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Lagrima by Francisco Tárrega: Classical Guitar - Tab and Standard Notation

Updated on June 15, 2016
Lagrima by Francisco Tarrega in Guitar tab and standard Notation
Lagrima by Francisco Tarrega in Guitar tab and standard Notation

A very popular and relatively simple prelude by the 19th century, Spanish guitar legend, Francisco Tárrega. You can play it from the score below in guitar tab or standard music notation, and if you want to study it at your leisure, you can download a PDF file of it for viewing offline or printing.

You can see the score magnified on-screen by clicking anywhere on the score. This will open the HubPages Gallery and let you see each line large and clear.

There's also a software-generated audio version that you can hear in the video capsule near the bottom of the Hub. A machine-generated renditions can't really do justice to classical guitar music, especially classical guitar music of the Romantic Period, as it lacks the human touch and sounds a bit mechanical, but it gives you an idea of how it should sound if you're unfamiliar with the piece or if your reading skills aren't quite up to playing it straight off.

Lagrima by Francisco Tarrega

Lagrima by Francisco Tarrega
Lagrima by Francisco Tarrega

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Study Notes for Learners


Lagrima is a short prelude in ternary form, meaning it has two sections, A & B, with the B section sandwiched between two A sections. Each section is immediately repeated and on the second repeat of the B section, the D.C al Fine instruction sends you back to the beginning to play the A section once again without repeating, finally ending at the Fine sign in bar 8. So, the complete playing order is A A B B A.


The principal key of Lagrima is E major, and is the key of the A section. The B section is in the key of E minor to provide some tonal contrast. Note the change of key signature between bars 8 and 9. The four-sharp key signature of E major is cancelled by natural signs and replaced by the one-sharp key signature of E minor.

Fretboard Positions

This prelude involves quite a bit of position playing as far as the 9th position with some barré chord shapes that may be unfamiliar to many learners. Most of them can be played as half-barrés. This is the main technical challenge of Lagrima and is why it's not considered a beginners' piece. Most of the fretting-hand fingering shown is the original fingering by Tarrega, himself, although the original manuscript shows that he changed his mind a few times.

Performance Style

Coming from the late Romantic Period and named Lagrima, which is the Spanish word for "teardrop", is a clue that Lagrima should be tinged with a touch of melancholy and played with an expressive singing style in the melody. The machine-produced audio version below can't reproduce that very 'human' quality, so it's up to you to infuse your playing with the necessary emotion - but not to the point that it sounds sentimental. Use some vibrato on the higher notes that have a longer duration and also play the melody (where practical) with rest stroke to emphasise it and add some sweetness to the tone. (Rest stroke involves plucking the string and bringing your finger to rest on the string above.)

Lagrima - Musical features at a glance

Francisco Tárrega (1852-1909)
Andante (80-90 BPM)
Simple Triple (3/4)
E major and E minor
Highest Fretboard Position
Pos IX (fret 12)
Ternary (A-A-B-B-A)
Video playback quality settings control
Video playback quality settings control

Lagrima - audio demo

The video below contains the score displayed line by line in time with a score-generated version of Lagrima. View the score in full-screen mode with high playback quality such as 1080HD to ensure that the tab and notation staffs are clear and legible. The picture on the right shows where to access the video quality control, which only appears after you click 'Play'.

More Classical Guitar Pieces

See the links below for some more classical guitar arrangements in the same format as this one, - i.e., with guitar tablature, standard notation, audio demo and study notes for learners. For a more complete list, see my HubPages profile. The collection of guitar arrangements available includes music by Sor, Carulli, Carcassi, Aguado and more, plus guitar transcriptions of music composed by Bach and Beethoven and the Elizabethan/ Renaissance Period composer of lute music, John Dowland. There are also some acoustic fingerstyle guitar arrangements of folk songs such as Scarborough Fair and Greensleeves.


Lagrima is composed by Francisco Tárrega (1852-1909) and is in the Public Domain

The score, audio and images are produced by chasmac.

© 2015 chasmac


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