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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The change allows the open D to sound for the entire duration of measure 15 and places the left hand in position for measures 17 and Removed half-barre from measures 38—39 and changed fingering accordingly.

It is also the theme used for Philip II of Spain in the 4X strategy game Civilization VIwith the track progressing from a simple guitar arrangement to an entire orchestral performance as Spain advances through the ages.

Changed measures 15 and 16 to use first position for D minor. Nana Mouskouri has performed a vocal version and Sarah Brightman has performed a re-adapted vocal version in her album Classics. Finally, make sure your nails are at whatever the right length is for you. I also suggest making sure you use a relatively new set of strings before learning the song.

By using this site, you agree frabcisco the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Recuerdos de la Alhambra is, really, almost the standard guitar piece.

Recuerdos de la Alhambra – Wikipedia

After you lengthen the trailing tremolo notes that sound longer in reality, the computer playback sounds natural. It’s a great piece of music. Nails that are too short or too long will interfere with a steady tremolo. 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.


Don’t try to learn Recuerdos de la Alhambra as eecuerdos means of learning tremolo technique and don’t attempt to play it before you’re ready.

Recerdos who have heard the piece but not seen it performed mistake it for a duet.

Recuerdos de la Alhambra (Tárrega, Francisco)

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 Dead strings will kill your tremolo. He recorded it also for some of his CDs: The name is Concha in Castilian. When he plays it at his concerts he starts the performance usually with a message for a peaceful coexistence of people with different religions and nationalities.

The Seville Concert and the Film Profile The Alhambra is a palace and fortress complex in Granada, Spain. Scott Tennant told fdancisco story about making the mistake of agreeing to teach Recuerdos to a student before the student was ready. Recuerdos de la Alhambra is the classical guitar world’s Stairway to Heaven.

I’ve taken the unusual approach of trying to capture note durations accurately. For example, you’ll often see the second voice in Recuerdos notated entirely as eighth notes. Alhmabra end ritardando and dynamics in final measures to match those in the Idelfonso Alier edition. 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 boring the audience or more likely, the guitarist.

Recuerdos de La Alhambra

Measures 38—42 are the same as measures 46—50 and may as well be played the same for mnemonic facility. Instead, I’ve indicated as much as possible via a third voice when the second voice note should sound longer.


If you actually play it that way, it doesn’t sound as full. You have to be aware of your abilities as a guitarist and recuerdis what skills you ka to develop further before attempting a new challenge.

This page was last edited on 21 Decemberat The thumb plays an arpeggio-pattern accompaniment simultaneously. To build the Alhamra was a teamwork of Muslims, Jews and Christians. In the time the song was composed, guitar notation was often imprecise, allhambra the guitarist to infer when a note was meant to algambra longer than notated.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. To avoid a non-interpretive pause when shifting your left hand from the A chord in the ninth position at the end of 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 don’t find the attempt at greater notational accuracy has made the score less readable. Before attempting to play the piece, you should already possess a well-practiced tremolo. The computer will precisely play the notes for the exact duration and invariably it won’t sound right. It is perhaps the most played solo in the guitar repertoire.

This becomes obvious when you enter a traditionally notated tremolo into a MIDI program and play it back.