Pavana by Gaspar Sanz (Lesson, PDF)

Pavana by Gaspar Sanz (1640 – 1710). Originally for Baroque guitar. This comes from my Classical Guitar Repertoire Lessons Grade 5 book. Five pieces at the grade 5 level with dedicated lessons preparing you for each piece.

Jump Ahead in the Video: Scales (3:36); Ornaments (9:38); Walk-Through (9:18).

Pavana from Libro segundo, de cifras sobre la guitarra española (1675) by Gaspar Sanz (1640 – 1710). The original tablature has another section at the end. However, due to the octave tuning of the Baroque guitar choruses (string sets) the final section lacks the desired result when played on a modern guitar. Most editions of the work omit the improvisatory-sounding final section.

vib. – This marking is for a specifically intense vibrato which was used as an ornament that would highlight the note or musical line. The effect is a bit different on Baroque guitar so don’t over-do-it on the modern classical guitar.

The Baroque guitar only has five choruses and I’ve arranged it here to follow Sanz’s fingering/frets. Many modern editions of the music fill out the bass line to utilize the low 6th string. Feel free to experiment with extending the range of the bass voice. For example, the last two beats of Bar 11 could use a low G and F on the sixth string.

Bar 29 – The 3rd beat bass note would sound nice as an E but the tablature clearly marks the open 4th string.

Alternate right hand fingering on melodic scale passages. Some repeated fingers will occur around the three and four voice chords. Use the thumb for all of the bass voice and alternate i, m, and a for the other notes. I’ve marked a few bars for ideas and reminders for the thumb on the third string.

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