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Schubert's Impromptu In E-flat Major

Allen Nelson (991) · [archive]
Style: Classical · Level: Advanced · Tempo: 200
Pages: 1 2 3

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 tempo.

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 without pause.

Have fun, and congratulate yourself for learning a difficult classical piece!
Schubert's Impromptu In E-flat Major