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Recuerdos de la Alhambra is the classical guitar world’s Stairway to Heaven. It is perhaps the most played solo in the guitar repertoire. Francisco Tárrega. View credits, reviews, tracks and shop for the CD release of Recuerdos De La Alhambra on Discogs. Strings By Mail Francisco Tarrega | Recuerdos de la Alhambra for 2 guitars – Composer: Francisco Tarrega Arranged by: Michael Erni Model: DZ

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I say these things because I’ve made the mistake of trying to play Recuerdos with dead strings as well as too short or too long nails. The Seville Concert and the Film Profile Finally, make sure your nails are at whatever the right length is for you.

You will often hear it performed in a shortened form using an AABBC structure, either because of time constraints associated with the performance or to avoid tarrrega the audience or more likely, the guitarist. Nana Mouskouri has performed a vocal version and Sarah Brightman has performed a re-adapted vocal version in her album Classics.

The computer will precisely play the notes for the exact duration and invariably it won’t sound right.

Recuerdos de la Alhambra – Wikipedia

The name is Concha in Castilian. The piece showcases the challenging guitar technique known as tremolo tagrega, wherein a single melody note is plucked consecutively by the ring, middle and index fingers in such rapid succession that the result is an illusion of one long sustained note.

Don’t try to learn Recuerdos de la Alhambra as a means of learning tremolo technique and don’t attempt to play it before you’re ready. Recuerdos de la Alhambra is, really, almost the standard guitar piece.


Tremolos are usually written as a sequence of 16th or 32nd notes, when in actuality the last note in the three-note sequence often has twice the value.

The thumb plays an arpeggio-pattern accompaniment simultaneously.

Recuerdos de la Alhambra by Francisco Tárrega

Before attempting to play the piece, you should already possess a well-practiced tremolo. Also, I’ve notated the tremolo more accurately. This device is used in rceuerdos Spanish guitar songs as well, such as the anonymous Spanish Romance also known simply as Romance or Spanish Folk Song.

All articles with dead external links Articles with dead external links from October To avoid a non-interpretive pause when shifting your left hand from the A chord in the ninth position at the end fgancisco measure 13 to the inverted A7 chord in the seventh position at the beginning of measure 14, keep finger 2 on the second string as you move it from the tenth fret to the eighth fret. I’ve taken the unusual approach of trying to capture note durations accurately.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Recuerdos de la Alhambra is the classical guitar world’s Stairway to Heaven. Retrieved from ” https: Removed half-barre from measures 38—39 and changed fingering accordingly. Measures 38—42 are the same as measures 46—50 and may as well be played the same for mnemonic facility.

Recuerdos de la Alhambra (Tárrega, Francisco)

He recorded it also for some of his CDs: Views Read Edit View history. If you actually play it that way, it doesn’t sound as full.


I don’t find the attempt at greater notational accuracy has made the score less readable. The A-section of the piece is written in Eecuerdos and the B-section is written in the parallel major A-major. For example, you’ll often see the second voice in Recuerdos notated entirely as eighth notes.

Nails that are too short or too long will interfere with a steady tremolo. Tartega end ritardando and dynamics in final measures to match those in the Idelfonso Alier edition.

As you strike the Aplace finger 4 on the E on the third string. It is perhaps the most played solo in the guitar repertoire. The Alhambra is a palace and fortress franciscl in Granada, Spain.

There’s no reason to continue the half-barre from measure 35 when you can position your fingers where they’ll need to be for measure In the time the song was composed, guitar notation franclsco often imprecise, requiring the guitarist to infer when a note was meant to sound longer than notated.

Instead, I’ve indicated as much as possible via a third voice when the second voice note should sound longer.

I also suggest making sure you use a relatively new set of strings before lahambra the song. The key to avoiding non-interpretive pauses when facing awkward position changes is to move your fingers into place as you are playing instead of pre-positioning all the fingers before you play the first note.