Asturias Guitar Lesson (SUPER EASY Version) + TAB

Asturias Guitar Lesson (SUPER EASY Version) + TAB

Asturias Guitar Lesson (SUPER EASY Version) + TAB

About This Easy Asturias Guitar Tab:

 Isaac Albéniz was one of the most important Spanish composers of his time. In addition, his skills as a pianist and composer earned him critical acclaim. Albeniz never actually wrote a piece for the guitar, but arrangements of his music are staples of the guitar repertoire.

In particular, Asturias (Leyenda) is one of the most famous and beloved music for classical guitar. The piece draws from Andalusian flamenco traditions. Though it was written for piano, it is rumored that Albeniz preferred Tarrega’s guitar arrangement.

Important: Get your Handy PDF Download Of This Easy Asturias Guitar TAB:

Click this link to get a print friendly version of this sheet music for your music stand.

 This easy Asturias guitar tab arrangement is simplified and shortened, suitable for beginners. I hope it allows you to play a fair version of this exciting music.

Check out the video above for a tab play-through and a performance of the music. Also, stay tuned for five helpful tips on how to play this easy music for classical guitar. Don’t forget to download a free PDF of the Asturias tab and sheet music that goes with this lesson (see the link in the yellow box above to access).

See below for some handy tips for getting this easy Asturias guitar arrangement under your fingers (relevent sections from the video are indicated in green.)

Easy Asturias Guitar Tip 1 (see video at 2:30):

Decide your right-hand fingering early. When you practice, your brain connects with the muscles you used for the task. Repetition builds strong neural pathways, making the action more natural.

This connection is called muscle memory. Muscle memory accumulates every time you practice, which is why practice improves our playing. On the other hand, habits are harder to break than they are to build, so we must learn and repeat the correct actions as soon as possible.

Play all the bass notes with your thumb, and play the high notes with a different finger.

The right-hand fingering in the free PDF is labelled according to standard practice.


Asturias Guitar Tip 2 (3:20):

We make certain technique choices to help us play the music more effortlessly; other choices are more stylistic and add character to the music. Sometimes these factors are both taken into consideration, or sometimes they conflict.

Speaking of which, at the end of the piece, in measure 17, we can use a thumb brush stroke or thumb rest stroke to brush across both Es on beat 1. You can do this easily by tilting your right hand forward, with knuckles closer to the ground.


The thumb stroke is more efficient than moving the right hand to pluck both strings with other fingers (for example, i and m). It also gives you a loud and round guitar tone – perfect for the drama in Asturias.

Asturias Guitar Tip 3 (3:58):

Moving on to left-hand fingering choices – check out measure 9 (the same as measures 10, 13 and 14).

In particular, the last two bass notes: B (fret 9, string 4) and F# (fret 9, string 5). A beginner might automatically reach for the B with their third finger, only to have to hop to the F# soon after with the same finger.


Classical Guitar Asturias - Measure 9

Instead, use your pinky for the second last bass note in measure 9. Using the pinky for the B note means seamlessly finding the F# with your third finger without an extra jump.

This kind of economy of motion makes you play more efficiently. Effectively you will be moving slower yet playing at the same tempo.

Asturias Guitar Tip 4 (4:52):

You can make a more advanced left-hand fingering choice in measure 15. Check out the first two bass notes: B (fret 7, string 6) and A (fret 7, string 4). 

Asturias Guitar Tabs Measure 15

You may find it challenging to leap between the B and the A in time, so instead, you can try a half-barre with your index finger in measure 15. Do this by flattening your index finger to press fret 7 across the bass strings.

If this feels too difficult, you can hop or use your middle finger instead. Practice the technique and incorporate it into the piece later since it can make the transition between the two notes sound more fluid.

Asturias Guitar Tip 5 (5:35):

Use a metronome. Turn on your metronome as soon as possible. It will help develop your ear and your sense of rhythm. It can also be a fun way to measure your improvement.

Asturias Leyenda Classical Guitar - Metronome

Keep it slow! Slow enough that you are entirely or mostly on track. If you are not sure how slow, go slower. Relax into playing the notes evenly. As a beginner, set the metronome to tick for every beat you play. Accent the first beat of every bar if you need help staying in time. 

Asturias Guitar Tip 6 (6:26):

Remember, the melody is in the bass. So try to play only the bass notes to hear the main theme. As you do this, think about its direction, phrasing, and dynamics. Try to make it your own. This step of interpreting the music goes beyond technique, but it is best to start early. A cue that has always helped me is, “think like a singer”.


Further Resources:

Reminder: Get your PDF Download Of This Version Of Classical Guitar Asturias Sheet Music:

Click this link now to get a print friendly version for FREE.

OK! I hope you had fun learning this beginner Asturias guitar arrangement and that the tips were helpful. Remember! Don’t give up or expect things too quickly! Instead, set aside a little time daily and have fun while practicing. You will have the song under your fingers in no time.

Leave a comment below: what did YOU think of this easy Asturias guitar tab? I would love to get your thoughts and feedback…

About The Author: Sara Wazani (B.Mus)

About The Author: Sara Wazani (B.Mus)

FretDojo Instructor and Expert Guitarist

From playing in chamber ensembles to teaching pop songs or jamming with local rock groups, Sara Wazani is a diverse professional guitarist and an encouraging expert instructor. Her travels across Europe and the Middle East eventually led her to Vancouver, Canada, where she received generous scholarships to complete her B.Mus. degree. She studied classical guitar performance with Hanh Nguyen at the Vancouver Academy of Music.​

Sara loves music because it connects us on a different level than anything else. It can show us ourselves and others and give us an endless sense of discovery.

How to Play the Travis Fingerpicking Pattern

How to Play the Travis Fingerpicking Pattern

How to Play the Travis Fingerpicking Pattern

In this episode, I cover how to play the Travis fingerpicking pattern in detail.

This is one of the most common guitar fingerstyle patterns to learn, and features in many classic songs such as Dust In The Wind by Kansas.

Funny enough the guitar part for this song was written originally as a guitar fingerpicking exercise – so makes for not just an awesome song but also a good technique builder too.

What this episode covers:

  • How to build up the Travis picking pattern step by step
  • How to adapt the picking pattern to different chords and to change smoothly from chord to chord

Learning this pattern will enable you to play many acoustic fingerstyle songs so I very much hope you enjoy learning this one and that you find this video useful.

Standard Travis fingerpicking pattern:

standard travis pattern

Whilst easy to play once your hands have worked out what to do, this pattern is not very intuitive to learn. Click here to get the pdf of the step by step exercises to develop this pattern as outlined in the video.

Handy resources

Dust In The Wind by Kansas is a great study of this technique. It’s always important to apply an exercise to an actual song that you make music out of and this one is a great song for any fingerstyle guitarist’s repertoire.

It really helps to have an accurate chart for a more complex song like this, so here is a link to where you can buy the sheet music inexpensively. I have tried free TABS and so on for this song but this sheet music is well worth the investment as it is much more accurate.


Thanks for reading and watching! Please let me know what you think by leaving a comment and if you have any more tips you can offer for learning this song or the techniques covered.

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Guitar Technique Builder: Spider Exercise

Guitar Technique Builder: Spider Exercise

Guitar Technique Builder: Spider Exercise

In this episode, I show you how to the infamous spider exercise on guitar, one of the best left hand technique builders I’ve come across. It’s one of those exercises that is very efficient to practice as it works on a lot of aspects of left hand technique simultaneously.

It’s not an easy technique to master (anything worth going for in life usually isn’t easy!) but it is well worth the investment. Trust me :) I spent 2 weeks at one point exclusively focussing on this technique and my coordination and agility of my left hand increased drastically as a direct result.

Below is the exercise notated in music and TAB, check out the video for all the details on how to do this one properly.

Thanks for reading and I hope this exercise helps your playing as much as it did mine. Let me know how you go with this one by leaving a comment below – I read all the comments. Also, if you would like to see something, in particular, explained in a future episode, feel free to get in touch ( 


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