Bach J S - Toccata & Fugue tab

From: JaminBen@aol.com
Date: Tue, 12 Sep 1995 11:34:48 -0400
Subject: Toccata (and Fugue) in Dm


Toccata (and Fugue) in Dm
BWV 565
by Johann Sebastian Bach (the greatest composer who ever lived)


Submitted by:  Ben Pratt
jaminben@aol.com

I have seen a few transcriptions of this song in =

the Guitar/Tab directory, and I would like to =

submit my version.  Unlike the other transcriptions =

I have seen, this one is in Dm, but it is virtually =

impossible to play the Fugue in Dm, with the =

counterpoint, on the guitar, so this is simply the =

Toccata.  I was originally turned on to this piece =

by the obscure heavy metal band 'Cirith Ungol' who =

has a version of this song on their CD 'King of the =

Dead'.  My version is very similar to theirs, except =

that mine is for solo guitar whereas theirs was for =

two guitars and a bass. I think they also used an ebow, =

which gave the song a neat tone.  The piece is written =

in Common Time(4/4) and begins Adagio.  One thing to =

keep in mind is that adagio in the Baroque Period =

was faster than that in following eras, so it should =

be played at about 80bpm.  In measures six - eight, =

the rhythmic pattern is 16th triplet, 16th triplet, =

16th triplet, 16 duple, 16th triplet, 16th triplet, =

16th triplet, 16th duple.  It gives the section a very =

forced sound and adds to the feeling of solemnness =

that horror movie composers have liked for so long.  =

Measures 9-13 are the most difficult of the whole song.  =

I have tried tapping it, but it presents the problem of =

running up and needing to be picked at the beginning of =

each run with another finger.  If anyone can find an =

easier way to play it, please let me know.  Their are =

also 4 or 5 measures near the end that I did not include =

because it sounds very weak without both staves and is =

impossible to play without 2 guitars.  One other thing =

to keep in mind is that the rhythm sounds very broken =

because it is riddled with fermatas and other devices.
Instead of worrying about the time, play it how you =

think it should feel.  Oh yeah, drop the low E to a D.  =

I hope you enjoy it and I would appreciate any comments.





E--17--15--17---------15--13--12-------------------------|B---------------------------------15--14--15-------------|G--------------------------------------------------------|D--------------------------------------------------------|A--------------------------------------------------------|D--------------------------------------------------------|
E--------------------------------------------------------|B--10--8--10---------------------------------------------|G---------------------9----10----------------------------|D--------------------------------11----12----------------|A--------------------------------------------------------|D--------------------------------------------------------|
E--------------------------------------------------------|B--------------------------------------------------------|G--------------------------------------------------------|D--------------------------------------------------------|A--12--10--12--------10--8--7----------------------------|D------------------------------12--11--12----------------|
E--------------------------------------------------------|B--------------------------------------------------------|G------------------------------------6-----9-------------|D----------------------5-----8---------------------------|A--------4-----7-----------------------------------------|D--0-----------------------------------------------------|
E--2-----3----0----2-------------------------------------|B--3-----------------------------------------------------|G--2--------------------------------------------------6--|D--0-----------------------------------------------------|A--------------------------------------------------------|D--------------------------------------------------------|
E--------------------------------------------------------B-------------------------------------6--8--5--6--8--5--6G--7--9--6--7--9--6--7--9--6--7---9----------------------D--------------------------------------------------------A--------------------------------------------------------D--------------------------------------------------------
--------------------|--8--5--6---8-------|--------------------|--------------------|--------------------|--------------------|
E--------------------------------------------------------|B--10--11--8--10--11--8--10--11--8--10---------------14--|G--------------------------------------------------------|D--------------------------------------------------------|A--------------------------------------------------------|D--------------------------------------------------------|
E------------------------------------------------B--15--17--14--15--17--14--15--17--14--15---17---G------------------------------------------------D------------------------------------------------A------------------------------------------------D------------------------------------------------
-13--15--12--13--15--12--13--15--12--13---15--|----------------------------------------------|----------------------------------------------|----------------------------------------------|----------------------------------------------|----------------------------------------------|
E--17--18--15--17--18--15--17--18--15---17----17--|B-------------------------------------------------|G-------------------------------------------------|D-------------------------------------------------|A-------------------------------------------------|D-------------------------------------------------|
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E--15--18------15--18----------17----------17-----B----------17----------17--18------15--18------15-G-------------------------------------------------D-------------------------------------------------A-------------------------------------------------D-------------------------------------------------
------15----------15-----------------------------|--17----------17----------15--18------15--18-----|----------17----------17----------15----------15-|-------------------------------------------------|-------------------------------------------------|-------------------------------------------------|
E-------------------------------------------------B------17----------17----------15----------15-----G--17------14--17------14--15------12--15------12-D-------------------------------------------------A-------------------------------------------------D-------------------------------------------------
------------------------------------------------|------13----------13----------11---------11-----|--14----------14------10--12------9--12------9--|----------15------------------------------------|------------------------------------------------|------------------------------------------------|
E-----------------------------------------------B------10---------10--------8--------8----------G--10------7--10------7--9-----6--9-----6-------D-----------------------------------------------A-----------------------------------------------D-----------------------------------------------
------------6-----------------------------------|------------8-----------------------------------|------------6-----------------------------------|------------0-----------------------------------|------------------------------------------------|--0---------------------------------------------|
E--18--17--15---------------------------------B--------------18--17--15---------------------G--------------------------18--16--18--14--18-D---------------------------------------------A---------------------------------------------D---------------------------------------------
^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^-----15-13-15-13-15-13-15-13-12|-17----------------------------|-------------------------------|-------------------------------|-------------------------------|-------------------------------|
E--5----------------------------------------B--6----------------------------------------G--7----------------------------------------D--7----------------------------------------A--5----------------------------------------D-------------------------------------------
-------------------------15------|-15--17--18--15--17--18------17--|---------------------------------|---------------------------------|---------------------------------|---------------------------------|
E----------15--17------15--17--18--15--17-B------18----------18---------------------G-----------------------------------------D-----------------------------------------A-----------------------------------------D-----------------------------------------
-----15----------------------|-18------17--18--15--17--14--|-----------------------------|-----------------------------|-----------------------------|-----------------------------|
E-------------------------------------B--15---------------------------------G-------14--15--12--14------12--------D----------------------15------14--15-A-------------------------------------D-------------------------------------
-----------------------------|-----------------------------|------12---------------------|-12------14--15--12--14--11--|-----------------------------|-----------------------------|
E-------------------------------------B-------------------------------------G-------------------------------------D--12---7---8---5---7-------5---------A-----------------------8-------7---8-D-------------------------------------
-----------------------------|-----------------------------|-----------------------------|------5----------------------|--5-------7---8---5---7---4--|-----------------------------|
E--------------18--------------17---------B----------18------18------17------17-----G------15--------------14--------------12-D-----------------------------------------A--5--------------------------------------D-----------------------------------------
------15------------------17----------15------15------14--16--------------------------14----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------5---------------------------------------
E------------------------------|B------------------------------|G--3-----------2-----------0---|D--3-----------2-----------0---|A--------0---------------------|D--------------------5---------|
E--0------------18--------------17------------B--2--------18------18------17------17--------G--2----15--------------14--------------12----D--2------------------------------------------A--0------------------------------------------D---------------------------------------------
------15------------------17----------15------15------14--16--------------------------14----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------5---------------------------------------
E------------------------------|B------------------------------|G--3-----------2-----------0---|D--3-----------2-----------0---|A--------0---------------------|D--------------------5---------|
E--0------------------------------------------B--2------------------------------------------G--2---14--12---------------------------------D--2-----------15--14--12---------------------A--0-----------------------16--14--16--12--14-D---------------------------------------------
---------------------------------------------------------------------------12--14--12-------12--14--15---------------16-------------------------------------------------------
------------------------------|--------------------------14--|----------------------14------|--15--14--15--12--15----------|------------------------------|------------------------------|
E-------------------------------15--17--18----B--15-----------14--15--17--18----------------G-------14--16--------------------------------D---------------------------------------------A---------------------------------------------D---------------------------------------------
--------------------------------------0---------------------------------------------2---------------3-----------2-----------0-----2---------------3-----------2-----------0-----2---------5-----------0-----------------------0---------------------------------5-------------------
--------------18-------------|----------18------18---------|------15---------------------|-----------------------------|-----------------------------|-----------------------------|
E----------17--------------15-----------------B------17------17------15------15------14--16-G--14--------------12--------------14---------D---------------------------------------------A---------------------------------------------D---------------------------------------------
-17-----------------------------0---4--|--------------------------------2---3--|---------3-------2--------0-----2---4--|---------3-------2--------0-----2---3--|-----5-------0------------------0------|----------------------5----------------|
E--5--------------------------15---18-B--5----------------14---17-----------G--5------16---14---------------------D--5----------------------------------A--5----------------------------------D--5----------------------------------
-17--15-------------------------------18--17--18--17--15----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
--------------------------------------|--14--15------------------------------|----------17--15--14--12--------------|--------------------------15--14--12--|--------------------------------------|--------------------------------------|
E--3----------------0--------0--------|B--2----------------2--------3--------|G--3----------------2--------2--------|D--2----------------2--------3--------|A-------------------0--------0--------|D-------------------------------------|
E--3------------------------------------------|B--3-------------5----------------------------|G--3-------------6----------------------------|D--5-------------5----------------------------|A----------------0----------------------------|D------7-\-5--------------14--15--12--14--11--|
E-------------------------B-------------------------G-------------------------D-------------------------A-------------------------D--12--9--11--8--9--7--8--
----------0----1----1----0--|----------2----3----3----3--|----------2----2----2----2--|----------2----0----0----0--|----------0--------------0--|--6--7-------------------0--|
E--0----3----1----0----1-------------------|B--2-------------------3-------------------|G--2-------------------2-------------------|D--2-------------------0-------------------|A--0-------------------0-------------------|D----------------------0-------------------|
J.S.Bach: toccata and fugue in D-minor Parts from this famous piece arranged for guitar (solo, classical) So far three different arrangements were published at OLGA for this piece, this file contains many new elements compared to them. the arrangement is at several places for classical guitar at other places for solo-guitar. 0/ 0// /0 means repeat last bar //0 repeat last two bars
====================toccata===========================...6-5------------------5--865----586~8-5-6--6-----76-6--------7--0-------7---------7--4-----------------5-----------------------
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-------6--5---------------3---------8----86565----------5-------69----------7675------3----9-7----------------875---5--------------------------8754-----------------------------3---
==============fugue===============
-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5---8-6-5---------5-6-------------5------------7-6-7-------4-6-7-6-7------------------------7------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
this part is not very playable---10--10--10--10--10--10--10--10--10--10--10--10--10--10--10--10------13--11--10--------------10--11--------------------------10----10--11--12------12--11--12--------------9---11--12--11--12--------------------10--------------10--12--12--------------------------------------------13--12--13----------9---10--12--13--12--13--9----------------------------------------------------------------------
my favourite part:-----10------10--|11----11----|----8-------8---|10---10---|6---6---|9---9------11------11------|---8-----8--|10------10------|---6----6-|--8---8-|--5---5------12--12--12--12|--8--8--8--8|--10--10--10--10|--7-7--7-7|-9-9-9-9|-6-6-6--6----------12--12--|10-10-10-10-|10--10--10--10--|8--8-8--8-|8-8-8-8-|7-7-7-7----10--10----------|------------|----------------|----------|--------|---------------------------|------------|----------------|----------|--------|----------
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...from here in solo-guitar style-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------10----------10------9-------------------7--------------------1211...-----131211---11--131210913--9--108710-7--10----------------10---------12-------------10---------9-----131213-------------------------10------------8---------10-----------------
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--------------------------------------------------578...----------------------------------------------------8---------------------------------------------------------------------109107-----979-7--7-6-6-----------------5---75-------------------878-------10---8-7----532-75--875--875--87--------------------10---8----7----8754---5--87---8------------------arranged by Pinter Denes(dpinter@eik.bme.hu)
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