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SOLO: Bourree in Em

Bourrée in Em (Bach)

One of the most famous pieces of classical repertoire for the guitar, Bourrée in Em was originally written for the lute, an early fretted instrument similar to the modern guitar. Because it was written for an instrument so similar to the guitar, it is particularly well-suited to play on the guitar today. While other music by Bach has been adapted or modified to be playable on the guitar, Bourrée in Em can be played well with no adaptations.

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There are many ways to fret given notes; for example, in mm2 we have an “E” on fret V of string 2. That could of course be played as an open E string on string 1. Give this tune to 10 players and you may well end up with 10 different ways to play it—some smoother than others, but all more or less correct. This is a great example of why it’s very important to learn the guitar fretboard. Doing so will help you to examine each note or chord, and see simultaneously all of the different ways in which it can be played.

Until then, it is best to find one good source to learn from and stick with it.


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