Carulli: Opus 241 Andante No.2 - Guitar Tab & Notation

F. Carulli Andante No.2 from Opus 241 "method"
F. Carulli Andante No.2 from Opus 241 "method"

This is the 2nd piece titled "Andante" in Ferdinando Carulli's revised classical guitar tuition "methode" Opus 241. You can play it from the score below, and also hear a score-generated audio track in the video capsule near the bottom of the Hub.

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F. Carulli - Andante No.2 From Opus 241 for classical guitar

F. Carulli - Andante No.2 From Opus 241
F. Carulli - Andante No.2 From Opus 241

Study Notes for Learners


There are three sections in this piece, A. B & C, which you can see in each line of the score separated by repeat marks. The D.C. al Fine sign means go back to the first bar or measure and play again with no further repeats until you reach the Fine sign at the end of section B, which is the end of the piece.

  • The overall section playing order is A A B B C C A B.

Time Signature and Meter

The time signature of 68 (six-eight) means that there are two beats in every bar (apart from the 'pick up' bar, of course) and that every beat is given the value of a dotted quarter note. If you're not familiar with this time signature, you can start off by counting six 8th note beats per bar in order to get the timing of the 'long-short' rhythm that you can hear in most of the bars. As soon as you can feel the rhythm accurately, go back to counting in dotted quarter note beats, which is the true 'meter' of this piece. This meter is an example of 'compound duple' time, meaning two beats per bar, each of which is divisible by three ( a dotted quarter note is worth three 8th notes).


Some fretting-hand fingering is given as a guide where it may not be obvious which fingers to use, but the fingering is more or less straightforward, and you can choose for yourself which to use. As for your picking hand, Use your thumb for all bass notes. Those are shown in the notation staff with downward pointing note stems. Use any alternating combination of fingers of your picking hand for the melody (and occasional harmony) upper notes.


The tempo is andante, which is why the title is Andante, meaning a tempo of around 80 - 90 BPM. Play it slower if you need to and gradually increase your speed until you can play it at the andante tempo. The main thing is to be smooth and fluent at whatever tempo you play it at.

Key and Chords

The principal key is C major, but there are hints at two closely related keys: G major and A minor.

Section A is in C major throughout and consist of native chords: C major, G7 and D minor. Many of them are incomplete and only implied - but that's enough to be counted as chords.

Section B is also in C major but briefly flirts with the closely related 'dominant' key of G major. That's done by the use of F# and the chord D7, both of which are foreign to the key of C major but as they're native to the key of G major, they lead to G major very strongly and almost cause a change of key when the G major is heard. Any notion of that is short-lived, however, as F natural, which is foreign to G major but native to C major, brings us back home to the real key of C major.

Section C goes straight into the relative minor key of A minor for the whole section, with chords: A minor, E and D minor. The return to section A, however, brings us back to the home key of C major.

Musical Features at a Glance

Opus 241: Andante No.2
Ferdinando Carulli (1770-1841)
Principal Key
C major
Compound Duple (6/8)
24 (3x8)
Andante 80-90 BPM
Highest Fretboard Position
Pos III in bars 1, 5 & 9

More classical guitar and fingerstyle pieces

You can try many more pieces by checking my HubPages Profile or looking at the links below. There are more pieces from Carulli's tuition method (Opus 241), some other pieces of Carulli's from other opus numbers and classical guitar pieces from other composers such as Giuliani, Aguado, Sor and Tarrega. There are also folk fingerstyle pieces including Scarborough Fair and Greensleeves. All are in the same format as this Hub, i.e., with guitar tab, standard notation, audio demo and study notes.


Andante No. 2 from Opus 241 is composed by Ferdinando Carulli (1770-1841) and is in the Public Domain

The score, audio and images are produced by chasmac

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