Fernando Sor – Op.31 Etude No.1 (Andante)

Portrait of Fernando Sor, classical guitar composer

Fernando Sor‘s Op.31, Etude No. 1: Andante is a fine composition in C major that’s perfect for students at the beginner level. This piece is especially effective for those wishing to practice reading harmony (two or more notes played at the same time), while also learning to bring out a clear and definitive melody.

The piece is in 3/4 time, and often features a dance-like pulse emphasizing beats one and three.

While at first it appears this etude seems to only have two voices, we see a third voice appear in measure 7 (evidenced by a quarter rest preceding the two dotted half notes in the bass and treble voices).

Players will also want to account for the pickup measure, and notice how that results in irregular rhythms in measure 16 (the first repeat) and the final measure.

Fernando Sor Op. 31 – No.1 played by Jonathan Richter
Fernando Sor Op.31 Etude No.1: Andante - Free Classical Guitar Sheet Music.