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"Recuerdos de la Alhambra" for Classical Guitar by Francisco Tarrega - Video, Sheet Music and Tab

Updated on June 4, 2012


"Recuerdos de la Alhambra" is a famous classical guitar piece written by Francisco Tarrega (1852 - 1909).  "Recuerdos de la Alhambra" is Spanish for "Memories of the Alhambra".  The piece is famous within the Classical Guitar Repertoire for its extensive use of tremolo.  Tremolo is a technique where the guitarist plays a single note in the higher registers rapidly with the ring, middle and fore fingers.  It creates the illusion that the note is being sustained for a long period of time.  While this is going on, a different melody is played in the bass register by the thumb. 

Learning to Play "Recuerdos de la Alhambra"

If you are a guitar student who is interesting in learning to play "Recuerdos de la Alhambra" then I can only say this: Good Luck! The piece is very hard! The Royal Conservatory of Music lists the piece at Grade 9, which is very advanced: roughly the level of skill that you would expect a conservatory student to have. Nonetheless, if you want to give if a shot then here are links to sheet music, tab and a profesional recording of the piece.

Recordings of "Recuerdos de la Alhambra"


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      Derdriu 6 years ago

      Ari Lamstein: Thank you for the brief introduction, the explanation of the tremolo technique, and the performance!

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      Suzette Walker 6 years ago from Taos, NM

      This is beautiful! I love Spanish classical guitar. I have spent a lot of time in Spain and I just swoon when the classical guitar is played. This hub is great!