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I had heard at least two mistakes made with respect to playing the piece.

Modern editions write D. Although I have preserved the original D. I used the Antich y Tena edition of Adelita as the source for my edition. One section is in a minor key, sounds very bittersweet and sadly dramatic.

If you are a novice guitarist, you may feel it is within your reach based on hearing the first half of the song. Both notations produce the same sounding music, but mine should be easier to interpret correctly. The hairpins in the Antich y Tena edition of Adelita —faithfully preserved in the Anido edition, but butchered in modern editions—that follow the contours of the notes instead of being placed horizontally above or below the staff—and also lacking accompanying dynamic intensity markings—may represent agogic considerations and not dynamic intensity changes.

Adelita (Tárrega, Francisco) – IMSLP/Petrucci Music Library: Free Public Domain Sheet Music

Playing the slurs fluidly requires a well-developed little finger. Mozart, Beethoven, and other great composers expected their Da Capos to respect the playing of repeats unless accompanied by an additional instruction to not do so see Beethoven’s Century: As a side note, I believe notated guide finger lines to be superfluous; it suffices to see that two consecutive notes use the same finger number. That may account for why most recordings are played at an Andante or faster.


Still, today the classical guitar world cannot bring itself to use the term slide and much confusion abounds regarding the difference between glissandosportamentosand finger shifts. Since the slides are not slurred, you strike the second note on arrival.

The second mistake I had heard was playing the portamentos—which are notated in the original as an unslurred slide to a grace note—by striking the end note twice instead of once.

I’ve never been one to use forums, but the GT forum is full of great people and helpful information at ALL levels! After much debate, I decided to make significant notational changes that do not change the meaning of the music, but make it easier for the contemporary player to understand.

A slide is denoted by a line connecting the two noteheads and does produce an audible slide effect. Nevertheless, I opted tarreg unambiguous clarity over interpretive freedom. A slurred slide means you slide from the first note to the second and do not strike the second note, allowing it to sound as a result of the slide.

In the 19th century, the term was confused with the appoggiatura. Trarega of acciaccaturas forming reverse mordents, I unambiguosly represent the notes with their actual values so there is no question that they are played on the same beat as the second voice bass note. Each voice, part, line is heard clearly and distinctly in it’s own “musical space”.

Adelita (Tárrega, Francisco)

The first was to play the acciaccatura notes before the second voice bass note and accenting the note that showed the accent instead of accenting the beat. If they were slurred, you would not strike the second note.

At first, the primary change I made was to extend the slurs from the acciaccaturas [ 2 ] to the note following the acciaccatura forming a so-called reverse or inverted mordent. Although he did not invent the metronome, he manufactured adellita sold what became the most popular model. I prefer the acciaccatura notation because no one can or should play a 64th note exactly.


Adelita by Francisco Tárrega –

His music always shows complete command of the instrument. Therefore, I recommend not trying to learn the piece until you’ve developed both comfort with barres and sufficient strength and flexibility in the little finger to play clear hammer-ons and pull-offs. After much thought, I decided that the accents on the notes after the acciaccaturas were too confusing for players without much notational experience.

There is also an additional Romantic aspect in the use of extended harmony notes in the melodic lines, such as dominant 9ths, flat 9ths, dominant 13ths, flat 13ths. A guide finger indication is denoted by a line connecting the two identical fingering numbers of two consecutive notes and does not produce an audible slide effect. I also replaced the trailing grace note portamento representations with a modern-day unslurred slide.

Adelita, by Francisco Tárrega: my Ukulele rendition

These are not guide finger indications. Finally, there is a return to the original key, be it minor or major. That said, before the widespread use of metronome marks, [ 1 ] the intended beats per minute of a particular tempo indicator was ambiguous at best. If you have doubts about using my edition, please remember that my changes do not change the music as it sounds.