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Bianco Fiore (Cesare Negri)

This Renaissance-era tune is attributed to Cesare Negri (c. 1535 - c. 1605) because it appears in his dance instruction work, Le Gratie d'Amore.

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This Version

This version differs from most others in that it remains true to the original as much as possible. Some small changes were made to adapt the music from lute to guitar, and occasionally notes were moved by one octave.

The tune has mostly two voices at one time, with the occasional three-string chord, making it a suitable piece for beginners.


  • Learn how to tune your guitar to drop D tuning (DADGbe) by tuning the 6th string down one whole-step.
  • Practice the music slowly, preferably learning one section at a time.
  • Be mindful of the rhythm. If you don’t understand how to read rhythmic notation, listen to the performance for reference.
  • Some repeats will be needed to turn this into a full-length tune. You can play AABBCC, or ABCABC.
  • When plucking the same string for repeated notes, use an alternation of two plucking-hand fingers, rather than the same finger repeatedly.
  • Think carefully about what fingers you will use to fret the notes.


Tuning is in Drop D (DADGbe)


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