Wow thanks! I've been meaning to look more into spanish fandango. There's a related group of european pieces titled retraite espagnol. Also thanks for the C. Eulenstein piece, another composer I've been meaning to look more into.DonaldSauter wrote: ↑Wed Sep 13, 2017 8:09 pmI've added a batch of pieces in another popular tuning of the era: D G d g b d'. This is the tuning for the so-called "Spanish Fandango" that was the Spanish Romance of the 19th Century. The piece and the tuning lived on in American folk guitar. Peter Danner, in an old Soundboard article, speculated this piece came about from Americans diddling with a European piece called Bolero, by Luigi Castellacci.
Besides the Spanish Fandango, there's the Spanish March, which you might know. In addition to original works, there are arrangements of Blue Bells of Scotland, Nearer My God To Thee, and Home, Sweet Home. Retune once, and you get all of that!
As always, no claim that the music is of the absolute highest sophistication, but, hey, it's a lot of fun, and it's the American guitarist's heritage. Also, good reading practice, and some tough or tricky spots that will make you a better guitarist. For example, see The Merry Makers for a good study for controlled strums with the i finger.)
http://donaldsauter.com/american-guitar ... unings.htm
Hi Donald, I'm copying my reply from the other thread just in case.DonaldSauter wrote: ↑Sun Sep 17, 2017 5:25 pmThanks, very interesting! I've also fired up a couple of versions of "Retraite Espagnol" on youtube. Yes, they share lots of characteristics with "Spanish Fandango" and other open tuning guitar pieces that I thought were strictly 19th C. American. It'd be fun to find out I've been wrong about that. Can you supply any history of "Retraite Espagnol"-type European guitar pieces? Is there a connection going back to the 19th century?
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