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Bach Johann Sebastian guitar tabs for Wtc prelude no 1

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Prelude no.1   by Johann Sebastian Bach
~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Retabulated by correction of 'Jurgen's' post.

Looking at the original piano score I noticed some disparities between it
and Jurgen's tabulation.  I have therefore attempted to correct it.
Also, the low A chord diagramE MajorE must be tuned down to D.

There may well be alternative positions that can be used so please don't
take what I've written as law!!!  Experiment...
Have fun.

David Atkinson (email: kaum0@central.susx.ac.uk).

It is Jurgen's from here on:

"
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". Every classically-trained pianist knows it, but it is
also a beautiful piece for guitar. It consists of a series of arpeggio's
and it should be played as smoothly as possible. Every measure must be
played twice, except for the last two (measures 34 and 35).
I jotted down this transcription a few years ago. I think it was in a
guitar-magazine in 1986 or 1987 or so and I didn't write down the names
of the transcriber and the magazine, so I hope I don't violate copyright-
laws with this posting. Well, here it comes:
                                                                       "
                             +--------------+
                             |  PRELUDE  #1 |
                             |  (J.S. Bach) |
                             +--------------+

Allegro

     A chord diagramC majorC                 Dm/C              G7/B              A chord diagramC majorC
 A chord diagramE MajorE |---------0-----0-|---------1-----1-|---------1-----1-|---------0-----0-|
 A chord diagramBB |-------1-----1---|-------3-----3---|-------3-----3---|-------1-----1---|
 A chord diagramG+G |-----0-----0-----|-----2-----2-----|-----0-----0-----|-----0-----0-----|
 A chord diagramD MajorD |---2-------------|---0-------------|---0-------------|---2-------------|
 A chord diagramA augmentedA |-3---------------|-3---------------|-2---------------|-3---------------|
 A chord diagramD MajorD |-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|

       II&V........
     Am/C              D/C               A chord diagramG/BG/B               A chord diagramC majorC
 A chord diagramE MajorE |---------5-----5-|-----------------|---------3-----3-|-----------------|
 A chord diagramBB |-------5-----5---|---------3-----3-|-------3-----3---|---------1-----1-|
 A chord diagramG+G |-----2-----2-----|-------2-----2---|-----0-----0-----|-------0-----0---|
 A chord diagramD MajorD |---2-------------|---0h4-----4-----|---0-------------|-----2-----2-----|
 A chord diagramA augmentedA |-3---------------|-3---------------|-2---------------|-2h3-------------|
 A chord diagramD MajorD |-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|

                                                          V................
    A chord diagramA minorAm                A chord diagramD7D7                A chord diagramG+G                 A chord diagramC#dim7C#dim7
 A chord diagramE MajorE |-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
 A chord diagramBB |---------1-----1-|-----------------|---------0-----0-|-----------------|
 A chord diagramG+G |-------0-----0---|---------5-----5-|-------0-----0---|---------6-----6-|
 A chord diagramD MajorD |-----2-----2-----|-----0-4-----4---|-----0-----0-----|-------5-----5---|
 A chord diagramA augmentedA |-0h3-------------|---0-------5-----|---2-------------|-----7-----7-----|
 A chord diagramD MajorD |-----------------|-0---------------|-5---------------|-5h8-------------|

                      III.............. II.&..V.........  I...............
    Dm/F              A chord diagramBdim7Bdim7             A chord diagramC/EC/E               A chord diagramFF
 A chord diagramE MajorE |-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|---------1-----1-|
 A chord diagramBB |---------3-----3-|-----------------|-----------------|-------1-----1---|
 A chord diagramG+G |-------2-----2---|---------4-----4-|---------5-----5-|-----2-----2-----|
 A chord diagramD MajorD |-----0-----0-----|-------3-----3---|-------5-----5---|-2h3-------------|
 A chord diagramA augmentedA |---0-------------|-----5-----5-----|-----3-----3-----|-----------------|
 A chord diagramD MajorD |-3---------------|-3h6-------------|-2h5-------------|-----------------|

    I................
    A chord diagramDm7Dm7               A chord diagramG7G7                A chord diagramC majorC                 A chord diagramC7C7
 A chord diagramE MajorE |---------1-----1-|---------1-----1-|---------0-----0-|---------0-----0-|
 A chord diagramBB |-------1-----1---|-------0-----0---|-------1-----1---|-------1-----1---|
 A chord diagramG+G |-----2-----2-----|-----0-----0-----|-----0-----0-----|---0h3-----3-----|
 A chord diagramD MajorD |-0-3-------------|---0-------------|---2-------------|-----------------|
 A chord diagramA augmentedA |-----------------|-----------------|-3---------------|-3---------------|
 A chord diagramD MajorD |-----------------|-5---------------|-----------------|-----------------|

    A chord diagramFmaj7Fmaj7             A chord diagramF#dim7F#dim7            A chord diagramBdim7Bdim7             What chord...?
 A chord diagramE MajorE |---------0-----0-|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
 A chord diagramBB |-------1-----1---|-------1-4---1-4-|-----0-----0-----|-----0-----0-----|
 A chord diagramG+G |-----2-----2-----|-----2-----2-----|-------5-8---5-8-|-------5-7---5-7-|
 A chord diagramD MajorD |---3-------------|-----------------|-----------------|---3-------------|
 A chord diagramA augmentedA |-----------------|---3-------------|---6-------------|-----------------|
 A chord diagramD MajorD |-3---------------|-4---------------|-5---------------|-6---------------|

     III.............
     A chord diagramG7G7                                                         _
 A chord diagramE MajorE |-----------------|                                         / \
 A chord diagramBB |---------3-----3-|                                          |
 A chord diagramG+G |-------4-----4---|  Jurgen missed this bar I think.    ____/
 A chord diagramD MajorD |---3h5-----5-----|
 A chord diagramA augmentedA |-----------------|
 A chord diagramD MajorD |-5---------------|

                       V..............                     V...............
     A chord diagramC/GC/G               G7sus             A chord diagramG7G7                F#dim7/G
 A chord diagramE MajorE |---------0-----0-|-----------------|---------1-----1-|-----------------|
 A chord diagramBB |-----------------|---------6-----6-|-------0-----0---|---------7-----7-|
 A chord diagramG+G |-------5-----5---|-------5-----5---|-----0-----0-----|-------5-----5---|
 A chord diagramD MajorD |-----5-----5-----|-----5-----5-----|---0-------------|-----7-----7-----|
 A chord diagramA augmentedA |---3-------------|---5-------------|-----------------|---6-------------|
 A chord diagramD MajorD |-5---------------|-5---------------|-5---------------|-5---------------|

    V.................................                    III..............
    A chord diagramC/GC/G               G7sus             A chord diagramG7G7                A chord diagramC7C7
 A chord diagramE MajorE |-----------------|-----------------|---------1-----1-|-----------------|
 A chord diagramBB |---------8-----8-|---------6-----6-|-------0-----0---|---------5-----5-|
 A chord diagramG+G |-------5-----5---|-------5-----5---|-----0-----0-----|-------3-----3---|
 A chord diagramD MajorD |-----5-----5-----|-----5-----5-----|---0-------------|-----5-----5-----|
 A chord diagramA augmentedA |---7-------------|---5-------------|-----------------|-3-3-------------|
 A chord diagramD MajorD |-5---------------|-5---------------|-5---------------|-----------------|

            I...........                III.......................
    A chord diagramF/CF/C                                 G7/B            A chord diagramG/BG/B             A chord diagramC majorC
 A chord diagramE MajorE |-----------1-----------------------|-----------------------------------|
 A chord diagramBB |---------1---1----1----------------|---------3-6-3---3---------------1-|
 A chord diagramG+G |-------2-------2----2---2----------|-------4-------4---4---4---------0-|
 A chord diagramD MajorD |-----3----------------3---3p0-3p0--|---5-5---------------5-----3-2p0-2-|
 A chord diagramA augmentedA |-3-3-------------------------------|-3-----------------------5-------3-|
 A chord diagramD MajorD |-----------------------------------|-----------------------------------|

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