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Por Una Cabeza Guitar Solo Sheet Music Gardel


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Por una Cabeza is a tango song written in 1935 by Carlos Gardel. Tango scenes with "Por una Cabeza" appeared in film Scent of a Woman. Here is an arrangement for classical Guitar solo.


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Pages:  3 pages guitar solo sheet music, 1:50 'min.

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  • What do these movies, Delicatessen (1991) Siddler List", Scent of a Woman (1992),   Schindler's List (1993),   True Lies (1994), Bad Santa (2003), Easy Virtue (2008), Planet 51 (2009),  have in common? 
  • In all these films the song Por Una Cabeza, is heard, in different performances. 
  • In  movie "Frida,"  the  radio plays the  oldest performance.
  • The song creates the feeling of a  an erotic song and indded it is one, but ...
  • ... the name (por una cabeza) is a Spanish horse-racing phrase meaning "by a head", which refers to a horse winning a race by the length of one head. 
  • The lyrics speak of a compulsive horse-track gambler who compares his addiction for horses with his attraction to women.
  • The starting phrase in the main theme may be inspired by Mozart's Rondo for violin and orchestra in C major, K. 373. (see Scent of a woman).

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Milton FL




Excellent arrangement for intermediate

I am a Carlos Gardel fan and made an arrangement of this tune for vocals; however, this one is superior for guitar solo. In my opinion a beginner piece might have a few eighth notes but not a syncopated tango back beat... also beginners generally stay in the first 5... frets, but this goes all the way up to the 12. It is a great arrangement, but if you are just getting started, don't be discouraged.









This is a hard to find guitar classic. Very good arrangement.

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