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Malagueña, by Ernesto Lecuona


Ah, Malagueña!  It’s one of the best loved guitar classics.  If you mention you play classical or Spanish guitar to a group of non-guitarists, someone is bound to ask, “Can you play Malagueña?”.  And now you can say, “Why, of course.”

Like many of the most well-known guitar pieces, it was written originally for piano then later transcribed to guitar.  It’s been adapted by such diverse musicians as Stan Kenton, Jose Feliciano, Bill Haley and the Comets, Carlos Montoya (who brought it to flamenco guitar), Roy Clark (who brought it to Hee Haw), and many others.

Malagueña has been arranged as big band jazz, flamenco, Iranian pop, and many other styles, often with lyrics.

Ernesto Lecuona was a Cuban composer and musical director and conductor of the Havana Philharmonic.  Malagueña, written in 1928, is by far his best known, but several of his works are mainstays of the latin classical guitar and piano repertoire.


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Watch This Video to Hear and Overview Malagueña


I just want to thank you for your lessons. You are helping us to understand how a piece is composed, the parts to analyze and how to do it. You are teaching a lot about how to read and play, and the most important part: PLAY with the music and ENJOY it.” R. Martinez

In This Course, You’ll Discover:

  • How to create excitement
  • How to practice effectively
  • How to roll chords beautifully
  • How to dissect the music
  • How to find solutions to obstacles
  • How to adapt music for exercises

With This Course, You’ll:

  • Learn the notes quickly
  • Explore rolled chords
  • Practice phrasing
  • Focus on melodic line
  • Understand multi-layered music
  • Play with stretching time
  • Share a great showpiece

Listen to Malagueña:

All one knows is that it burns the blood like powdered glass...”    ~Lorca


In This Course, You’ll Get:

  • 18 Highly Detailed Video Lessons
  • 10-page PDF Practice Packet
  • Musical Sections Separated for Practice
  • Multiple versions of the music for easier learning
  • Both music notation and TAB
  • Step by step instructions for dynamics and phrasing
  • Lifelong access for future reference
  • A clear path to play the Malagueña beautifully and musically
Your videos are great – not too many around with so much clarity. I’m a Senior Lecturer so I appreciate anyone who takes the time to make good clear instructions. Thanks to your videos it has really made me look at drills and technical work with a fresh pair of eyes – and hopefully hands!” J. Washington
Many thanks for your kind words and advice. Good music teachers, in my experience, are rare. You are beyond good. You are excellent. Truly you are a gifted teacher, and I’m thankful for having found you on the internet.” F. Anthony
“Thanks so much Allen, I’m watching your class now and really enjoying it! I’ve never delved so far into analyzing a piece before, it’s wonderful.” Jack C.

“Is This Course for Me?”

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Ernesto Lecuona (1895-1963)

You can confidently play this piece as a beginner, or above.  There are no barre chords or large stretches.  It stays in the first position.  And you likely already know all the notes.

This, like any piece, will rise to whatever level you bring it.  It’s very fun just playing the notes and getting through it, and it’s a wonderful study and challenge to bring it to a higher level.

Because Malagueña is “modular” (using interchangeable pieces), you can learn it in stages, starting simply and allowing it to become more complex as you become better as a guitarist.

While to discount Malagueña as easy would be a mistake, to think of it as difficult would be as well.  Like layers of an onion, you can explore issues with an ever-deeper attention to detail and craft.

In short, do not be afraid.

This piece is a great choice to add to your repertoire because you can learn the notes rather quickly, and people love to hear it.  Like a fine wine, it will just get better the longer you keep it around.

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Here’s How It Works:

1.) You go ahead and click the button below and complete the checkout.

2.) Start the course whenever you’re ready. Download and print the materials, and get started with the video tutorials.

3.) If this is not the most in-depth, comprehensive, easy to follow learning experience, I want you to let me know and ask for a full refund.  I want you to be absolutely critical of the entire learning experience.

By working through this course…
  • You will have a better understanding of music and musical processes.
  • You will have new ways of seeing and hearing music.
  • You will feel that you have gotten noticeably better at practicing guitar and learning new music.

And if you don’t get all these benefits, and you’re not completely excited and think this is the best investment you’ve ever made in your music education, I demand that you let me know and ask for a full refund.

If for any reason you’re not completely convinced of the value and effectiveness of this course, ask for a refund.

  • I’ll immediately return your money (no quivelling, no hassles)…

  • AND you can keep this course…

  • AND you can have any other course, even if it’s higher-priced, at no charge (so I can redeem myself).

Of course, you could take advantage of me with this guarantee, but I trust you’ll be honest.

Please hold me (Allen) and this course to the highest standards, purchase with confidence, and let me know how it goes.

Play Malagueña: $39

This course on Lecuona’s Malagueña costs $39 for lifetime access and all supplementary materials.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Can I download the course videos or access offline?

Currently, videos only stream and cannot be downloaded. You will need internet access to view the videos.

Does this course include the sheet music?

Yes, you get sheet music to download and print, including standard musical notation and guitar TAB. You’ll also find the music separated into small sections for closer study, as well as any other helpful study-aids.

Are TABs included?

Yes, you get both standard musical notation and TABs PDFs to download, save, and print.

How long do I have access to the course?

Once you purchase the course, you have lifetime access. You can proceed at your own pace. You can start and stop as you wish, and know that it will always be here.

If you mark lessons “complete” as you go, your progress will be saved and you can pick up where you left off.

Can I go at my own pace?

Yes. There is no limit on time, and you can progress at whatever pace is most comfortable for you.

If you need to take a break from the course (to travel, or to focus on other things), you can pick up where you left off.

Move through the lessons as slowly or as quickly as you wish.

How can I tell if this piece is good for my level?

As you watch the video and look and the excerpt above, ask yourself the questions:
“Have I played music using these notes?”
“Do I recognize any of the “shapes in the left hand?”
“Are there markings or techniques I don’t recognize or understand?”
“Does this piece get me excited, and just a little scared?”

Most pieces of music can be a wonderful experience for a wide range of players. If you’re a beginner, your challenge will be getting the notes and controlling your hands. If you’re a more advanced player, the notes may come more quickly, but you may need to work on playing more beautifully (phrasing, connecting the notes, balancing the voices, etc).

There is always more to learn. As long as you take your time and focus on specific challenges one at a time, you can enjoy moving forward and learning a wide variety of music.

Can I view this course on my phone or tablet?

Yes, all courses and videos will work just fine on all common devices.

What if I have questions about the course?

If you have any questions on the course, or on any of the lessons within the course, you can leave a comment on any page. (Comments on the website are best, because others can see them as well.)
If you would rather not leave the question as a comment, you can email me directly. I will promptly do my best to answer any questions you have.

What if I buy this course and it's too hard for me?

If you get in over your head, that’s okay. You can return the course and get a refund, or you can keep it and come back to it later.

If you feel overwhelmed, you can also email me for advice or input.

Also, if you feel like it may be too difficult, you may be able to simplify your practice. Focusing on one small aspect (such as the right hand alone) of one small section at a time is very helpful.

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3 Responses to Malagueña, by Ernesto Lecuona

  1. Manuel Feliz March 19, 2016 at 7:43 pm #

    Please pronounce it using the sound of the ghe in the word ghetto. It will be malagheña.

    • Allen March 20, 2016 at 1:42 pm #

      Thanks Manuel. I realized that after I had already recorded it. My mistake. Please overlook my ignorant gringo-ness!


    • Edna Turner November 5, 2018 at 8:52 am #

      I agree. People frequently mis-pronounce it.

      I was also taught that the monotonous but vibrant melody must always stand out, with the chords always placed softer.

      Leona Boyd plays a more intricate and beautiful rendition, but I have not been able to find the sheet musuc for this.

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