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Romanza - Complete Version
The subject of this lesson is the well-known anonymous piece, Romanza. This piece has already been published as a lesson on WholeNote (See lesson #1474 by Matt Blanton). However, the version I know is longer and slightly different, so I thought it was worth posting it here for comparison.
As well as being a beautiful piece of music, this also happens to be a great exercise for the left hand. It contains plenty of half and full barres (especially in the section given on page 2 of this lesson), and some big stretches for the left hand. You might find these hard to play at first, but they get easier with practice, and really help to increase left hand strength and flexibility.
The piece is in 3/4 time, with the arpeggiated notes in triplets. The first section, presented on this page, is in the key of E minor. It should be played at a moderate tempo - I think that if it is played too fast, the beauty of the melody is lost.
The left hand fingering is quite straightforward until bar 7, where you have to make a half barre* at the 5th fret. Be sure to play the C on the 1st string in bar 6 with the little finger of the left hand, so that your hand is in position ready to make the barre in bar 7 (this is easier than trying to shift position and make the barre all in one movement). This is followed by a full barre at the 7th fret in bar 9, and a big stretch of the little finger to reach the D# in bar 10 - this might be hard at first, but gets easier with practice.
* Alternatively, you could use a full barre instead of a half barre at the 5th fret here, playing the A in the bass on the 6th string instead of the 5th string. Some people prefer to play it this way, as they find it gives a smoother shift to the full barre at the 7th fret in bar 9. Try it both ways, and then stick with whichever is the most comfortable.
This first section of the piece can be played through either once or twice before playing the next part, given on page 2.