Fernando Sor’s Etude in B minor by Jeff Dwarshuis

Fernando Sor’s study in B minor is a famous and beautiful piece of music. It was typical of Sor that he create studies that were both great music and with intended learning demands for the player. In this case the piece is an exploration of melody on the guitar as well as a highlight of an unusual key for the guitar. The key of B minor centers around the second fret and top four strings – a very “quiet” area of the guitar. The complication of this piece for the guitarist is to provide the breath needed to do justice to the melody while working within a very limited range of volume and color. Enjoy!

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