Bach's Minuet in G Major (Two Hands)

by Ramiro Delforte

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  • Hi GMC! In this lesson we will explore the world of two-handed tapping technique. Players such as Stanley Jordan, T.J Helmerich and Adam Fullara are very well known for using this technique.

    The lesson will concentrate in an arrangement of Bach's Minue in G major from the Ana Maria Magdalena book. This piece is one of nineteen pieces that Bach composed for a basic polyphonic training in the keyboard. My arrangement was made taking care of certain technique problems that are particular of the guitar.

    The main problem that I've found when I played the original score for the first time was that if I kept the notes (played with my right hand) in the same register it was difficult to play them without touching the strings (and the notes that plays the left hand) and mute them. So I basically moved the register of the right hand one octave higher (that is the real register when you play it on the piano).

    The other problem that I've found was the key. The piece is in G major so when the V degree (D dominant) comes, the bass line always play the D twice but changing octaves. To avoid this difficulty I've decided to play the note in the same register.

    You could try to make your own arrangement and tune the 6th string a whole-step lower so you can get that D when the dominant comes.

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