Tangos Falseta no.1 (Sheet Music/Tablature)

Here is the first falseta from Berto Boyd's Tangos entitled "Como al Aire" or (like the air). This falseta is played with the capo on the second fret in the tono "por medio". Let's have a closer look at what's happening technically and harmonically:

Measure 1: The falseta starts on a Dmin9 chord using an arpeggio with the m, i, and p fingers then goes to a Bbmaj7 in the same position. Note that at the end of the measure on beat four, the chords are put into parenthesis to indicate that it is more of a ghost note strum.

Measure 2: Here he plays a C chord (A shape at the 3rd fret)and notice that the thumb plays the 5th string but the middle finger plays a free stroke that drags over the 3rd and 4th string on the double stop notes. When he finally leaves the C chord to go to the Fmaj7 you'll hear how he uses a bit of a glissando (not notated) in the chord shift.

Measure 3-4: Here we have another arpeggio using the same fingers as the first measure (m,i,p), but then at the end of the measure on beat 4 he switches to an traditional a,m,i arpeggio for this campanella effect. In measure 4 he resolves to an A/G which is a third inversion A7 chord with the b7th (G) in the bass. A very Flamenco chord.

Measure 5-6: Recapitulation of the main theme which then has a second ending.

Measure 7-8: Measure 7 starts the same way as earlier in the piece except he does a different ending using p and i in the 32nd note remate. Pay close attention to the rhythm here as it goes double time. Measure 8 you'll see that this is a contratiempo that is essentially a 3 against 4 type of feel. It is a bit tricky getting to beat two when the i finger is on the down beat. I recommend practicing it slowly at half tempo to get the feel and then bring it up to tempo.

Good luck! BB
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