Spanish Romance - Basic Membership


Spanish Romance is without a doubt one of the most iconic pieces in the classical guitar repertoire. Its history has been speckled with conjecture as to who actually wrote that piece.

At various times it has been attributed to Antonio Rubira, David del Castillo,[1] Francisco Tárrega, Fernando Sor, Daniel Fortea, Miguel Llobet, Antonio Cano, Vicente Gómez and Narciso Yepes! (sourced from Wikipedia).I think it's easier just for it to remain anonymous! From a compositional point of view the piece is in Binary form starting out in E-minor and then modulate to the tonic major.


Technically speaking the piece is not too difficult yet is a beautifully written piece with an unforgettable melody. A single pattern in the right hand is used throughout the piece and with the exception of a couple of difficult stretches in the B section the piece is not overly challenging for the left hand either. My first guitar teacher taught me a couple of variations which I have included in this transcription.

  • The first is a slightly different series of bass notes at the end of the A section.
  • The second is a coda that incorporates a series of artificial harmonics played over a F#-minor chord followed by an E-major chord. Finally culminating in 3 artificial harmonics on the 1st string pitched at one octave, then an octave+5th, then 2 octaves.

Let your fingers fly!

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