Francisco Tárrega, Lágrima

Franciso Tárrega, Spanish classical guitarist and composer

Few upper beginner/intermediate guitar pieces are more well-known and appreciated than Francisco Tárrega‘s piece Lágrima (meaning tears). The fragile A section in E major is full of emotion, requiring a delicate touch and sensitive approach. The bright A section is then juxtaposed with a remorseful, almost desperate B section in the parallel minor key (E minor).

The fingerings and left hand positions found in this score are based on my own experience and comfort with the piece. As with every notation I offer, efficiency of movement and melodic integrity are the primary considerations taken into account.

My arrangement also includes dotted slurs, which are optional slurs based on various editions and interpretations of the piece. I’ve also included an optional open A bass note in parenthesis on measure 6, which I’ve heard in other performances (and play in my rendition below).

This score also features a glissando in measure 9, which is a slide from one pitch to another. In this case, finger 2 begins on the first string G natural (fret 3) and slides up the first string to C natural (fret 7). While also optional, slides such as these are a characteristic feature commonly found in Tárrega’s music, and in music of the Romantic era in general. Furthermore, I recommend you incorporate the glissando because it sounds awesome!

Lágrima by Francisco Tárrega played by Jonathan Richter
Lágrima free score by Francisco Tárrega classical guitar notation.
Lágrima by Francisco Tárrega
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