Air “On The G String” by J.S. Bach (1685-1750) – This is the 2nd movement in Bach’s Orchestral Suite No. 3 in D major, BWV 1068. Arranged for Easy Fingerstyle or Classical Guitar. Notation + TAB and Notation Only Editions, Fingering, PDF Download. The level is intermediate, around Grade 5 or 6. Here’s the YouTube Video Lesson Link.
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This easy arrangement was created for students or guitarists playing gigs such as weddings. It should be pretty easy and sight-readable in general. The original is an orchestral suite so clearly some reduction has taken place. I try to keep the violin melody clear but did away with the octave leaps in the bass for ease of playing. You can also find the tab as a hardcopy in my Classical Guitar Tab book on Amazon.
Bach’s third Orchestral Suite in D major, composed in the first half of the 18th century, has an “Air” as second movement, following its French overture opening movement. The suite is composed for three trumpets, timpani, two oboes, strings (two violin parts and a viola part), and basso continuo. In the second movement of the suite however only the strings and the continuo play. This is the only movement of the suite where all other instruments are silent. The music of the “Air” is written on four staves, for solo violin, violins, violas, and continuo. The interweaving melody lines of the high strings contrasts with the pronounced rhythmic drive in the bass. – via Wiki.