Playing the Lisbon Portuguese Guitarra by Ronald Louis Fernandez, copyright 2021 (Page 1)


Introduction

In these online pages I present an introduction to playing the Lisbon Style of the Portuguese Guitar. I present basic playing techniques.  I give musical examples in standard notation and tablature. There are transcriptions of solo pieces with Spanish guitar accompaniment.   There is information about accompanying the Portuguese Guitar with the Spanish Guitar. There are transcriptions of 19th century pieces. There are transposed versions from early 20th century method books. There are videos of unique performers. There is an annotated bibliography.   My personal odyssey discovering this instrument began over 50 years in Montreal and took me to Lisboa, Coimbra, Porto, Braga, Vancouver and California--some of that long story is related here. 
Ron Fernandez in Anacortes, Washington.

Photo: Portuguese Guitarra by Antonio Victor Vieira, made in Lisboa in 1920. I personally repaired and French Polished this guitarra.


CONTENTS OF THIS METHOD

Section 1. Tuning for Lisbon Style Portuguese Guitarra, String gauges for Lisboa and Coimbra Guitarras

Section 2. Making Unhas for Portuguese Guitarra: part 1 and part 2 (videos).

Section 3. Explanation about Cifra and Notation

Section 4. Left Hand and Right Hand Fingers

Section 5. Right hand techniques: Free and Rest strokes

Section 6. Playing Position and Foot Stool

Section 7. Basic Fado Arpeggios

Section 8. Fado Corrido em Ré Menor (D minor). Video on YouTube and the actual music for Fado Menor in Notation and Tablature

Section 9. Fado Corrido em Ré Maior (D major). Video on TubeTube and the actual music for Fado Maior in Notation and Tablature

Section 10a. Fado Menor de Reynaldo Varella (1925)--a written transcription of his music NEW

Section 10b. Fado Maior de Reynaldo Varella (1925)--a written transcription of his music NEW

Section 12a. Fado Corrido by João Victória--in Método de Guitarra NEW

Section 12b. Fado Corrido Menor by João Victoria--in Método de Guitarra NEW

Section 12c. Fado em Sol by João Victoria--in Método de Guitarra NEW

Section 12d. Fado da Mouraria em Lá Menor by João Victoria--in Método de Guitarra New

Section 12e. Fado da Meia Noite em Mi Menor by João Victoria--in Método de Guitarra New

Section 13a.  Variações do Fado Corrido Maior by João Victoria in 1º Álbum do Gutarrista (coming)

Section 13b. Variações do Fado Corrido Menor by João Victoria in 1º Álbum do Gutarrista (coming)

Section 13c.. Variações do Fado Corrido Floreado by João Victoria in 1º Álbum do Gutarrista (coming)

Section 13d. Variações do Fado Corrido Sentimental by João Victoria in 1º Álbum do Gutarrista (coming)

Section 13e. Fado do Seixal by João Victoria in 1º Álbum do Gutarrista (coming)

Section 14. José Pracana-- A video (2003) of him playing Fado Lopes NEW

Section 15a. Artur Gaipo (coming)

Section 15b. Balada de Montreal, a guitarrada played by Artur Gaipo, Fernando Rocha, Ron Fernández, José Marques NEW

Section 15c. Açoreana Bonita, song by Artur Gaipo NEW

Section 16a.  Fado do Marinheiro, an early Portuguese Fado NEW

Section 16b. Another Fado do Marinheiro, an even older Portuguese Fado? NEW

Section 17a. Minuete da Saudade--From Estudo de Guitarra (1796) NEW

Section 17b. Estudo de Guitarra by António Da Silva Leite NEW

Section 18. Accompaniment on the Spanish Guitar or the Viola de Fado--Musical examples (Coming)

Section 19. Fado Castiço and Fado Canção (New) NEW






Section 30. Selected Bibliography on the Portuguese Guitarra REVISED

Section 31. My own story about the fado





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