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Easy Classical Guitar: Allegretto by J. Küffner in Guitar Tab, Standard Notation and Audio

Updated on July 3, 2016
Allegretto by Joseph Küffner - Tab, notation, audio
Allegretto by Joseph Küffner - Tab, notation, audio

This is an easy classical guitar piece by the 18/19th century German composer, Joseph Küffner, that beginners can play quite easily by following the standard notation or guitar tab. It's written in a single musical part as It's really just a melody that is composed to imply harmony and bass. There's no separate harmony notes or bassline. The melody does it all.

The video capsule contains the score of the piece as well as a software-generated audio track, (converted from MIDI). The score changes staff by staff as the music plays. View it in full-screen mode at a high quality (HD) playback setting on the video capsule to ensure it displays large and clear. See the video setting image if you're not sure how to adjust the quality on the video capsule.

To study and learn the piece yourself, use the score underneath the video. You can see the whole score at the same time, but if you want to see it enlarged click on any staff to open the HubPages Gallery feature.

"Allegretto" Opus 168 - no.4 by Joseph Küffner

Right and Left hand fingering chart
Right and Left hand fingering chart

Chords of Allegretto

Optional accompaniment chords for Allegretto

Playing Tips

The piece consists of two sections, A & B, each being immediately repeated. Section A is 8 bars long and section B is 16 bars long. The playing order is:

A - A - B - B

The rit sign(short for 'ritardando' means slow down; the 'a tempo' sign means resume your original playing speed (tempo).

Time Signature

The time signature is 44 ('four-four') so each quarter note lasts exactly one beat. As it's almost all quarter notes, it's very easy to count as 1 - 2 - 3 - 4 for every bar including those bars with half notes, each lasting two beats each.


Recommended fretting-hand fingering is shown by the finger numbers (1 - 4) in a few places, but it's pretty straightforward all the way. Picking-hand fingering (p-i-m-a, etc.) is shown at the start as an example of a typical classical guitar fingering that fits the shape of the melody. Feel free to do it your own way. See the fingering chart if you're not familiar with classical guitar fingering labels.

Key and Chords

The key is C major, so treat C major as the tonic or 'home' chord. G major is the dominant chord, the one that sends us back home to the C major chord. The chord in bar 2 is B diminished, (noted B D F) which is really just G7 (notes G B D F) without a G root. The D7 chord occurs in bars 13 and 14. It's a 'secondary dominant' chord, which is a chord that is foreign to the key, but is the dominant chord of another key - G major in this case. Its job is to lead us briefly to a new key of G major, which happens on the first beat of bar 16. It doesn't last, though. In the same bar, G7, comes back and leads us back to the home key, C major, in bar 17, and on until the last bar.

Joseph Küffner

Joseph Küffner (1776-1856) was a composer from the Bavarian city of Wurzbug in Germany. He's not especially known as a guitarist, but he did compose a lot of guitar music. He is better known for his orchestral works including seven symphonies.

More Easy Classical Guitar Pieces to try

To see more easy classical guitar pieces like this one (and some not so easy) in the same format (guitar tab, standard notation and audio), see the "next" and "previous" links at the bottom of this article. Click through in either direction to find one that interests you. There are also some folk fingerstyle pieces more suited to steel string acoustic guitars.

If you need help reading standard Notation see my Basics of Standard Notation Hub.

If you need help reading the guitar tab see my Guitar Tablature Basics Hub.


The music featured in this article is composed by Joseph Küffner (1876 - 1856) and is in the Public Domain.

The score, audio track and images are by chasmac and produced on Finale, Goldwave and Photoshop.

The article is for publication on HubPages only.

© 2014 chasmac


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