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Easy Classical Guitar: Carulli's "Poco Allegretto" From Opus 246 (Guitar Tab, Standard Notation and Audio)

Chasmac is a semi-retired guitar teacher who has taught in various schools in London and elsewhere for over 30 years.

Carulli etude from Opus 246 in tab and notation

Carulli etude from Opus 246 in tab and notation

Here's another easy classical guitar piece by 19th century Italian virtuoso guitarist Ferdinando Carulli. "Poco Allegretto" (Study in C) complements my collection of easy classical guitar music that even beginners can attempt. As usual, the score is produced in standard notation as well as guitar tablature. It's around grade 1 or grade 2 level in terms of difficulty as judged by various UK-based music examination institutes such as the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM).

You can hear an audio demo of "Poco Allegretto" while watching the score on the video. View it in full screen HD playback quality to ensure an easily readable display.

For learning the piece, use the score underneath the video. You can enlarge the score by clicking on any part of it.

F. Carulli - Study in C (Poco Allegretto) From Opus 246

Carulli: Poco Allegretto from Opus 246

Carulli: Poco Allegretto from Opus 246

Study Notes for Learners

This short piece is in three 8 bar sections, A, B & C. Each section is repeated before proceeding to the next. On reaching the end of the C section, (after it repeats), the D.C. al Fine instruction means go back to the beginning and play without further repeats until you reach bar 16 marked 'Fine' meaning 'the end'. The playing plan is:


Time Signature

The time signature of 24 'two-four' means that there are two beats in every bar and that a quarter note lasts exactly one beat.


The fingering is very easy. There are some fretting-hand suggestions, but use what suits your hand better. The picking-hand fingering (p-i-m-a, etc.) is shown at the start as a suggestion to start you off. Use whatever is most convenient, but always try to alternate fingers when playing successive notes on the same string.

Classical guitar finger chart

Classical guitar finger chart

Key and Chords

The principal key is C major. Section C is in A minor to provide some tonal contrast, but then its back to sections A and B in C major to the end.

The chords are what you'd expect in a simple piece like this. The A & B sections are mostly C and G (G7). D minor makes a brief appearance in bar 6 in its usual pre-dominant role of leading to the 'dominant chord' G whose job is to lead us back home to the tonic or 'home' chord of C major. The C section's chords are Am and an implied dominant 7th, E7. It's only implied because it has no 3rd (G#) to make it a full E7.

Note* The Tonic chord is the 'home' chord and is built on the first note of the scale belonging to the key. The dominant chord is the one built on the 5th note (degree) of the scale. It naturally leads home to the tonic, especially if it's a dominant 7th chord (G7 in this case). Dominant 7th chords are dissonant and so lead back home more strongly.

SectionChordsChord Tones

A section

C, G, Dm


B section

G7, C


C section

Am, E7 (implied)

ACE, E (G#) B D

Ferdinando Carulli

Ferdinando Carulli (1770-1841) was a famous Italian composer and guitarist. He was also a renowned guitar teacher and many of his simpler works were designed to improve the playing techniques of his students.

You can visit the following classical guitar pieces by Carulli on Spinditty to try them, too. I've produced them in the same format as this one with guitar tab, standard notation, playing notes and audio demo tracks.

  • Waltz in D - This is a tuneful and easy guitar waltz to learn
  • Waltz in G - This is a simple waltz. It's quite pretty but not as tuneful as the one in D.
  • Study in A Minor - This is a very popular piece. It not only sounds good but it also teaches students how to play arpeggios musically.

You can learn more about the life and times of the famous virtuoso guitarist, Carulli on Wikipedia


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

The notation, guitar tablature and images are produced by chasmac on Finale, Goldwave and Photoshop.

© 2014 Chas Mac