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Carulli: "Waltz No. 4 in D"—Classical Guitar Piece in Tab, Notation and Audio

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Carulli: Waltz no.4 in D - Opus 241

Carulli: Waltz no.4 in D - Opus 241

This classical guitar waltz by the celebrated Italian guitar composer Ferdinando Carulli is the 4th waltz in his teaching 'methode' Opus 241. Like the others in this collection, it's easy to play and read. It's played mostly in the 2nd position of the guitar, but it reaches no higher than fret 3. In terms of difficulty, I would place it somewhere between grades one and two (but closer to grade one) of the graded classical guitar exam syllabus set by the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM). Basically, that means that it should be playable after a few months of learning to read and play classical guitar.

The Score and Audio Track

In the video capsule below, you can see the tab and notation displayed stave by stave while listening to the audio recording of it. The video playback quality is 1080HD, so try to use that setting for the sharpest image of the score.

You can also see the same score displayed under the video. That's a more useful way to see it if you want to study and learn the piece.

Study Notes

Here are some things to keep in mind as you practice this piece.

Key Signature

The key of the piece is D major, so the notation is written with a two-sharp key signature. All F and C notes are automatically played as F sharp and C sharp, one fret higher, as the tablature makes clear.


As it's a waltz, it's composed using a metre of three beats per bar or measure. The quarter note is the chosen beat unit, so the time signature is 34 (three-four). Put some stress on the first beat to convey the typical waltz rhythm. Choose any suitable tempo to play it at but not too fast or slow or you'll lose the waltzy feel of the piece.

Playing Order of the Sections

There are two distinct sections, A & B played in the following order:

  • A A B A B A
  1. Section A lasts until bar 8 and is repeated, as shown by the double dot repeat sign.
  2. Section B lasts from bar 9 until bar 16.
  3. Section A begins again at bar 17 until bar 24 and the repeat sign.
  4. Section B is repeated from bar 9 and played until bar 16.
  5. Section A is repeated again from bar 17 until the final bar of the piece.

The chords used in Waltz in D and their chord tones

ChordChord Tones

D major - Tonic chord

D F# A

A7th - Dominant chord

A C# E G

Musical Structure

The key is D major and there are basically only two chords used throughout the whole piece: D major (also called the tonic chord in this key) and A7th, (also called the dominant 7th chord in this key). Both chords are the two most important primary chords of the key. The tonic and dominant chords are the chords built on the 1st and 5th degrees (notes) of the major scale belonging to the key. In this case, as the key is D major, the chord roots correspond with the 1st and 5th notes of the scale of D major:

  • D E F# G A B C# D (D major scale)

More Easy Classical Pieces

Feel free to check out these classical guitar pieces presented in much the same way with tab, notation and accompanying audio demo track.

Waltz in A by Carulli - another waltz (no. 5) from the same publication (Opus 241).

Etude in Am - A simple but very popular guitar piece by the Italian composer Mauro Giuliani.

Ferdinando Carulli

Ferdinando Carulli was born in Naples, Italy in 1770 (the same year as Beethoven). He had a very prolific career as a composer and teacher and lived until 1841. You can read a lot more about him and his work in Wikipedia.


Waltz "No.4 in D" is composed by Ferdinando Carulli (1770 - 1841) and is in the Public Domain.

The score, audio track and images are by chasmac.

© 2014 Chas Mac