Gaspar Sanz - Canarios: my ukulele transcription (video and tabs)

My ukulele transcription of Canarios by Gaspar Sanz.


The Author

Gaspar Sanz
Gaspar Sanz (1640–1710)

Gaspar Sanz (1640–1710), pseudonym of Francisco Bartolome Sanz Celma was a composer, guitarist, organist and priest.

His compositions provide some of the most important examples of popular Spanish baroque music for the guitar and now form part of classical guitar pedagogy.

From (Wikipedia):

In 1674 he wrote his now famous Instrucción de Música sobre la Guitarra Española, published in Saragossa and dedicated to Don Juan. A second book entitled Libro Segundo de cifras sobre la guitarra española was printed in Saragossa in 1675. A third book, Libro tercero de mùsica de cifras sobre la guitarra española, was added to the first and second books, and all three were published together under the title of the first book in 1697, eventually being published in eight editions. The ninety works in this masterpiece are his only known contribution to the repertory of the guitar and include compositions in both punteado (“plucked”) style and rasqueado (“strummed”) style.

In addition to his musical skills, Gaspar Sanz was noted in his day for his literary works as a poet and writer, and was the author of some poems and two books now largely forgotten.

The Piece

Canarios Tablature

“Canarios” is an excellent example of folksongs and dances of Spain that have provided both source material and inspiration for instrumental compositions.

The piece employs a distinctive pattern of six notes that alternates between a 6/8 feel and 3/4 time feel.

My arrangement

The original was in D major, but for a better usage of the ukulele tuning I preferred transpose in G major.

And here my disrespectful ukulele version:

Ukulele score&tablature could be downloaded clicking the link below:


Published: December 02 2015