El Noy de la Mare (Llobet, Miguel) El Noy de la Mare. Alternative. Title, Cançó popular catalana. Composer, Llobet, Miguel. I-Catalogue NumberI-Cat. No. El Noi de la Mare (The Child of the Mother) is a traditional Catalan Christmas song. The song was made famous outside Spain by Andrés Segovia who used to perform Miguel Llobet’s guitar. Classical guitar masterclass El Noi de la Mare, by Miguel Llobet, taught by Guitarist Renato Bellucci using high definition videos and scores.

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Finally, you may choose to play the penultimate harmonic the A played on the fourth string on the 19th fret with the right hand only. If your hand is physically large enough, but you can’t do it, then you need only practice a little bit every day until you can do it.

The final harmonic is an artificial harmonic.

I’ve added a rallentando and a fermata in the penultimate measure. In measure llobeh, you may be tempted to leave out the B in the Gmaj9omit5 to make it easier to play.

Stop the first string at the 5th fret and play the harmonic on the 17th fret with your right hand.

El Noy de la Mare (Llobet, Miguel)

The original doesn’t list a tempo. That’s simply how I tend to play that transition. Finger 4 stays in place and, despite lifting, finger 1 doesn’t move to a new note; so you’re really only changing the position of fingers 2 and 3.

That may facilitate getting both your left and right hands in position to the play the final harmonic. Place your right hand index finger on the string above the fret and simultaneously pluck the string with your thumb, lifting your hand in time to avoid muting the string. I recommend you avoid such shortcuts. You shouldn’t do that for a couple of reasons. El Noi de la Mare—arranged by Miguel Llobet.


A bass pattern and the mid-range of the mzre provide the rhythm section while the high strings provide the main melody. The trick is to lift finger 1, allowing 2 and 3 to move and then place finger 1 back down on the second fret of ,are 3rd string.

I’ve made very few edits to the music, none of any significance.

El Noi de la Mare—arranged by Miguel Llobet

Don’t tense it, just make sure it isn’t overly curled. It’s really just a matter of taste. You should also drop your elbow and pull your arm closer to your torso llohet switching from the Bm. Llobet was quite expert at harmony, orchestrating each string as a separate instrument.

Either your hand can make the stretch or it can’t. If you omit the third, is it really a G chord of any sort?

If your hand is not physically large enough for the guitar you own, you will need a smaller guitar. It is one of Miguel Llobet’s llobrt known arrangements of Catalan folk songs. The chord is already missing a fifth.

Finally, I added a final measure with a soft chord reprising the original final chord in a different voicing.

El Noy de la Mare (Llobet, Miguel) – IMSLP/Petrucci Music Library: Free Public Domain Sheet Music

Keep finger 4 lq place on the immediately preceding A which will form part of the chord. The inverted A major isn’t as hard as it seems.

Although in principle a simple piece, El Noi de la Mare features some difficult left hand fingering, causing me to rate it of medium difficulty. Removing his carefully chosen notes invariably degrades his music. The arrangement uses a dropped-D tuning and consists of three voices.

The parts presenting the most difficulty to players are the inverted A major chord in measure 3, the Gmaj9omit5 in measure 7, and the stretch required for the Maer major in measures 11 and This creates the room you need to move fingers 2 and 3 into position 4 stays in place while bending finger 1 onto the third string. You may ignore this as well.

Then move your remaining fingers into place.


El Noi de la Mare is a Catalan folk song, both a lullaby and a Christmas song. Ditching the B destroys the harmonic link to the beginning of the measure.

The measure starts with a B minor, but the B bass note cannot be sustained. Also, without the G, dr chord is a Bm7sus. As soon as you switch from the Bm to the minor third interval, point finger 1 roughly perpendicular to the neck of the guitar. The music allows a lot of room for interpretation, from choice of tempo to tone production.

It’s likely most guitarists would play it that way without thinking about it, so I notated it explicitly. I have not provided right hand fingering because it’s pretty straightforward.

I don’t really have any suggestions about the G se in measures 11 and You may ignore the slide in measure 3. Instead of taking a shortcut, the trick to playing the Nnoi without losing a beat lies in the preceding chords. The left hand fingering for measures 14 and 16 could be changed to ve strings 2—4 in place of 1—3. I’ve listed a suggested tempo. If you persevere to the point you can play the one or two hard parts at tempo, you will find your overall playing has improved.

El Noi de la Mare—arranged by Miguel Llobet –

If you disagree, ignore the change. Despite not continuing to sound, a sense of the B remains, giving the following minor third interval the feel of a complete E minor chord. Even famous professional guitar players will simplify some of the fingerings by omitting or replacing notes.

You could even play one measure one way and the other measure another way. Different textures result from arpeggiating or plucking the chords as well as playing near the bridge or near the fretboard.