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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A bass pattern and the mid-range of the chords provide the rhythm section while the high strings provide the main melody. If you disagree, ignore the change.

I’ve listed a suggested tempo. Removing his carefully chosen notes invariably degrades his music.

El Noi de la Mare—arranged by Miguel Llobet

You should also drop your elbow and pull miuel arm closer to your torso when switching from the Bm. You may ignore this as well. The left hand fingering for measures 14 and 16 could be changed to use strings 2—4 in place of 1—3. In measure 7, you may be tempted to leave out the B in the Gmaj9omit5 to make it easier to play.

Different textures result from arpeggiating or plucking the chords as well as playing near the bridge or near the fretboard. Finally, you may choose to play mkguel penultimate harmonic the A played on the fourth string on the 19th fret with the right hand only.

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. Llobet was quite expert at harmony, orchestrating each string as a separate instrument. El Noi de la Mare—arranged by Miguel Llobet. You may ignore the slide in measure 3. 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.


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

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

Then move your remaining fingers into place. If your hand is not physically large enough for the guitar you own, you will need a smaller guitar. If you omit the third, is it really a G chord of any sort?

Instead of taking a shortcut, the trick to playing the Gmaj9omit5 without losing a beat lobet in the preceding chords. Ditching the B destroys the harmonic link to the beginning of the measure.

That’s simply how I tend to play that transition.

The chord is already missing a fifth. Keep finger 4 in place on the immediately preceding A which will form part of the chord.

El Noi de la Mare is a Catalan folk song, both a lullaby and a Christmas song.

El Noi de la Mare—arranged by Miguel Llobet –

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.

The final harmonic is an artificial harmonic. You shouldn’t do that for a couple of reasons. The music allows a lot of room for interpretation, from choice of tempo to tone production. The inverted A major isn’t as hard as it seems. Even famous professional guitar players will simplify some of the fingerings by omitting or replacing notes. 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.


It is one of Miguel Llobet’s best known arrangements of Catalan folk songs. I recommend you avoid such shortcuts. It’s likely most lllbet would play it that way without thinking about it, so I notated it explicitly. Either your hand can make the jare or it can’t. The original doesn’t list a tempo. As soon as you switch from the Bm to the minor third interval, point finger 1 roughly perpendicular to the neck of the guitar.

El Noy de la Mare (Llobet, Miguel)

Don’t tense it, just make sure it isn’t overly curled. I have not provided right hand fingering because it’s pretty straightforward. It’s really just a matter of taste. I’ve made very few edits to the music, none of any significance.

You could even play one measure one way and the other measure another way. Also, without the G, the chord is a Bm7sus. 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 the 3rd string.

I’ve added a rallentando and a fermata in the penultimate measure. Jiguel parts llobst the most difficulty to players are the dl A major chord in measure 3, mituel Gmaj9omit5 in measure 7, and the stretch required for the G major in measures 11 and 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.

The arrangement uses a dropped-D tuning and consists of three voices. The measure starts with a B minor, but the B bass note cannot be sustained.