Guardame las vacas by Narváez (Lesson & Free PDF)

Diferencias sobre Guárdame las vacas by Luys de Narváez (fl. 1526-1549) from Los seys libros del delphín – Sheet Music for Classical Guitar with Notation Only or Notation + TAB. Left hand fingering. PDF Download. The level is Intermediate (Approximately Grade 6-7). Originally for vihuela. Please note: This edition uses F# tuning on the 3rd string (see video explanation).

Free Notation Only Edition

TAB Edition (PDF)

Also know as Luis Narváez, a Spanish composer and vihuelist. I’ve wanted to put out an edition of this work for some time. My edition follows the original tuning and tablature very closely and aims to explain the multi-voiced complexity of the work. You’ll notice a number of differences for well-known editions but I follow the original vihuela tablature (you can compare it as it is available on IMSLP).  Youtube Video Lesson Link (4k). Join the Email Newsletter to get updates on sheet music lessons. Please consider supporting the site.

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  1. Hi there. I’ve been trying to learn this piece but I can’t for the life of me work out what the ‘4’ notated above the third note means. I assume the notes refer to fret numbers because of the ‘0’s later in the piece, but the note is an ‘A’ and there are no ‘A’s the 4th fret in this tuning?

    • The numbers above the notes are fingering. That 4 indicates 4th finger (pinky) on the 3rd fret of the 3rd string. The 3rd finger is busy holding the C from the starting bass note.

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