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Schubert's Impromptu In E-flat Major
Schubert wrote this piece for piano. It's called an "impromptu" because its supposed
to sound like it was made up on the spot. So keep that in mind when you play it; it
should be played freely and happily, and generally retaining a constant, quick
This transcription is intended for pick-style playing, which is what I play, but
fingerstyle should of course work. Bass notes can be added in if you play classical
style, but I don't include them here. Furthermore, I don't think they'd be very
possible farther along in the piece, where modularizing and key-changing occur.
The original piece is written in E-flat, but of course actually writing it in E-flat for
the guitar would stop me from using the open strings, which I do farther along. So,
if you would like to play the piece in the key it was written in, you should tune all the strings one half-step
down, putting the guitar in E flat tuning.
What I have in this lesson is in 3 parts, which comprise the first section of the
original piece (roughly). It is a fairly long piece, about 4.5 minutes, but I hope
eventually to transcribe the whole thing. The first part, here, should be played with
all alternate picking. It leads directly into the next part, as do all of the sections in
this lesson, so once you learn all three parts, you should play them in sequence
Have fun, and congratulate yourself for learning a difficult classical piece!