Maria (Gavota) by Francisco Tarrega

Maria (Gavota) by Francisco Tárrega (1852–1909) – PDF Sheet Music for Classical Guitar. Comes with both notation-only edition and tab edition, left hand fingering, PDF download. There is large amount of shifting and barre so the level is either late-intermediate or early-advanced (Grade 8-9). The dedication is “A mi querido amigo el eminente Mandolinista D. Baldomero Cateura.

My PDF Sheet Music Edition – Comes with both notation-only edition and tab edition.


More Video Performances of Maria by Tarrega

Keep in mind that I use my own fingerings, although I try to stay close to Tarrega for the most part (maybe 95% the same). There were a few spots I came up with my own fingerings to ease the difficulty and modernize it but the style of the work is somewhat reliant on Tarrega’s fingerings, shifts with glissando, and overall rhapsodic nature. Anyway, there are some minor changes in each video below.

Thomas Viloteau’s performance below is probably closest overall to both Tarrega and my edition.

Andrea González Caballero performance below has more open string and alternative fingerings. I actually like this a lot and I think it’s even a bit easier to play but the flavour of the piece is slightly sacrificed (barely noticeable due to her great playing). My edition is closer to Viloteau’s but I agree with a few of these compromises/improvements.

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  1. Beginner guitarist here but I love guitar music especially Tarrega. I love Maria because I know it as a tango and it’s where the tango begins that it becomes a sweet sound. Seems to my untrained ear that all three of you only played the introduction?