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Adagio from Rodrigo's Concerto for Guitar - Aranjuez

This is one of my favorite pieces of music ever and to play it on a ukulele is such fun. This amazing arrangement is by Colin Tribe. It really shows what the ukulele is capable of.


The Concierto de Aranjuez , "Aranjuez Concerto") is a concerto for classical guitar by the Spanish composer Joaquin Rodrigo. Written in 1939, it is by far Rodrigo's best-known work, and its success established his reputation as one of the most significant Spanish composers of the 20th century. To be able to play it on the ukulele is no mean feat. It is one of those pieces that everyone seems to know and love. The main challenge when playing it on the ukulelre is getting the chords to ring out whilst maintaining a nice legato feel on the melody. There are some fairly challenging stretches in the piece aswell. I recorded this piece a few years ago for my debut album 'My, My Ukulele and I' but I did it on a high G tuning. I had wanted to re do it with a low G tuning for ages and have finally got round to it. I use my Flight Fireball Ukulele. I must say that I love this piece on both High G and Low G but it perhaps has a little more depth on low G. If anyone wants to purchase the Tab it is available from Colin Tribe direct. I highly recommend it - although brace yourself for some hard work !


The piece also means a lot to me as it was one of the pieces that I chose to perform for my Diploma on the ukulele which I did through the VCM (Victoria College of Music). I hope you enjoy the video.




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