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Adelita, by Francisco Tárrega: my Ukulele rendition

I used the Antich y Tena edition of Adelita as the source for my edition. His music always shows complete command of the instrument. One section is in a minor key, sounds very bittersweet and sadly dramatic.

Bottom bass notes 3. I almost left out the hairpins because their interpretation was not entirely clear. An unslurred slide means you slide from the first note to the second and strike the second note upon arriving.

In this lesson I discuss aspects of Tarrega’s compositional style. 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.

Therefore, I recommend not tarrga to learn the piece until you’ve developed both comfort with barres and sufficient strength and flexibility in the little finger to play clear hammer-ons and pull-offs. Each voice, part, line is heard clearly and distinctly in it’s own “musical space”. 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.

If you are a novice guitarist, you may feel it is within your reach based on hearing the first half of the song. 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. In addition, there are usually three “voices” or “lines of music”. Open In New Window. Composers as varied as Haydn, Beethoven, Chopin, and Schubert used hairpins as agogic and voicing instructions instead of as dynamic intensity indicators, for which the written instructions crescendo and decrescendo as well as abbreviated dynamic markings were used instead for more information see The Secret Life of Musical NotationRoberto Poli, 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.


After much thought, I decided that the accents on the notes after the acciaccaturas were too confusing for players without much notational experience. That said, before the widespread use of metronome marks, [ 1 ] the intended beats per minute of a particular tempo indicator was ambiguous at best.

His music is very classical in nature because there is usually a clear melody supported by a bass line that creates traditional classical harmony, chord progression and voice leading.

Play Michael Chapdelaine’s Arrangements of Tárrega’s ‘Adelita’ and ‘Lagrima’

By the 20th century, however, the notion of avoiding repeats had become widespread. It is not clear, however, that it qualifies as a mazurka. As a side note, I believe notated guide finger lines to be superfluous; it suffices to see that two consecutive notes use the same finger number. Modern editions write D. I also replaced the trailing grace note portamento representations with a modern-day unslurred slide.

I prefer the acciaccatura notation because no one can or should play a 64th note exactly. If you have doubts about using my edition, please remember that my changes do not change the music as it sounds. 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.

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. The second mistake I had heard was playing the portamentos—which are notated in the original as an unslurred slide to a grace note—by striking the end note twice instead of once.


Although I have preserved the original D. A slide is denoted by a line connecting the two noteheads and does produce an audible slide effect. That may account for why most recordings are played at an Andante or faster.

They may not even refer to dynamic levels. 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 believe these changes resulted in more compact, unambiguous, and easy to read music.

Adelita – Wikipedia

In the 19th century, the term was confused with the appoggiatura. The hairpins in the Antich y Tena edition of Adelita —faithfully preserved in the Anido edition, but butchered in modern editions—that follow the contours of the notes instead of being placed horizontally above or below the staff—and also lacking accompanying dynamic intensity markings—may represent agogic garrega and not dynamic intensity changes. 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. 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.