambiguous, and easy to read music.

Tárrega – Adelita sheet music for Guitar

At the time of his education, the meaning of hairpins in the music he adelitw was different than today. Both the Antich y Tena and Anido editions clearly use D.

A guide finger indication is denoted by a line connecting the two identical fingering numbers of two consecutive notes and does not produce an audible slide effect.

I almost left out the hairpins because their interpretation was not entirely clear. Even if you’ve mastered barres, upon reaching measures 11 and 12, you may reach an impasse. In contemporary guitar notation—at least in the non-classical world—there should be no need for a trailing grace note when the grace note’s pitch is the same as that of the following note. The first was to play the acciaccatura notes before the second voice bass note and accenting the note that showed the accent instead of accenting the beat.


In addition, there are usually three “voices” or “lines of music”. Although I have preserved the original D. I LOVE the forum, too. His music always shows complete command of the instrument. Bottom bass notes 3. Instead of acciaccaturas forming reverse mordents, I unambiguosly represent the notes with their actual values so there is no question that they are played on the same beat as the second voice bass note.

A change I made that could impact musical interpretation is the addition of explicit dynamic levels to the hairpins.

Despite that possibility, I included them assuming they represented changes in dynamic intensity and added explicit intensity levels that were missing at the ends of the hairpins. ByI believe the ahistorical convention of not playing repeats on a Da Capo became entrenched. I had heard at least two mistakes made with respect to playing the piece. Modern editions write D. The first hairpin appears redundant to the un poco crescendo instruction.

Adelita is deceptively simple. Still, today the classical guitar world cannot bring itself to use the term slide and much confusion abounds regarding the difference between glissandosportamentosand finger shifts. Finally, there is a return to the original key, be it minor or major.

By the 20th century, however, the notion of avoiding repeats had become widespread. There is also an additional Romantic aspect in the use of extended harmony notes in the melodic lines, such as dominant 9ths, flat 9ths, dominant 13ths, flat 13ths.

Playing the slurs tarrefa requires a well-developed little finger.

Open In New Window. I used the Antich y Tena edition of Adelita as the source for my edition. After much thought, I decided that the accents on the tarrrga after the acciaccaturas were too confusing for players without much notational experience. Since the slides are not slurred, adeluta strike the second note on arrival. Therefore, you may choose to play the piece faster than the 60 bpm I’ve listed, opting for a faster 80—90 in the Andante range. After much debate, I decided to make significant notational changes that do not change the meaning of the music, but make it easier for the contemporary player to understand.


It is not clear, however, that it qualifies as a mazurka. It’s easier for inexperienced players to grasp this when there’s one acciaccatura note, but it becomes fuzzy for them when there are two notes involved which can be confused for two sixteenth notes. At the very least, it gives an indication of the duration of the crescendo, even though that could have been accomplished with a dotted line.

If you are a novice guitarist, you may feel it is within your reach based on hearing the first half of the song. A slurred slide means you slide from the first note to the second and do not strike the second note, allowing it to sound as a result of the slide. That is, except for measure 14, adelta the Antich y Tena and Anido editions show the forte between the hairpins, but on the bottom of the staff while the hairpins are above the staff.

If you have doubts about using my edition, please remember that my changes do not change the music as it sounds.

The performer should have some flexibility as to how to play the ornament.

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Mozart, Beethoven, and other great composers expected their Da Capos to respect the playing of repeats unless accompanied by an additional instruction to not do so see Beethoven’s Century: I also replaced the trailing grace note portamento representations with a modern-day unslurred slide. You’re supposed to play the acciaccatura as part of the same beat as the second voice bass note, not ahead of it.

In the end, I abandoned my changes and decided to eliminate all acciaccaturas and trailing grace notes.