ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Giuliani: Opus 50 No.8 "Allegretto" in Guitar Tab and Standard Notation

Updated on July 9, 2016
Giuliani: Classical Guitar Opus 50 No.8
Giuliani: Classical Guitar Opus 50 No.8

Opus 50 No.8 "Allegretto", from the Papillon Collection by the Italian 19th century composer and guitarist, Mauro Giuliani, is a relatively simple piece to play. You can follow the guitar tab or standard notation below, and you can hear a software-generated demo version of the piece in the video capsule as the score is displayed line by line.

Allegretto - Opus 50 No.8 by M. Giuliani

Allegretto - Opus 50 No.8 by M. Giuliani
Allegretto - Opus 50 No.8 by M. Giuliani

Reading Standard Notation

If you don't read standard notation, you can use the tab in combination with the audio track, but if you want to learn to read standard notation like virtually all classical guitarists do, then Solo Guitar Playing Book 1 by Frederick Noad is an excellent choice. It takes you from knowing nothing up to a good standard of reading ability that would enable you to sight read guitar pieces even more advanced than Giuliani's Allegretto featured in this Hub.

Study Notes for Learners

The biggest challenge in this piece for beginners are the arpeggiated chords that play continuously under the melody. They're not difficult chords although the one that has the F# in the bass might be unfamiliar. It's actually a D major chord in first inversion. The 'form' of the piece is very simple. There are no repeat marks to deal with; you just play through from start to finish.

Time Signature

The time signature of 68 (six-eight) means there are two beats to each bar and each beat is assigned a dotted quarter note's duration. Each beat starts with the lowest bass note of the chord, so count them as 1 - - 2 - -. Try to avoid counting the bar as six eighth notes (1 2 3 4 5 6). It still fits because one dotted quarter note is worth three 8th notes, but that's not what the 68 time signature means. You should try to feel the two beats per bar. That's why the chord notes are grouped (beamed) in threes the way that they are.


Giuliani marked the tempo as 'allegretto' which is how the piece got to be named "Allegretto" either by him or (more likely) by his publisher. Allegretto, indicates a tempo of around 100 BPM (beats per minute) - more or less. The audio track that you can hear in the video capsule is played at 92 BPM, which is a bit slower than 'allegretto'. Feel free to play it even slower than that, though. Slow and fluent is far better than fast and faulty.

Classical guitar fingering diagram
Classical guitar fingering diagram


Some fretting-hand fingering is shown at the start with numbers, and some picking-hand fingering too with letters. These are a guide to get you started. See the chart for the meanings of the fingering labels used in classical guitar. Always try to be logical and parctical. For example, the chord arpeggio notes need to be done with your picking-hand thumb so that your other fingers are free to play the melody notes. Also, you should always try to alternate picking-hand fingers where practical to achieve greater fluency of finger movement.

Chord Tones
G Major
D Major
D F# A
C major

Key and Chords

The key is G major, so keep an eye on the single sharp key signature that makes all F notes, F sharp (F#). That sharp on the top line affects all F notes no matter which line or space of the staff - including the very low F# chord note on the third leger line below the staff.

If you're reading from the tablature staff, then this doesn't concern you as the tab makes clear which fret to play all the F sharp notes on.

There are only three chords and you can tell which chord is being played at any time by referring to the chart. It shows the notes belonging to each chord from its 'root' and not necessarily in the order played in the piece.

Score-generated audio of Giuliani's Opus 50 No.8

More guitar arrangements to try

Check out the links below for more classical guitar pieces in the same format as this one - i.e., with tab, notation and an audio demo. There's an even greater range of choices in my HubPages profile, which also includes folk fingerstyle guitar arrangements.


Allegretto - Opus 50 No.8 is composed by Mauro Giuliani (1781 - 1829) and is in the Public Domain.

The score, audio track and images are by chasmac.

© 2015 chasmac


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)