DATING BACK TO THE 16TH CENTURY,
“El Noi de la Mare” is a traditional Spanish/
Catalonian folk melody. This beautiful song
has truly stood the test of time. It was
arranged for solo guitar by the great Spanish
guitarist Miguel Llobet (1878-1938),
and can most recently be heard in the
Woody Allen film Vicky, Christina, Barcelona.
This arrangement is a great example of
what I call reduction harmony, suggesting
“less is more.” The principle harmonic tones
are key in the support of the melody. This
approach usually makes the solo guitar more
functional to play. Here are some key ideas
to consider when learning this work:
Start with a standard D major chord on
fingertips, with a relaxed and balanced left
hand. Lead the first-string melody with the left hand pinky until the fifth-position A
major chord change dictates a position shift.
Continue leading the first-string melody
with the pinky.
The second half of bar 3 places an A/C#
voicing, holding the fifth string C# with the
left-hand middle finger. To carry the last
two melodic tones of the measure (the B
and C# on the first string with the pinky)
will be very difficult. Focus on a “silent
release” of the fifth-string C# when making
In bar 4 we have an example of chord
anticipation. The fifth-string E on the 7th
fret is under the barre and suspends the
chord tone, but is not played until the second
beat. This suspension must carry for
the full quarter-note. You can place this E
in your initial set up of the Bm chord at the
downbeat of the measure.
Be careful of the left-hand movement in
bar 7. In my adaptation, I have the harmonized
melodic voice crossing strings. I use the right
hand mand a fingers all the way through here.
The big G chord in measure 9 (and also
the re-voiced G chord at measure 15) is
played across the soundboard with the p, i,
m, and a fingers. Feel free to slightly roll the
chord sound, but remember the melody is
on the first string. Bring attention to this
high D with the right hand 3rd finger (a)
The last measure demonstrates a touch
harmonic technique. To pull this off, create
a “gun” out of your right hand, and anchor
the hand on a non-adjacent string with your
thumb. Use the flesh of your extended right
hand index fingertip over the 17th fret A
octave, and trigger the note with your right
hand ring (a) finger.
To get an idea of performance style, I
have recorded a video of this piece and
posted it on my Web site at: www.serenadeduo.com. Hope you enjoy it! —Gerry Saulter
Gerry Saulter is a classical guitarist who has
performed across the globe as a soloist and chamber
musician. He is on faculty at Five Towns
College, New York as Associate Professor of
Guitar Studies, and is the Director of Private
Instruction of the Music Division.
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