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.



  1. Hi Leigh, Thanks for keeping me in the loop. I have kept on with guitar and now have an Ibanez steel string electric/acoustic. I am extending my range and adding chords to my practice. Am also now working to a metronome. At present I am attending WEA for singing lessons, I did the beginners course and now attending the advanced class. I think my next move is a course on reading music and then perhaps back for more guitar. I have really been bitten by the music bug and am also joining a Capella choir.

    My goal is still singing and playing “Wish you Were Here” and hopefully will achieve it sometime this year.



    • Hi John,
      Great to hear from you and congratulations on keeping on with your music learning.
      Look forward to hearing from you again and maybe see you in a “More Guitar” course at the WEA.
      All the best John.

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