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BMV 999 Prelude

#----------------------------------PLEASE NOTE--------------------------------#
#This file is the author's own work and represents their interpretation of the#
#song. You may only use this file for private study, scholarship, or research.#
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From: kevins@ornews.intel.com (Kevin Smith)

Last week someone asked for the tab for Bach's Prelude from BMV 999
(Praelude in C moll pour la Lute di J S Bach).  It is one of Bach's
most popular pieces for guitar.  It was originally in Cm, but is
trans-posed to Dm for guitar.  I like to play it brisk and flowing
with a slight accent on the the base notes.  It is in 3/4 time;
the |'s represent 8th notes.  Let me know if you find any mistakes.

***********************************************************************
left-hand fingering added + last note in measure 42 corrected
Vincenzo Chiaravalle - 10 September 2001 - vincenzochiaravalle@yahoo.it
***********************************************************************
see below tab for an alternative way of playing it with a dampened bass
Erik Wernersson - 23 August 2003 - erik.wernersson@telia.com
***********************************************************************


Prelude, BMV 999                             Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)

I use a picking pattern of : 
   p i m a m i m i p i p m     or
   p i m a m i m i p i p i


1 |  |   |   |   |   |     |   |   |   |   |   |     |   |   |   |   |   |       
E-------5-----------------|-------5-----------------|-------6-----------------|
B-----6---6---6-----------|-----6---6---6-----------|-----8---8---8-----------|
G---7-------7---7---7---7-|---7-------7---7---7---7-|---7-------7---7---7---7-|
D-0---------------7-------|-0---------------7-------|-0---------------8---5---|
A---------------------8---|---------------------8---|-------------------------|
E-------------------------|-------------------------|-------------------------|
  0 3 2 1 2 3 2 3 2 3 4 3                             0 2 4 1 4 2 4 2 3 2 1 2


4 |   |   |   |   |   |     |   |   |   |   |   |     |   |   |   |   |   |       
|-------6-----------------|-------3-----------------|-------3-----------------|
|-----8---8---8-----------|-----5---5---5-----2---2-|-----5---5---5------2--2-|
|---7-------7---7---7---7-|---6-------6---6-3---0---|---6-------6---6--3---0--|
|-0---------------8---5---|-0-----------------------|-0-----------------------|
|-------------------------|-------------------------|-------------------------|
|-------------------------|-------------------------|-------------------------|
                            0 4 3 1 3 4 3 4_4 3 0 3


7 |   |   |   |   |   |     |   |   |   |   |   |    BI...............      
|-------1-----------------|-------1-----------------|-------1-----------------|
|-----3---3---3-----------|-----3---3---3-----------|-----3---3---3-----------|
|---2-------2---2---2---2-|---2-------2---2---2---2-|---2-------2---2---2---2-|
|-0---------------3---0---|-----------------3---0---|-----------------3---0---|
|-------------------------|-3-----------------------|-1-----------------------|
|-------------------------|-------------------------|-------------------------|
  0 2 4 1 4 2 4 2 3 2 0 2   3                         1


10    |   |   |   |   |     |   |   |   |   |   |     |   |   |   |   |   |       
|-------1-----------------|-------1-----------------|-------1-----------------|
|-----3---3---3-----------|-----3---3---3-----------|-----3---3---3-----0---0-|
|---2-------2---2---2---2-|---4-------4---4---4---4-|---4-------4---4-1-------|
|-----------------3---0---|-----------------3---0---|---------------------2---|
|-0-----------------------|-------------------------|-------------------------|
|-------------------------|-4-----------------------|-4-----------------------|
  0                         3 4 2 1 2 4 2 4 2 4 0 4                   1 0 2 0


13    |   |   |   |   |     |   |   |   |   |   |     |   |   |   |   |   |       
|-------0-----------------|-------0-----------------|-------5-----------------|
|-----1---1---1-----------|-----1---1---1-----------|-----5---5---5-----1---1-|
|---4-------4---4---4---4-|---2-------2---2---2---2-|---5-------5---5-2-------|
|-----------------2-------|-------------------------|---------------------3---|
|-0-------------------3---|-0---------------3---0---|-------------------------|
|-------------------------|-------------------------|-1-----------------------|
  0 4 1 0 1 4 1 4 2 4 3 4   0 2 1 0 1 2 1 2 3 2 0 2   1 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 2 1 3 1


16    |   |   |   |   |     |   |   |   |   |   |     |   |   |   |   |   |       
|-------5-----------------|-------4-----------------|-------4-----------------|
|-----6---6---6-----------|-----3---3---3-----------|-----3---3---3-----------|
|---4-------4---4---4---4-|---4-------4---4---4---4-|---4-------4---4---4---4-|
|-0---------------0-------|-----------------2-------|-----------------2-------|
|---------------------2---|---------------------2---|---------------------2---|
|-------------------------|-0-----------------------|-0-----------------------|
  0 2 4 3 4 2 4 2 0 2 1 2   0 3 2 4 2 3 2 3 1 3 1 3


19    |   |   |   |   |     |   |   |   |   |   |     |   |   |   |   |   |  
|-------5-----------------|-------7-----------------|-------8-----------------|
|-----5---5---5-----------|-----9---9---9-----------|-----10--10--10----------|
|---5-------5---5---5---5-|---7-------7---7---7---7-|---9-------9---9---9---9-|
|-------------------------|---------------------0---|-----------------7-------| 
|-----------------7-------|-----------------8-------|---------------------7---|
|-0-------------------8---|-0-----------------------|-0-----------------------|
  0 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 3 1 4 1   0 1 3 1 3 1 3 1 2 1 0 1   0 2 4 3 4 2 4 2 1 3 1 3


22    |   |   |   |   |     |   |   |   |   |   |     |   |   |   |   |   |       
|-------10----------------|-------8-----------------|-------7-----------------|
|-----9---9---9-----------|-----10--10--10----------|-----6---6---6-----------|
|---9-------9---9---9---9-|---8-------8---8---8---8-|---7-------7---7---7---7-|
|-----------------9-------|-------------------------|-----------------6-------|
|---------------------11--|-----------------12--8---|---------------------7---|
|-0-----------------------|-0-----------------------|-0-----------------------|
  0 1 1 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 3 1   0 1 3 1 3 1 3 1 4 1 1 1   0 3 2 4 2 3 2 3 1 3 2 3


25    |   |   |   |   |     |   |   |   |   |   |     |   |   |   |   |   |       
|-------5-----------------|-------5-----------------|-------4-----------------|
|-----7---7---7-----------|-----3---3---3-----------|-----3---3---3-----------|
|---5-------5---5---5---5-|---4-------4---4---4---4-|---4-------4---4---4---4-|
|-----------------4-------|-----------------3---0---|-----------------2-------|
|---------------------6---|-------------------------|---------------------2---|
|-0-----------------------|-0-----------------------|-0-----------------------|
  0 2 4 3 4 2 4 2 1 2 4 2   0 3 2 4 2 3 2 3 1 3 0 3   0 3 2 4 2 3 2 3 1 3 1 3


28    |   |   |   |   |     |   |   |   |   |   |     |   |   |   |   |   |       
|-------2-----------------|-------1-----------------|-------0-----------------|
|-----1---1---1-----------|-----0---0---0-----------|-----1---1---1-----------|
|---2-------2---2---2---2-|---1-------1---1---1---1-|---2-------2---2---2---2-|
|-----------------1-------|-----------------0-------|-------------------------|
|---------------------3---|---------------------2---|-----------------3---0---|
|-0-----------------------|-0-----------------------|-0-----------------------|
  0 2 1 3 1 2 1 2 1 2 4 2   0 1 0 2 0 1 0 1 0 1 3 1   0 2 1 0 1 2 1 2 3 2 0 2


31    |   |   |   |   |     |   |   |   |   |   |     |   |   |   |   |   |       
|-------------------------|-------------------------|-------------------------|
|-------3-----------------|-------3-----------------|-------3-----------------|
|-----4---4---4-----2---2-|-----4---4---4-----1---1-|-----4---4---4-----1---1-|
|---7-------7---7-3---0---|---6-------6---6-2-------|---6-------6---6-3---0---|
|-------------------------|---------------------2---|-0-----------------------|
|-0-----------------------|-0-----------------------|-------------------------|
  0 4 2 1 2 4 2 4 3 2 0 2   0 4 2 1 2 4 2 4 3 1 2 1   0 4 2 1 2 4 2 4 4 2 0 2


34    |   |   |   |   |     |   |   |   |   |   |     |   |   |   |   |   |       
|-------------------------|-------4-----------------|-------7-----------------|
|-------3-2---2-----------|-----3---3---3-----------|-----9---9---9-----------|
|-----4-----2---2---2---2-|---4-------4---4---4---4-|---7-------7---7---7---7-|
|---7-------------2-------|-----------------3---0---|---------------------0---|
|-0-------------------4---|-0-----------------------|-0---------------8-------|
|-------------------------|-------------------------|-------------------------|
  0 4 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 3 1   0 3 2 4 2 3 2 3 1 3 0 3   0 1 3 1 3 1 3 1 2 1 0 1


37    |   |   |   |   |     |   |   |   |   |   |     |   |   |   |   |   |       
|-------5-----------------|-------3-----------------|-------1-----------------|
|-----5---5---5-----------|-----5---5---5-----2---2-|-----3---3---3-----------|
|---6-------6---6---6---6-|---6-------6---6-3---0---|---2-------2---2---2---2-|
|-----------------7-------|-------------------------|-----------------3---0---|
|-0-------------------7---|-0-----------------------|-0-----------------------|
|-------------------------|-------------------------|-------------------------|
  0 2 1 1 1 2 1 2 4 2 3 2   0 3 2 1 2 3 2 3 3 2 0 2   0 2 4 1 4 2 4 2 3 2 0 2


40    |   |   |   |   |     |   |   |   |   |   |     |   |   |   |   |   |       
|-------1-----------------|-------1-----------------|-------0-------0-------4-|
|-----3---3---3-----------|-----3---3---3-----------|-----2---2---2--/6-------|
|---1-------1---1---1---1-|---1-------1---1---1---1-|---2-------2-------7-----|
|-----------------3---0---|-----------------3---0---|---------------------9---|
|-0-----------------------|-0-----------------------|-0-----------------------|
|-------------------------|-------------------------|-------------------------|
  0 1 4 1 4 1 4 1 3 1 0 1                             0 1 2 0 2 1 2 0 2 3 4 1


43 CV
|--5----------------------||
|--5----------------------||
|--6----------------------||
|--7----------------------||
|--7----------------------||
|--5----------------------||


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