An important aspect of technique in classical guitar playing is adopting the correct sitting posture. The guitar is placed on the left thigh (for right handed players), which is raised by placing the foot on a footstool. The left knee should be pointing forwards and the right knee to the side so the guitar rests on the inside of the right thigh. The guitar should be positioned at angle where the neck is pointing slightly upwards, and the right forearm rests on the instrument’s larger bout. This should hold it securely in place and give ease of facility for both hands. time (bass on beat 1, block chord on beat 2) and, once absorbed, is utterly gorgeous, with its typically idiosyncratic chords and beguiling melody. I’ve transposed the original (somewhat ambiguous) key of C major up a tone to D major, and kept standard tuning. Although some of the chords that contained closely voiced harmonies had to be adapted, I’ve managed to retain much of the piece’s beautiful essence, and it’s a real pleasure to play.
Since Satie’s music thrives on simplicity, minimalism, and a slow hypnotic tempo, this is one of the easier arrangements in the series. However you’ll want to develop a technical fluency, so that the melody is given a lyricism, and the bass and chords a relaxed accuracy. The tab captions will help you through some of the technical issues. I hope you enjoy learning this magical piece.