Prelude in E Major, BWV 1006a by Bach (PDF, Lesson)

Prelude in E Major, BWV 1006a for Guitar - Free PDF

Prelude in E Major from BWV 1006a by Johann Sebastian Bach (1685–1750) – Arranged for Classical Guitar. From ‘Lute’ Suite in E Major. Includes both a notation-only edition and a TAB edition. Left hand fingering only. PDF download. Performance comments. Level: Advanced.

Fingered Notation-Only and TAB Edition (PDF)

Free Unfingered Edition (PDF) to Create Your Own

The original work by Bach is Partita No. 3 in E major, BWV 1006 for solo violin with a further autographed arrangement known now as Suite in E major, BWV 1006a. It was likely arranged on lute- harpsichord (lautenwerk), an uncommon instrument, and so it became popularly known as a Lute Suite. Bach was familiar with lute players of the day such as Sylvius Leopold Weiss (1687–1750) and so it is not inconceivable that Bach could have imagined a lute performing the work. That said, in terms of performance difficulty and suitability, this is a keyboard work or at least unspecified instrumentation. I’ve created the free unfingered edition for advanced players to make their own editions or for students to read and listen. Students will also be interested in my fully fingered edition and tab edition. Read more in Preface of the free or premium edition. 

Video Lesson: Exploring the Left Hand Fingering

This is a video lesson exploring the left hand fingering. It is not intended as a tutorial (although it might accomplish that) and also does not cover the vast array of musical information relevant to Bach. It is just an exploration of the fingering.. One correction: Bar 114 last two notes should be D natural and open B. I’ve corrected this in the score. As mentioned, you should get your hands on as many editions of this work as possible, the Koonce is well worth it, even if I don’t like his fingerings they are still very good and worth your exploration: Bach Lute Suites (Koonce) – via Amazon, a standard, and it has facsimiles at the end.

Video Perfomances

Andrea González Caballero – Surprisingly similar to my edition, I found this after I made it so this is great to see because I was getting worried my were so different…Thanks for the great vid Andrea!

Rupert Boyd – A nice and musical performance, pretty straight forward fingerings and they work.

Alexander Milovanov – Some cool solutions to a few of the problems. Seems to work well.

Drew Henderson on 8 String – Yes!

Nigel North on Lute

I owned this Perlman album years ago!

I grew up listening to Williams so I can’t help but love this.


Help Support the Site

Support the site. You're reading one of the most popular independent classical guitar publications online. The website, newsletter, and lessons are available to everyone for free. But it’s difficult and expensive work. Corporations and social media have caused falling revenues across the web making it increasingly challenging for independent publishers. If you value the website, newsletter, free lessons, or sheet music, please consider offering your support to keep its future sustainable and secure. – Bradford Werner

Leave a Reply