Barcarola - Agustin Barrios Mangore

Barcarola - Agustin Barrios Mangore


Agustin Barrios Mangore was a guitarist & composer extraordinaire from Paraguay. He was a prolific writer and thankfully many of his works were rescued from obscurity by the tireless workhorse John Williams.

The piece itself is in the style of the Barcarole sung by the gondoliers of Venice and although this piece is written in 3/4 the standard time signature for a barcarolla is 6/8.

My arrangement has complete fingering suggestions for both hands and video tutorial(s) to guide you through the piece from beginning to end.

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Barcarola by the Paraguayan guitar great Agustín Barrios Mangoré is taken from the Grade 7 Trinity College of London pieces book (1986 - 1989). It has the following tuning:

1 = E

2 = B

3 = G

4 = D

5 = A

6 = D


Mangoré was well-versed in many compositional styles and it shows through in this carefully measured piece that reflects not only the rhythm of the gondoliers stroke but also the beautiful sonorities that are possible on the guitar.

From a technical perspective acciacatura, arrastre, natural & artificial harmonics are all found within the piece and never seem contrived or out of place.


- Pick natural harmonics with the right-hand near the bridge for increased punch and clarity

- play smoothly and keep a steady rhythmic pulse

- use acciactura to mimic the movement of the paddle through the water

- try to find artificial harmonic points by using the rosette or the end of fretboard as a guide