Preludio Saudade (Barrios)

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This is the discussion page for the video lessons for Agustin Barrios’ La Catedral – Preludio Saudade. This is the first of three movements, look in the “Pay video lessons” section for the other movements. The first video is a recording of the whole piece, followed by the webcam lessons. The sheet music, tab document, and Powertab file for this piece can be found here. When posting questions/comments, please mention which video your question is about. Enjoy!

preludio saudade tab

preludio saudade sheet music/ tabs pdf document

preludio saudade powertab file

LA CATEDRAL

Lesson 1

La Catedral – Preludio Saudade lesson 1 from classicalguitarblogger on Vimeo.

Lesson 2

La Catedral – Preludio Saudade lesson 2 from classicalguitarblogger on Vimeo.

Lesson 3

La Catedral – Preludio Saudade lesson 3 from classicalguitarblogger on Vimeo.

Lesson 4

La Catedral – Preludio Saudade lesson 4 from classicalguitarblogger on Vimeo.

Hints on Preludio Saudade: This movement is pretty simple and attainable to intermediate players. There are a few tough fingerings in the left hand, as well as sections that require a lot of flexibility. In the right hand, for 90% of the piece you will pluck the strings in freestroke in this pattern:

Ring finger plays the first E string
Middle finger plays second B string
Index finger plays third G string
Thumb plays fourth D, fifth A, sixth E

This pattern is different in measures 29, 42, 43, but in all others stick to the pattern. There is a melody line on the first string from measures 1 – 37 and then the melody line jumps to other strings. The melody line is a dotted quarter note followed by an eighth note. Try to highlight this melody line in your playing by making it nice and loud and make it ring continuously.

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