Beethoven's 'Fur Elise' - A Modern Version: Lesson 2

"Für Elise" by Ludwig van Beethoven is not just a revered piano song, it can be made into an incredible modern guitar song. Here's a video and lesson to show you how it's done. Careful... this one's a bit tricky!

Beethoven's 'Fur Elise' - A Modern Version: Lesson 2
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Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827) was a German composer and pianist whose music has certainly been able to stand the test of time. One of his most famous piano pieces, "Für Elise," was composed in 1810 and has become a staple for all classical pianists.

But what if you wanted to take this great composition and make a more modern version with guitar, bass and drums? That was exactly what I pondered this summer. So, I extracted the right hand and adapted it as needed for guitar. I extracted the left hand and adapted it as needed for bass. Then I composed a drum part that seemed to fit the song in a unique way.

Here is the second lesson for Beethoven's "Für Elise," which will teach you how to play the first interlude between the main sections (starting at 1:10). Although the main sections are quite easy to play, this section will take much more practice and finger dexterity. Although these notes may be played in other patterns on the neck, this is the exact way that I played the notes in my video. I hope you enjoy, and please check back for a lesson that will explain how to play the final sections of the piece!

If you need the tab for the start of the piece, you can find the Ultimate Guitar lesson here.


Legend
L - tied note
x - dead note
h - hammer on/pull off
b - bend
s - slide
~ - vibrato
g - ghost note
> - accentuated note
t - trill
M - palm mute
. - staccato
P - popping (bass)
S - slapping (bass)
+ - tapping
W - wide vibrato
< - fade in
w - whammy bar
= - tremolo picking
v - brush up
^ - brush down
V - pick stroke up
n - pick stroke down

(1:10)
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--7s-9-----------------------10----9s------|--7--------------5----|
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-----------------------10------------------|----------------------|
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--5-----------------------9b10b9h-7---|
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--------------------------10b11b10-h8---|--10-8----------------|
--9-----------7-------------------------|--------10-9--7s-5----|
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-----------------------------------|-------------|--5------5--6----|
-----------------------------------|--5-----7b9--|-----------------|
--7b8------7-----------7--5--7--8--|-------------|---------------7-|
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--5-----------------------7--------4s---|
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-----8-----8-----8-----8-----8-----8----|
--5-----------------4-----5-----7-------|
--------5-----7-------------------------|
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--------8--7--5-------------------------|
--5h-8-----------8--6--5-----8--6-------|
--------------------------7--------7----|
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-----8-----8-----8-----8-----8-----8----|
--5-----------------4-----5-----7-------|
--------5-----7-------------------------|
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--------8--7--5-------------------------|
--5h-8-----------8--6--5-----8--6-------|
--------------------------7--------7----|
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--5h6h5s-4--5-----5--4--5-----5--4----|--5-----------5w4w5---|
---------------4-----------4----------|-----------4----------|
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--------------5--4----|--5--4--5--4--5--4----|--5--4--5-------------|
-----------4----------|----------------------|-----------4--7--5----|
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--7--------------7----|--7s-9-----------------------------9-------|
--------------7-------|-----------------------------11------------|
-----------8----------|-----------------------12------------------|
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--------------9--8----|--9--8--9-----7-------|----------------------|
--10------------------|-----------9-----10---|--7--------------7----|
-----------7----------|----------------------|--------------7-------|
----------------------|----------------------|-----------8----------|
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-------------------------------------------|-----------------7----|
--7s-9-----------------------10----9s------|--7--------9--10------|
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-----------------------10------------------|----------------------|
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--7s-------9------------------------------10----------9s----------|
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--7-----------9--7s---|--5-----------7--5s---|--4-----------9-------|
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-----------8----------|-----------7----------|-----------7-----7----|
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--------12-11s12-11---|--12-11-12-11-12-11---|--12-11-12----10------|
----------------------|----------------------|-----------12----13---|
--9--9----------------|----------------------|----------------------|
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--10-------------10---|--10b12b10----9--12---|--12b13----10---------|
--------------9-------|-----------9----------|----------------------|
-----------10---------|----------------------|----------------------|
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--12-11-12----10------|----------------------|----------------------|
-----------12----13---|--10-------------10---|--10b12b10----12b13---|
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--10\--------|
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About the Author:
Greg Studley is a guitarist, bassist, and keyboardist based in San Francisco, CA. He is also the author of numerous music books including "Speed, Accuracy & Technique for Guitar," "A Guitarist's Guide to Improvising With Knowledge," "Essentials of Rhythm Guitar," and "Speed, Accuracy & Technique for Bass." Visit www.improvisingwithknowledge.com for more info.

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