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Bach wrote the partita in and it was first published in I invite any guitarist who simply wants to dip a toe into this vast pool of knowledge and beauty to do the same. Disclaimer: Of course, this piece was intended to be played fingerstyle on a nylon-string acoustic, but you can certainly learn it on any guitar using any technique you choose. Generally, bass strings and chord strums are played with the thumb, while the index, middle, and ring fingers cover the top four strings.

Note how this recurs every two measures throughout bars 1—8. Bar 6 features a measure of A7-based melody, followed in bar 7 by A7-to-A6 counterpoint moves played over a pedaled open fifth string. This deceptively resolves to an unexpected Gmaj7 in bar 8, and, with Gmaj7 being the IV chord in the key of D, puts us one step closer to a pending modulation to this relative major key. In fact, the jazz-like Bm7-E7 progression in bar 12 also signals a shift to 3-bar versus 4-bar phrases for the remaining nine bars.

Thus ends the excerpt. Unconventional as it may be, Ex. The chart also makes it easier to experiment with alternative fingerings. For instance, bars 1 and 2 remain untouched except for the pickup into bar 3, but I found bars 3 and 4 to be a more comfortable fit as shown in Ex. The pickup simply inverts the Edim7 chord from bar 2 in the same position by using the lower part of the same chord grip. Bar 4 remains the same as in Ex. These now require a bit of a stretch, but I liked the idea of keeping the voicings on the same strings as ones coming up in the next phrase.

Bar 14 not notated remains untouched. For all its riches and no matter how you play it, once you learn this excerpt it goes by fairly quickly.


Bach, JS – Bourree in Em

Listen Video Lesson Adaptations Because it was written for an instrument so similar to the guitar, it is particularly well-suited to play on the guitar today. That could, of course, be played as an open E string on string 1. Give this tune to 10 players and you may well end up with 10 different ways to play it—some smoother than others, but all more or less correct. Doing so will help you to examine each note or chord, and see simultaneously all of the different ways in which it can be played. Until then, it is best to find one good source to learn from and stick with it. Key Points There is a mordent written in m7.


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Bourree in Em (Bach)


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