Dec. 3-Dec.9: Guitar vs Piano

Isaac Albeniz is a spanish composer who lived from 1860-1909.  Many of his compositions became major works for the guitar, though he never composed for the instrument.  Asturias (Leyenda) is popular piece which is performed on piano as well as guitar.  A few challenges of this piece include some tricky leaps which must be played accurately without changing the rhythm (slowing down or stopping) as well as repeated notes.  Both the piano and guitar versions are included for your enjoyment!

I. Albeniz, Asturias (Leyenda)


  • Which version do you prefer and why?
  • What do you think would be some important things to keep in mind when playing fast repeated notes or gigantic leaps?


  • Set your metronome at 80 bpm.  How many repeated notes can you play per beat while maintaining clarity and evenness?
  • Try playing some leaps on your piano.  What is the biggest leap you can consistently play accurately?