Easy Classical Guitar: Carulli's Opus 241 "Andantino No.3" in Tab and Standard Notation

Updated on March 21, 2019
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F. Carulli - Opus 241 - Andantino No.3
F. Carulli - Opus 241 - Andantino No.3 | Source

From Ferdinando Carulli's famous study method, Opus 241, this is the third piece called "Andantino" in the collection of studies. It's in the key of G major, and, like most of the pieces near the beginning of Opus 241, it's quite short and simple.

You can hear a software-generated version of the score too in the video capsule, which also shows the score line by line in time with the music. View it in full-screen mode at high playback quality to ensure a clear and legible display. You can also click on any line of the score below to see it magnified if necessary.

F. Carulli - Opus 241 Andantino No.3
F. Carulli - Opus 241 Andantino No.3 | Source

Carulli: Andantino No.3 from Opus 241

Study Notes for Learners.


This is a two section, or 'binary form' piece. Section A is 8 bars long and then it repeats. Section B is also eight bars long and repeats, so the playing plan for this piece is A A B B.

Time Signature

The 24 (two-four) time signature shown in the standard notation staff means there are two beats per bar (the top number) and each beat is equal to a quarter note (the bottom number). The most common note durations are 16th notes, so there are often eight of those per bar. Count them as "1 e & a 2 e & a".


The fretting-hand fingering is shown in a few places as a guide. The picking-hand fingering uses thumb for bass notes and any alternating combination of index and middle or even index, middle and ring fingers for the melody and inner harmony notes. Use whichever is most practical. Bass notes are shown in the notation staff with downward pointing note stems while those with stems pointing up are melody and harmony notes.

Solo Guitar Playing - Book 1, 4th Edition
Solo Guitar Playing - Book 1, 4th Edition
Improve your ability to read the standard notation staffs of Andantino and other pieces instead of using tab with its many limitations. Solo Guitar Playing by Frederick Noad is an excellent teaching resource that I've used for teaching notation to my fingerstyle and classical guitar students. It takes students from complete beginner level to sight reading intermediate level pieces.

Key and Chords

Andantino is in the key of G major, so the key signature in the standard notation staff is one sharp on the upper F line, meaning that all F notes are to be played as F#.

Section A starts in the 'home' key of G major and briefly modulates (changes key) to the closely related key of D major at the end of bar 8 - a very typical move. It's not a true modulation but more of an implied one because of the foreign note C# in the preceding bar, and the fact that the D major chord is incomplete as it's missing the important '3rd' of the chord, i.e., the note F#. The repeated G notes on the open 3rd string in the first four bars are acting as constant drone notes. They're part of the G major, E minor and C major chords but are non-chord tones when they appear in the A minor and D7 chords.

Section B Starts with the chord D7 (albeit incomplete) formed by the melody and bass notes (D C F#). Starting with D7 immediately cancels any hint of the previous key change and bring us firmly back to the home key of G major. The piece then stays in the key of G major all the way to the end.

You can see the chord plan of the sixteen bars in the table below. Remember, many are incomplete or 'implied' chords. That's a very common practice in simple pieces like this.

Andantino No.3 Chords

G - - - Am - - -
G - - - - - - -
Em - - - D - - -
C - - - G - - -
D7 - - - - - -
G - - - - - - -
C - G - Am - G -
D - - - - - - - :||
||: D7 - - - - - -
G - - - - - - -
D7 - - - - - - -
G - - - - - - -
C - - - G - - -
D7 - - - Em - - -
C - - - D - - -
G - - - - - - - :||

Ferdinando Carulli

The Italian composer and guitarist, Ferdinando Carulli (1770-1841) was a superstar of the classical guitar world in Europe. He was also a renowned teacher, and his published teaching method was a great success. The original 'Methode' was published in Paris as Opus 27. Opus 241, from which Andantino No.3 is taken, was a major revision of it published a few years later.


The music featured in this Hub is composed by Ferdinando Carulli (1770-1841) and is in the Public Domain.

The score, audio and images are by chasmac

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