Johann Sebastian Bach - Bwv 846 - Prelude 1 In C tab

E-|---Prelude No 1 in C----------------------------|A-|---Author:-JSBach-------------------------------|D-|---Transcription-by:Christian Liang-------------|G-|---E-Mail:christian.liang@gmail.com-------------| B-|---http://www.chrisliang.com--------------------|E-|---Enjoy!---------------------------------------|
BWV 846 - Prelude No 1 in C - Well Tempered Clavier Book I I have included the left (LH) and right (RH) hand fingering. p = pulgar = thumb i = indice = index m = medio = middle a = anular = ring
[1] e|---------0-----0-|---------1-----1-|---------1-----1-|B|-------1-----1---|-------3-----3---|-------3-----3---|G|-----0-----0-----|-----2-----2-----|-----0-----0-----|D|---2-------------|---0-------------|---0-------------|A|-3---------------|-3---------------|-2---------------|E|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
LH 3 2 1 1 3 2 4 1 2 4 1 2 4 1 4 1 RH p p i m a i m a p p i m a i m a p p i m a i m a
[4] * II e|---------0-----0-|---------4-----4-|-----------------|B|-------1-----1---|-------4-----4---|---------3-----3-|G|-----0-----0-----|-----2-----2-----|-------2-----2---|D|---2-------------|---2-------------|---0^4-----4-----|A|-3---------------|-3---------------|-3---------------|E|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
LH 3 2 1 1 2 1 1 4 4 1 4 4 2 4 1 3 4 1 3 RH p p i m a i m a p p i m a i m a p i m a i m a
[7]e|---------3-----3-|-----------------|-----------------|B|-------3-----3---|---------1-----1-|---------1-----1-|G|-----0-----0-----|-------0-----0---|-------0-----0---|D|---0-------------|-----2-----2-----|-----2-----2-----|A|-2---------------|-2^3-------------|-0^3-------------|E|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
LH 1 3 4 3 4 2h3 2 1 2 1 3 2 1 2 1 RH p p i m a i m a p i m a i m a p i m a i m a
[10]e|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|B|---------1-----1-|---------0-----0-|---------2-----2-|G|-------2-----2---|-------0-----0---|-------0-----0---|D|-----0-----0-----|-----0-----0-----|-----2-----2-----|A|---0-------------|---2-------------|---1-------------|E|-2---------------|-3---------------|-3---------------|
LH 2 3 1 3 1 4 3 4 1 3 2 3 2 RH p p i m a i m a p p i m a i m a p p i m a i m a
[13]e|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|B|---------3-----3-|---------0-----0-|---------1-----1-|G|-------2-----2---|-------0-----0---|-------0-----0---|D|-----0-----0-----|---0^3-----3-----|-----2-----2-----|A|---0-------------|-----------------|---3-------------|E|-1---------------|-1---------------|-0---------------|LH 1 3 4 3 4 1 3 3 3 2 1 2 1 RH p p i m a i m a p i m a i m a p p i m a i m a
[16]e|---------1-----1-|---------1-----1-|---------1-----1-|B|-------1-----1---|-------1-----1---|-------0-----0---|G|-----2-----2-----|-----2-----2-----|-----0-----0-----|D|-2^3-------------|-0^3-------------|---0-------------|A|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|E|-----------------|-----------------|-3---------------|
LH 2^3 2 1 1 3 2 1 1 2 1 1 3 1 1 RH p i m a i m a p i m a i m a p p i m a i m a
[19] e|---------0-----0-|---------0-----0-|---------0-----0-|B|-------1-----1---|-------1-----1---|-------1-----1---|G|-----0-----0-----|---0^3-----3-----|-----2-----2-----|D|---2-------------|-----------------|---3-------------|A|-3---------------|-3---------------|-----------------|E|-----------------|-----------------|-1---------------|
LH 3 2 1 1 3 4 1 4 1 1 4 3 2 3 2 RH p p i m a i m a p i m a i m a p p i m a i m a
[22]II III IIIe|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|B|---------4-----4-|---------3-----3-|---------3-----3-|G|-------2-----2---|-------5-----5---|-------4-----4---|D|-----4-----4-----|-----3-----3-----|---3^5-----5-----|A|---3-------------|---5-------------|-----------------|E|-2---------------|-3---------------|-3---------------|
LH 1 2 3 2 4 3 2 4 1 3 1 4 1 1 4 1 1 1 3 2 1 3 2 1 RH p p i m a i m a p p i m a i m a p i m a i m a
[25] ** e|---------0-----0-|---------1-----1-|---------1-----1-|B|-------1-----1---|-------1-----1---|-------0-----0---|G|-----0-----0-----|-----0-----0-----|-----0-----0-----|D|---2-------------|---0-------------|---0-------------|A|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|E|-3---------------|-3---------------|-3---------------|
LH 3 2 1 1 3 1 1 1 1 4 2 2 RH p p i m a i m a p p i m a i m a p p i m a i m a
[28]Ie|---------2-----2-|---------3-----3-|---------1-----1-|B|-------1-----1---|-------1-----1---|-------1-----1---|G|-----2-----2-----|-----0-----0-----|-----0-----0-----|D|---1-------------|---2-------------|---0-------------|A|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|E|-3---------------|-3---------------|-3---------------|
LH 4 1 3 1 2 3 1 2 3 2 1 4 1 4 3 1 1 1 1 RH p p i m a i m a p p i m a i m a p i m a i m a
[31] III Ie|---------1-----1-|----------------------------1------|B|-------0-----0---|---------5-----5----------1---1---1|G|-----0-----0-----|-------3-----3----------2-------2--|D|---0-------------|-----5-----5----------3------------|A|-----------------|-3-3--------------3-3--------------|E|-3---------------|-----------------------------------|
LH 3 1 1 1 1 3 1 4 3 1 4 3 3 4 2 1 1 1 2 1 RH p p i m a i m a p p i m a i m a p p p i m a m i m
[33]e|-------------------------1---------------------------|B|---------------------0-3---3-0-3-0---0----------1----|G|-2---2-------------0---------------0------------0----|D|---3---3-0-3-0-------------------------0-3-2-0--2----|A|---------------3-2------------------------------3----|E|-----------------------------------------------------|
LH 2 4 3 4 4 3 2 4 1 4 4 3 2 RH i p i p p p p p p i m m a m m i m i m p p p p WWW.CHRISLIANG.COM "Prelude #1 was originally written as an exercise for Bach's students and is probably one of the most famous preludes from "The Well-Tempered Clavier". In this exercise you can explore more on the plucking pattern "ppimaima" and how to make your guitar flow. Technique: For the Right hand, it is pretty straight forward "ppimaima" going at a constantly speed. ppimaima consists of 8 successive notes plucked from the fingers. You cannot play this song with a pick no matter how awesome you are. For the Left hand, it takes some practise. Since this is a piano piece, it translates onto the guitar fairly kindly except for 2 monster chords I have marked in asterisk. Make absolutely sure you suspend the first 2 bass notes at all times. Tip: Prelude consists of a series of arpeggio's. You now know arpeggios and patterns like "ppimaima" go together. Explore further by playing any chords you like with appreggios.
--------------------------------------Difficult Areas for the Left Hand--------------------------------------* II e|---------4-----4-|B|-------4-----4---|G|-----2-----2-----|D|---2-------------|A|-3---------------|E|-----------------|
Take note of the pinky. It bars the last 2 treble strings. -------------------------------------- **
e|---------1-----1-|---------2-----2-|B|-------0-----0---|-------1-----1---|G|-----0-----0-----|-----2-----2-----|D|---0-------------|---1-------------|A|-----------------|-----------------|E|-3---------------|-3---------------|
LH 4 2 2 4 1 3 1 2 3 1 2 RH p p i m a i m a p p i m a i m a The first bar seems awkward but it sets up for the 2nd difficult bar nicely.
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