Fernando Sor, Op. 35 Etude No.1: Andante

Portrait of Fernando Sor, classical guitarist and composer

Fernando Sor’s short etude entitled Andante is an excellent introduction to harmony, and playing two parts at once. The first etude of 24 in the Opus 35 collection, Sor’s Andante is meant to be played at a moderately slow pace.

Although the left hand finger positions aren’t particularly difficult, the challenge of this piece comes in holding the bass notes for the appropriate length of time, and maintaining a steady and clear tone with your melodic phrasing.

This piece may seem a little plain if it’s just played straight through with no feeling, so enjoy the freedom of experimenting with dynamics to bring Sor’s Andante to life!

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