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Francisco Burgos Freile, guitarist
Hand Drums


GuantanameraFrancisco Burgos Freile, guitar
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Guantanamera. 5 measures. Notation with fingers and tabs.jpg

"Guantanamera" is perhaps one of the most well-known songs from Cuba ever written. It has a very simple three-chord harmony. It was one of the first songs I learned to play on the guitar as a teenager to accompany "Le chanteur" or "chanteuse" among my friends who we considered had the best "decent" voice. Although the original song uses only three chords, this arrangement requires the player to have good technical control on both hands to make the piece sound smooth since the three-chord harmony structure has been separated into independent sections: the melody, accompaniment, and bassline' All three parts need to be played simultaneously and that presents some challenges for the player that can be easily solved by learning to play the piece slowly first. A guitarist with an intermediate level classical guitar technique will not have that much of a problem learning this piece. It comes on both, music notation and tablature. I had fun doing the arrangement.

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