Grade 1 Lesson: The Spanish Pavin (Anonymous)

This lesson comes from my new book Classical Guitar Repertoire Lessons Grade 1 – Eight pieces at the grade one level with dedicated lessons preparing you for each piece. Check it out at Werner Guitar Editions!

This piece is the The Spanish Pavin, an anonymous lute work from the Renaissance. This is a melody-focused dance and should be played fairly slowly. A Pavin is a dance of Italian origin and popular in Europe in the 16th Century. Although it was originally faster, by the late 16th Century it had become a slower processional dance. Practice the melody on its own and some of the chord shapes to prepare the piece. YouTube Lesson Link (4k)

You can also listen to this lute recording of The Spanish Pavin by Jacob Heringman on his album Blame Not My Lute. It’s ornamented more and repeated.

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