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Gymnopédie No.1 by Erik Satie for Guitar (PDF)

Gymnopédie No.1 by Erik Satie for Guitar (PDF)

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Gymnopédie No. 1 by Erik Satie (1866-1925). PDF sheet music arranged for classical guitar. Comes with both a notation edition with left hand fingering and a separate tab edition. Late-Intermediate (grade 7). This is a PDF download.

Gymnopédie No. 1 from Trois Gymnopédies for Piano by Erik Satie (1866-1925) with the dedication "à Mademoiselle Jeanne de Bret". The tempo marking is just excellent: Lent et douloureux (slow and painful). Youtube Lesson Link.

Video Performance & Lesson 

Capo - A capo adds a light and higher pitch charm as well as equalizes the sound of the open vs fretted notes. I prefer to capo the 4th fret but it is only personal preference and completely optional. It has no relation to the desired pitch of the arrangement, just a sweet spot on the instrument.

Bar 34 - The use of the 2nd finger on C# is not ideal so special attention to sustain and legato is needed. Advanced players may wish to use their 3rd finger on C# if the stretch is feasible.

Bar 37-39 and 45-47 - The upward moving accompaniment is awkward but does add a nice moment in upper positions. I originally arranged it for first position but it sounded a little static overall. If possible, try to sustain the F# and G on the first beat as long as possible while softly cascading upward with the accompaniment. Some students may have to release notes early if the stretches are difficult.


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