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Bach's First Cello Suite in D

One of the best exercises for the guitarist is to transcribe pieces penned for other instruments into guitar renditions. Why is this so beneficial?  Well, we often play music specifically composed for our instrument and these pieces are written guitaristically.  The composer knows the limits of the instrument -- or at least what he or she feels are the limits -- and then crafts a melody that fits these preconceived notions.  Limits and constraint are the result. 

Taking a piece written for the piano (like Albeniz' material) or the piece we will be exploring -- Bach's First Suite for unaccompanied cello -- means we are forced to think outside the parameters we expect and get used to with guitar-specific pieces.  Wit the Bach piece, we are forced to put ourselves into Bach's mind and determine what harmonies he was implying with double stops on the cello -- very few complete chords, but much implied, subtle and sublime harmonies can be heard.  Whenever you are attempting a transcription, it is necessary that you not only have a benchmark edition of the piece specifically for the original instrument, but it is also a blessing to have a resource that shows the composer's original edition -- like the Bach Gesellschaft.  In the case of the Bach, numerous editions as well as Gesellschaft facsimiles are available.  What I've done here is reproduced my transcription of the Sarabande of the First Cello Suite.  You will note that there are harmonies that could not be played on the cello -- just try a six-note chord, Yo-Yo!

See if you agree with what I've done.  This is a lovely piece. I'll be bringing more of it to the table in the future.

 

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Carcassi-sor Easy Classic Guitar Solos Performed by Matteo Carcassi, Fernando Sor. By Matteo Carcassi, Fernando Sor. Edited by Marty Winkler. Fretted instrument method/supplement (Guitar). 36 pages. Published by Edwin F. Kalmus. (K04846)
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  Sonatina By F.M. Torroba. Arranged by Andres Segovia. Published by Columbia Music Company. (494003120)
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  Suite Castellana By Moreno-torroba. Arranged by Segovia. Guitar segovia edition. Published by Schott - Guitarren-Archiv (guitar archive). (GA00104)
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  Variations On A Theme Of Mozart,op9 By Fernando Sor. Edited by Bill Holab/Sales. Arranged by Segovia. Guitar segovia edition. Published by Schott - Guitarren-Archiv (guitar archive). (GA00130)
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  Slur Exercises and Chromatic Octaves By Andres Segovia. For guitar. Published by Columbia Music Company. (494001960)
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Heitor Villa-Lobos: Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5 - Aria Composed by Heitor Villa-Lobos (1887-1959), arranged by Andres Segovia. For soprano voice solo and guitar accompaniment. Format: guitar/vocal single. With standard notation. 20th Century. A Minor. 7 pages. 9x12 inches. Published by Hal Leonard.
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Andres Segovia: Diatonic Major and Minor Scales Composed by Andres Segovia. For guitar. Format: instructional book. With standard guitar notation, fingerings and introductory text. Scales. 9x12 inches. Published by Columbia Music Company.
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120 Arpeggio Exercises By Giuliani. Arranged by Barreiro. Willis Guitar Methods. Guitar book. Published by The Willis Music Company. (10746)
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Complete Sonatas of Sor, Giuliani, & Diabelli compiled and edited by Anthony Glise. For Guitar (Classical). solos. Anthony Glise Urtext. Classic. Level: Intermediate-Advanced. Book. Size 8.75x11.75. 308 pages. Published by Mel Bay Publications, Inc. (95692)
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  Fantaisie, Op. 30, No. 7 Guitar Solo. By Fernando Sor. Editions Durand. Size 9.5x12.5 inches. 12 pages. Published by Durand. (50561193)
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  Grand Solo, Op. 14 Guitar Solo. By Fernando Sor. Arranged by Paolo Paolini. Guitar Solo. Size 8x11.5 inches. 20 pages. Published by Ricordi. (50020590)
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  Sonata In C Major Op 15 By Fernando Sor. Arranged by R. Sainz De La Maza. Guitar. Published by Shawnee Press. (UM19760)
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  Sixty Short Pieces Vol. I. By Fernando Sor. Arranged by S. Papas. Published by Columbia Music Company. (494002260)
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Carcassi-sor Easy Classic Guitar Solos Performed by Matteo Carcassi, Fernando Sor. By Matteo Carcassi, Fernando Sor. Edited by Marty Winkler. Fretted instrument method/supplement (Guitar). 36 pages. Published by Edwin F. Kalmus. (K04846)
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Fernando Sor: Twenty Studies For The Guitar Composed by Fernando Sor (1778-1839), edited by Andres Segovia. For guitar. Includes Book and CD package. With standard guitar notation, fingerings and introductory text. Technique. 32 pages. 9x12 inches. Published by Hal Leonard.
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  25 Studi melodici e progressivi, Op. 60 Guitar Technique. By Matteo Carcassi. Arranged by Guido Margaria. Guitar Method. Size 9x12 inches. 40 pages. Published by Ricordi. (50010240)
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Complete Method for Classic Guitar by Mel Bay. For Guitar (Classical). method. Complete. Classic. Level: Multiple Levels. Book. Size 8.75x11.75. 144 pages. Published by Mel Bay Publications, Inc. (93400)
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First Lesson for Guitar - Volume 2 Guitar Technique. By Julio S. Sagreras. Guitar Method. Size 9x12 inches. 36 pages. Published by Ricordi. (50010320)
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Classic Guitar Method Volume 2 by Mel Bay. For Guitar (Classical). method. Classic. Level: Beginning-Intermediate. Book/CD Set. Size 8.75x11.75. 48 pages. Published by Mel Bay Publications, Inc. (93208BCD)
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  Classic Guitar Method Volume 1 by Mel Bay. For Guitar (Classical). method. Classic. Level: Beginning. Book/CD Set. Size 8.75x11.75. 48 pages. Published by Mel Bay Publications, Inc. (93207BCD)
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First Lesson for Guitar - Volume 1 Guitar Technique. By Julio S. Sagreras. Guitar Method. Size 9x12 inches. 32 pages. Published by Ricordi. (50010310)
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