Posted by: Glenelg Guitar Studio | July 30, 2017


This is a famous piece that I’m sure everyone has heard at one time and most students of classical guitar will learn.

Canarios was composed by Francisco Bartolomé Sanz Celma (April 4, 1640 – 1710), better known as Gaspar Sanz. He was a composer, guitarist, organist and priest born to a wealthy family in Calanda, Spain. He studied music, theology and philosophy at the University of Salamanca, where he was later appointed Professor of Music. He wrote three volumes of works for the baroque guitar that form an important part of today’s classical guitar repertoire and have informed modern scholars in the techniques of baroque guitar playing.

Canarios” is actually a dance piece, therefore the rhythm comes to the fore as you will see in the video. I’m sure you will recognise this piece, which is worthy of study by students of grade 2 standard and above. It can be simplified when learning by firstly learning the bass line and adding to that achievement and can be played on Steel-string or Electric Guitar.

Make sure to play the second video to see the way it should be danced. Maybe the music will make you want to get up and dance, or at least tap your feet.

If you want more information on this piece let me know next time we catch up.


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