Guárdame las vacas is a villancico more than half a millennium old. Its basic structure consists of a repeating bass part overlayed with a descant. A villancico. Here’s the music notation and TABs for Guardame las Vacas by Luis de Narvaez for Classical Guitar. Please feel free to download, print, and share it. Last weekend I spent some time trying to solve something that has puzzled me about Guardame las vacas for a while now. I have several.

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Julian Bream rectified this trend by recording the two sets of variations separately, albeit on the lute. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

Luis de Narváez – Wikipedia

I’ve retained the previous version generated with Sibelius for those who want tablature or wish to compare Sibelius and LilyPond output. Is he really going to guard them? Actively Maintained LilyPond Output. Please consider supporting us by disabling your ad blocker on our website. Guardame las vacas and Conde claros guardaame, both in volume six. Whereas the first set of variations in A minor are easily played in standard guitar turning, these three variations can be a little awkward at times.

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Although it is certainly a valid artistic choice to arrange the music in such a manner, doing so has misled many a listener as to the nature of the original work in addition to depriving the world of hearing the two remaining variations from guardamf second set. Our website is made possible by displaying online advertisements to our visitors.


This way they could learn Narvaez “best of”-improvisations. Classical Guitar Skip to content.

Guárdame las vacas by Luys de Narváez –

An old song and we can look at it as an instrumental piece without getting mired into the feminist critique of the sexist text content. To make this musically interesting they improvised a lot of ornaments vacqs variations.

The professionals of course improvised as always. He may be wrong, of course, but my approach is based on the assumption that he got it right, whether this is valid or not. It consists of a set of variations on a Spanish folk theme. The third volume of the collection is dedicated exclusively to intabulations of works by other composers: I’m glad to see that I’m not the first to consider playing Guardame as a sort of musical conversation, and that someone else has not only considered it, but actually done it that way.

Changed some fingering in measures 30, 32, and 33 to match original tablature. If you can play Message in a Bottleyou shouldn’t have a problem with the fingering. What I’ve learned is that Narvaez wrote two sets of variations, the one with four, that everyone plays, and then another, the otra parte, with three more in a different key.

What do you think? Its basic structure consists of a repeating bass part [ 1 ] overlayed with a descant. Translates something like this; Keep the cows for me darling boy, and I will kiss you; or you kiss me and I will save the cows for you So guardmae meanings are rife with coquettish teases as well as male sexual bravado.


Variation 2 of first 4 strong statement 4. I’ve heard and read different versions of the text, the vscas with double meaning about the king tuardame the ladies of the court to his right hand gusrdame, which also could have been the joke. Reverted note additions to measures 30 and 33, leaving only notes occuring in original tablature. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

If you have trouble with the left-hand fingering for the scale run in measure 22, you’ll have to come up with an alternate fingering. Changed last Guarsame in first voice of measure 8 to use finger 4. Which one of the text versions was the source of inspiration to Narvaez remains us unknown. Rob MacKillop has a nice Guard my Cows on his website video section.

To my ears, the otra parte sounds better on the guitar in D minor, so I can understand Yepes’ choice. This version turns the whole thing around as it is spoken in a woman voice: Each should be treated as a separate set of variations and not as part of a single combined piece.

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