Bourrée in E minor BWV 996 - Basic Membership


Bach wrote many pieces for lute including the Bourrée in E-minor which is especially popular amongst guitarists. The song is in simple binary form which means I was able to sneak the entire tutorial into a single and relatively short video!

I first learned this piece many years ago when I was still quite new to the guitar. From memory I learned it going into my second year of guitar study after watching Yngwie Malmsteen play it during a concert on television.

This is a great example of contrapuntal writing whereby 2 distinct melodic lines play simultaneously. When playing it's important to keep the lines separate where required and not to let one overpower the other.

Let your fingers fly!