Spanish Study
Free Guitar Tabs

Spanish Study - with a new full version with all the tablature.

 This piece is based on a very famous classical guitar piece, "Asturias" by Isaac Albeniz.

In spite of being a greatly simplified version of Asturias, even to being set in a different key (the original is high up the neck of the guitar), this piece makes a satisfying and exciting first solo for students wanting to start classical guitar. It sounds more difficult than it really is. 

Spanish Study for guitar, with standard treble clef notation and also guitar tablature.

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On this page are 5 versions of Spanish Study.  



This boy plays a shortened version of this piece, much more like what I have offered on this page, with a couple of added chords. Notice how nicely he extends his thumb: 



The arrangement below is a study or homework version, so my beginners can figure out the tablature and get more familiar with regular notereading.  

How? We compare each note to the tab for it in the Tablature-Staff Note-reading guide, take a pencil, and write it into the empty tablature.  See page 1 (three pages altogether): 

Spanish Study free sheet music with blank tablature for learning

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The repetition in this piece makes it IDEAL for your guitar students to quickly pick up those treble clef notes!  I'm excited to see how my kids do...

Here is a complete version all on one page, with tiny notes and very little in the way of finger markings. It is handy to use once you have the basic idea of the piece:

Spanish Study free sheet music

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In classical guitar playing, "p," "i," "m," and "a" stand for the right hand fingers which pluck the strings:

P = pulgar, the thumb

I = indicio, the index finger

M = medio, the middle finger

A = anular, the ring finger

Spanish Study starts with only right hand thumb (p) and middle finger (m), taking turns.

For a correct classical hand position, be sure the thumb plucks off to the side of the hand, so it doesn't meet the fingers. (I recommend purchasing a book such as Frederick Noad's Solo Guitar Playing, which has photographs to help students position their hands and bodies correctly... or find a teacher with a classical background!)

Notice where the music changes into triplets (the 3-note groups with a "3" over the top of the beam).

The left hand "2" will be placed on "A," the 2nd fret of the "G" string, and stay there for the remainder of the piece.

If you are not familiar with reading staff notation, listen to one of the videos on this page (not Asturias, but Spanish Study, below) and notice where the rhythm changes from a feeling of "1-2, 1-2, 1-2, 1-2, 1-2, 1-2," to a feeling of "1-2-3, 1-2-3, 1-2-3, 1-2-3, 1-2-3, 1-2-3."

A good way to practice this study is to leave off the high E (string 1) and play the thumb melody alone. This is very helpful for struggling note-readers.

Preparatory to starting this piece, it is a good idea to have your guitar students play short scales on each string, using each fret up to fret 5. Starting at string 6 (Low E), that would sound like:

"Open E, F (fret one), F sharp (fret two), G, G sharp, A. Next string: open A, A sharp, B, C, C sharp, D... Next string: open D, etc."

I like to do this next to a piano so kids can see that there are no black notes between B and C, and E and F. Otherwise we use a paper keyboard.

Unless they understand that the distance between notes is not always the same, they will always be baffled by note-reading on the guitar.

The two-page version below is just the same, but it has finger markings on more measures and large notes to make it easy to see! 

Be careful not to mistake finger numbers (1, 2, 3) for fret numbers -- sometimes they are the same, but not necessarily!

Notice in measure 9 that the B is fingered with a 1, even though it is a 2nd-fret note; this is to facilitate playing, as the 2nd finger just played an E (and should stay there through the next measure). "0", of course, means open string.

Just before measure 17, the left hand plays the B with a "1" finger again, because in measure 17 finger "2" must quickly snap down on an A.

In the second half of the piece, some of the notes are fingered differently than in the first half, because the "2" finger is busy keeping the "A" note pressed down on the G string for the entire second half. 

Keep it pressed down! In measure 20, we meet a B note again, once again fingered with a "1" even though the C in the next fret is fingered with a 3. 

Spanish study for guitar free sheet music


Classical music for classical guitar free sheet music


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For kids breaking into classical guitar, going "cold turkey" off of tablature may be very scary. I like to help them out with just the first few measures written in tab along with standard notation. 

Spanish study with guitar tabs for beginner guitar students

But sometimes, if they have been warming up to standard notation, I give them this version instead: 

Easy guitar tabs for Spanish Study classical guitar

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Here is the piece as a lesson on Youtube: 


After playing entirely through this lovely piece, you can figure out why it is called a "study" or "etude" - all the right hand fingers get their turn to be part of a pattern, and it is tiring until your hand builds up strength.  

Don't overdo it at first!  I mean it - you must be cautious with the small muscles of your arms and fingers.

Here is a final version of Asturias, played by guitarist John Williams. He gives an informative introduction and history to this piece:






The links to the guitar music:


Download Spanish Study, three pages of treble clef with guitar tablature


Download worksheet version of Spanish Study with blank tablature


Download Spanish Study all on one page


Download the study on two pages 


Download Spanish Study Intro with Tablature


Download the study Intro, no Tab







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Thank you for a most excellent site. I am a classical guitar teacher, who endeavors to cover chords and fingerstyle as well. I especially liked the printable Celtic music, as some of my teenage students enjoy it! Thank you, again.

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THIS SITE IS AMAZING!!
I've been teaching guitar for about 5 years now, and I've only just found your website! (I could really have used it 5 years ago) :-)  

I teach at primary schools every week day for about 4 hours, so the beginner tabs you have are ideal. Thank you so much for your hard work getting these on the web, you have made many children very happy!!

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