Song: Fransisco Tarrega

Tárrega is one of the big names in the classic guitar world. He composed 78 works specifically for guitar and transcribed one 120 other pieces for classical guitar. Tárrega belonged to the romantic period, and his musical works are strongly influenced by that period. Lagrima is one of the most memorable pieces of Tárrega. The story says that Tárrega wrote the work in London around 1881 when he was homesick. He was really bothered of the weather in London, the fog and the English language. He wrote this highly dramatic song after encouragement from his friends who saw how low in spirit he was. The name of the song gives an idea on how to play and interpred the song. Lagrima means tears. Another story says that Tárrega composed the song when he returned from a tour to Majorca in December 1891 and heard that his daughter had died three days earlier. I do not know which story is right, but more often I have heard the previous one.


The song is only 16 rhythm and its form is AABBA. A part of the song and the first eight measures are in E-major and the B part in E-moll. Although Lagrima is not an extremely difficult to play, it calls for frequent runs up and down the guitar neck and you really need to pay attention to your fingerings to play legato. It is necessary to use a guide finger to steer the right hand while attempting to minimize the noise generated when the finger is slid along the bass strings. Also, make sure that the repeated B note does not sound to loud so it doesn´t drown th melody. Sometimes, for example, you could use apoyando keystrokes to emphasize the melody. It is important to play this song with a feeling. Try to play rubato here and there, or vibrato, apreggiate the chord, play cresando, etc.