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Moonlight Sonata by Ludwig van Beethoven
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Tabulated from the (much easier to play) piano score by David Atkinson
in October 1994.
V2.0 (11/94)

I have included left hand fingering underneath the tab.  I think the
system I used is self-explanatory.  The numbers 1 to 4 indicate the
fingers (1=index,2=middle,3=ring,4=little(pinkie)).  I have left out
fingering where a section is repeated or on parts where fingering is
blatantly obvious.  If anyone needs an explanation, feel free to email
me.

I transposed this to the key of A minor which seemed logical to me at the
time but I have recently been informed that Tarrega used D minor.
Tough!  I experimented with the B string tuned to Bb but, although some
parts were easier, most was better with normal tuning.  Anyone have any
other suggestions?

I might just try a D minor version if I find the time and motivation.
Watch this space!

Please email comments, corrections, suggestions and the rest to David
(kaum0@central.sussex.ac.uk).


===== = sustain.  However, to save me hassle, sustain all the bass notes
for a whole bar where possible.

The roman numerals above the tab indicate either full barres or half
barres.  The ...s indicate how long the barre lasts.

Adagio Sostenuto.
    pp           
    |     |     |     |      |     |     |     |  
E|------------------------|------------------------|
B|-----1-----1-----1-----1|-----1-----1-----1-----1|
G|---2-----2-----2-----2--|---2-----2-----2-----2--|
D|-2-----2-----2-----2----|-2-----2-----2-----2----|
A|-0----------------------|------------------------|
E|------------------------|-3----------------------|

    3 2 1                    3
                             4
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    I...       III..
    |     |     |     |      |     |     |     |   
E|------------------------|------------------------|
B|-----1-----1-----3-----3|-----3-----1-----0-----0|
G|---2-----2-----3-----3--|---1-----2-----2-----1--|
D|-3-----3-----3-----3----|-2-----2-----2-----0----|
A|-------------5----------|------------------------|
E|-1----------------------|-0-----------0----------|

    3 2 1       1            2 1 4 2 3 1         1
    1           3             
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
   II
    |     |     |     |        |     |     |     |    
E|-------------------0----0|--0-----------------0----0|
B|-----------1-----1-----1-|------3-----3-----3-----3-|
G|-2---2---2-----2-----2---|----4-----4-----4-----4---|
D|-2-2---2-----2-----2-----|--------2-----2-----2-----|
A|-0-----------------------|--------------------------|
E|-------------------------|--0-----------------------|

    3         1                  3 2 1
    2
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    |     |     |     |      |     |     |     |  
E|-0-----------1----------|-0-----------------3----|
B|-----1-----1-----3-----3|-----1-----1-3---0-----0|
G|---2-----2-----2-----2--|---0-----0-----0-----0--|
D|-2-----2-----0-----3----|-2-----2-----3-----3----|
A|-0----------------------|------------------------|
E|------------------------|-3-----------3----------|

    2 3 1       1 2 4 3      2   1       3     3
                             3           2     2
                                         1
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
                            V........................
    |     |     |     |      |     |     |     |      
E|------------------------|--------------------------|
B|-1---1-----1-----1-----1|--------------------------|
G|---0-----0-----0-----0--|-----5-----5-----5-8---5h8|
D|-2-----2-----2-----2----|---5-----5-----5-----5----|
A|-3----------------------|-6-----6-----6-----6------|
E|------------------------|-8------------------------|

    1                        2 1 1             4     4
    2                        4                 2
    3
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
  IV.....................................I.....
    |     |     |     |       |     |     |     |  
E|-------------------------|------------------------|
B|-4-----------------4----4|-4---------------1-3---1|
G|-----6-----6-----6-----6-|-----5-----5---2-----2--|
D|---5-----5-----5-----5---|---6-----6---1-----0----|
A|-------6-----6-----6-----|-6-----6----------------|
E|-6-----------------------|-4-----3-----2----------|

    1 2 4                     1     3     1 3 1 4 2 1
    3                         3     1     2
                              1
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
III............              III........
    |     |     |     |      |     |     |     |  
E|------------------------|------------------------|
B|-3-----------4-----1----|-3-----------3----------|
G|-----3-----3---0-2---0-2|-----3-----3-----2-----2|
D|---5-----5---1-----1----|---5-----5-----4-----4--|
A|-5-----5-----3----------|-5-----5-----5-----5----|
E|-3----------------------|------------------------|

    1 4 1       4   2 2   3  1 4 1       2 3 1
    3           1     1      3           4
    1           3
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
   III.......................IV....III..IV....II
    |     |     |     |      |     |     |     |  
E|-------------------3----|s4-----------------2----|
B|-----3-----3-----3-----3|-----4-----4-----4-----4|
G|---3-----3-----4-----4--|---5-----5-----5-----5--|
D|-5-----5-----5-----5----|-5-----5-----5----------|
A|------------------------|-------3-----------3----|
E|-3=============================------------------|

    3             2          1 3 1 3 4 2       1 4 3
    1                        2     1           2
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
   III.......................IV....III..IV....II...
    |     |     |     |      |     |     |     |  
E|-3-----------------3----|s4-----------------2----|
B|-----3-----3-----3-----3|-----4-----4-----4-----4|
G|---4-----4-----4-----4--|---5-----5-----5-----5--|
D|-5-----5-----5-----5----|-5-----5-----5----------|
A|------------------------|-------3-----------3----|
E|-3=============================------------------|


  III.......... III.......
    |     |     |     |      |     |     |     |  
E|-3-----------3----------|-3---0-----0-1----------|
B|-----3-----3------------|-----------------3-----3|
G|---4-----4-----3-6---3-6|---2-----2-----2-----2--|
D|-5-----5-----5-----5----|-------5-----0-----3----|
A|------------------------|-4----------------------|
E|-3-----------0----------|------------------------|
 
                1 1 4        2 1   4     1 2 4 3
                3            3
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
   III....................              II.........
    |     |     |     |      |     |     |     |  
E|------------------------|------------------------|
B|-4-----------3----------|------------------------|
G|-----3-----3-----4-----4|-------------2-----2----|
D|---5-----5-----3-----3--|-7---3-----3-----2-----2|
A|-------6-----5-----5----|---5-----5-----5-----4--|
E|-3-----------4----------|-5-----5-----5-----5----|

    2 3 1 4     1 1 3        4 3 1       1 4 1 1 3 1
    1           4            2           3     4
                3
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    VII.........     1/2 V..........            V....
    |     |     |     |       |     |     |     |      
E|-------------------5----5|-5-------0-----0---5----5|
B|-----------------6-----6-|---5-8-----8-----8---5-8-|
G|-----------7---7-----7---|-------------------------|
D|-----7---7---7-----7-----|-7-----7-----7-----7-----|
A|---8---8-----------------|-0-----------------------|
E|10-----------------------|-------------------------|

    4 2 1 2 1 1 3 4 2 1 4 25    1 4 3   4       1 1 41
                      3                         3
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    V......     VII   V...
    |     |     |     |      |     |     |     |  
E|-5-----------------5----|-7---0-----0-----0-7---0|
B|-----6-----6-9---------6|------------------------|
G|---7-----7-----7-9---7--|---7-----7-----7-----7--|
D|-7-----7-----------7----|-6-----6-----6-----6----|
A|-5----------------------|------------------------|
E|-------------7-----5----|-4-----------------4----|

    1 4 2       4 1 3 1 4 2  4 3   2 3
    3           1     3      2
    1                 1      1
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
                  decresc       p  <       >
                     V..... IV.............
    |     |     |     |      |     |     |     |  
E|-8-----------7-----5----|-4----------------------|
B|----10----10-0---9-----7|-------5-----6---0-----0|
G|---9-----9-----7-----5--|-----4-----4-------7----|
D|10----10-----0-----7----|---6-----6-----6-----6--|
A|-0-----------------6----|------------------------|
E|------------------------|-0----------------------|

    1 2 4       2 1 4 1 1 4  1 3 1 2     4     4
    3                 3
                      2
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
                                 <            >
        <          >        V.......................
    |     |     |     |      |     |     |     |  
E|------------------------|-------5-----8-----5----|
B|-----0-----0-----0-----0|-----5-----5-----5-----5|
G|------------------------|-5-5-----5-----5-----5--|
D|---6-----6-----6-----6--|------------------------|
A|-------7-----8-----5----|------------------------|
E|-0----------------------|-0----------------------|

      2   3     4     1      1           4
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
       <            > 
    |     |     |     |      |     |     |     |  
E|------------------------|-------------------1---4|
B|-------------1----------|-----------0---3-0---3--|
G|-------2-----------2----|-------1-----1----------|
D|-----2-----2-----2-----2|---3-0---3--------------|
A|-3-3-----3-----3-----3--|-2----------------------|
E|-0----------------------|-0----------------------|

    4   2 3 4 2 1 4 2 3 4 2  2 4   1 4   1 4   1 3 4
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
        cresc     V......
    |     |     |     |      |     |     |     |  
E|-----------0--s5---8-5--|-----------------------2|
B|-------1-----1s--5-----5|---------------1---4-1--|
G|---2-----2--------------|-----------2-----2------|
D|-----2------------------|---1---4-1---4----------|
A|-3----------------------|-0---3------------------|
E|-0----------------------|-0----------------------|

    4 3 2 1 3 1 1 1 1 4 1 1    1 3 4 1 2 4 1 2 4 1 2
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
                                 decresc
    |     |     |     |      |     |     |     |  
E|-------------------4---7|s4---1------------------|
B|-------0-----0-6-----6--|---3---0-3---0----------|
G|---1-------7-----7------|-----------1-----1------|
D|-0---3--s6--------------|---------------3---0-3--|
A|------------------------|-----------------------2|
E|-0======================|=======================-|

      1 3   3 4   3 4 1 3 4  4 3 1   3 1   3 1   3 2
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    |     |     |     |      |     |     |     |  
E|------------------------|------------------------|
B|------------------------|------------------------|
G|------------------------|------------------------|
D|-0---------0-3---0---0-3|-----2-3-2-----0-3---0-3|
A|-----2---------2---0----|---5-------5-2-----0----|
E|---4---1-4--------------|-4----------------------|

      4 2 1 4   3 2       2  3 4 2 3     1   2     2
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
                               decresc
    |     |     |     |      |     |     |     |  
E|------------------------|------------------------|
B|------------------------|------------------------|
G|------------------------|-----------------2-----2|
D|-----2-3-2-----0-3---0-3|-----2-3-2--------------|
A|---5-------5-1-----0----|---5-------5-0h3---0h3--|
E|-4----------------------|-4-----------1----------|

                1   3     2              1 3 2
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
         decresc             pp                pp
    |     |     |     |      |     |     |     |      
E|------------------------|-------------------0----0|
B|------------------------|-----------1-----1-----1-|
G|-----2-----2-----1-----1|-2---2---2-----2-----2---|
D|-0h3-----3-----2-----2--|---2---2-----2-----2-----|
A|-2-----2-----2-----2----|-0-----------------------|
E|-------------0----------|-------------------------|

    2 4 3       2 3 1        3 2       1
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    |     |     |     |     | |     |     |     |     
E|-0-----------------0----0|-0-----------1----------|
B|-----3-----3-----3-----3-|-----1-----1-----3-----3|
G|---4-----4-----4-----4---|---2-----2-----2-----2--|
D|-------2-----2-----2-----|-2-----2-----0-----3----|
A|-------------------------|-0----------------------|
E|-0-----------------------|------------------------|

                            III.....................
    |     |     |     |      |     |     |     |      
E|-0-----------------3----|-------------------3----3|
B|-----1-----1-3---0-----0|-----------5-----5-----5-|
G|---0-----0-----0-----0--|-5---5---5-----5-----5---|
D|-2-----2-----3-----3----|---5---5-----5-----5-----|
A|------------------------|-3-----------------------|
E|-3-----------3----------|-------------------------|

                             3 2 3 2 3 4       1
                             1                 2
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
                                  cresc          V....
    |     |     |     |        |     |     |     |  
E|-3---1-----1-----1-3---1h3|-3---0-----0-4---0-5----|
B|---3-----3-----3-----3----|---1-----1-----3-------5|
G|-0-----0-----0-----0------|-0-----0-------------5--|
D|--------------------------|-------------------7----|
A|-2------------------------|-3-----------2-----0----|
E|--------------------------|------------------------|

    4 3 1             4 3 1 4  4 1         4 2   1 1 1
    2                          3           1     3
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    p                       III........
    |     |     |     |      |     |     |     |  
E|-7---0-----0-8----------|-6-----------4---0-----0|
B|-0-----0--------10----10|---3-6---3-6---3-----3--|
G|---7-----7-----9-----9--|-3-----3-----1-----1----|
D|------------10----10----|-0----------------------|
A|-------------0----------|------------------------|
E|-4----------------------|-------------0----------|

    4 3         1 2 4        4 1 4       4 3
    1           3            1           1
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
                                <            >
   V.......................  VI... V.....
    |     |     |     |      |     |     |     |  
E|-5-----------------5----|-6-----------------4---1|
B|-----5-----5-----5-----5|-----6-----6-----6---3--|
G|---5-----5-----6-----6--|---7-----7-----7---2----|
D|-7-----7-----7-----7----|-7-----7-----7-----0----|
A|-0======================|======-5-----3----------|
E|------------------------|------------------------|

    1 1 1         2          1 3 1 3 4 1 3 4 2 4 3 1
    3                        2     1     1     2
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
                                <             >
   V.......................  VI... V.....
    |     |     |     |      |     |     |     |  
E|-5-----------------5----|-6-----------------4---1|
B|-----5-----5-----5-----5|-----6-----6-----6---3--|
G|---6-----6-----6-----6--|---7-----7-----7---2----|
D|-7-----7-----7-----7----|-7-----7-----7-----0----|
A|-0======================|======-5-----3----------|
E|------------------------|------------------------|

   V......................                     
    |     |     |     |      |     |     |     |  
E|-5-----------5----------|-3---1-----1-----1-3---0|
B|-----5-----5-----6-----6|---3-----3-----3-----1--|
G|---6-----6-----7-----7--|-0-----0-----0----------|
D|-7-----7-----7-----7----|------------------------|
A|-------------5----------|-2-----------------3----|
E|-5----------------------|------------------------|

    1 2 1       1 4 1        4 3 1             4 1
    3           3            2                 3
    1           1
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    I          IV..          cresc
    |     |     |     |      |     |     |     |  
E|-1---0-1-----------0----|-------------0-----1----|
B|---1-----0-3-5---------1|-3---0-----0-----0-----0|
G|---------------4-7---2--|---2-----2-----2-----2--|
D|-3-----3-----6-----2----|-0-----0-----2-----0----|
A|-0-----2-----------0----|------------------------|
E|-------------4----------|-1-----------0----------|

    1 1   1   4 2 1 4 2 3 1  4 3         2 3  1  3
    3     3     3            1
          2     1
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    |     |     |     |      |     |     |     |      
E|-0-----------0----------|-------------------------|
B|-----1-----1-----0-----0|-1---------1-----1-----1-|
G|---2-----2-----1-----1--|-----2---2-----2-----2---|
D|-2-----2-----0-----0----|-2-2---2-----2-----2-----|
A|------------------------|-0-----------------------|
E|-0-----------0----------|-------------------0----0|

                               V.........<.......
     |     |     |     |       |     |     |      |    
E|--------------------------|-----------5---8-5-12-8---|
B|------3-----3-----3-----3-|-------5-----5---------10-|
G|----4-----4-----4-----4---|---5-----5----------------|
D|--2-----2-----2-----2-----|-----7--------------------|
A|--------------------------|-7------------------------|
E|--4-----------------0----0|-5------------------0----0|

     1 4 2                     3 1 4 1 1 1 1 4 1  4 1 3
     3                         1
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
   VII.......>.               V...........<.....
    |     |      |     |       |     |     |      |  
E|---7----------------------|-----------5---8-5-12-8---|
B|-9-----9------------------|-------5-----5---------10-|
G|----10---7-10---7---------|---5-----5----------------|
D|--------------9----s6---0-|-7---7--------------------|
A|------------------8---7---|-7------------------------|
E|-0------------------0----0|-5------------------0----0|

    3 1 4 3 1  4 3 1 2 1 2
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
                                  decresc
   VII........>.....           V...........   II......
    |     |      |     |       |     |     |     |  
E|---7----------------------|------------------------|
B|-9-----9------------------|------------------------|
G|----10---7-10---7---------|-------5-----------2----|
D|--------------9----s6---0-|-7---7---7-------2---2--|
A|------------------8---7---|-7-7-------7---3-------3|
E|-0------------------0----0|-5-----------5----------|

                               4 3 4 1 4 3 4 2 1 1 
                               3
                               1
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
                                         pp
                             pp          V
    |     |     |     |      |     |     |     |  
E|-------0----------------|-------------5==========|
B|-----1---1--------------|-------------5==========|
G|---2-------2---2--------|-------------5==========|
D|-2-----------2---2---2--|-------------7==========|
A|-0-----------------3---3|p0==========-0==========|
E|------------------------|------------------------|

    2 3 1             4                  
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    |     |     |     |     
E|-------------------------|
B|-------------------------|
G|-------------------------|
D|-7=======================|
A|-0=======================|
E|-------------------------|


***********************************
| p    pull-off
| h    hammer-on
| s    slide
| =    sustain
***********************************
 
                       The end ...


        -|------------------------|------------------------|
        -|---Blimey! Quite tough at times but I tried to --|
        -|---find the easiest positions. Good Luck!--------|
        -|------------------------|------------------------|
        -|------------------------|------------------DaviD-|
        -|------------------------|------------------------|

            
            
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qwiun 0 Apr 03, 2002 07:00 PM

this is the best i thank u much i tried to make a tab but this is great

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ToothFairy 71 Jun 09, 2004 08:00 PM

It's practically the best version, especially lifted up 2/3-s of an octave to fit the guitar's notewidth. Now this is the one to play. Guys, don't bother learning it all, not to say about the full version, unless you have a very good reason -> 90 sec of this beauty should be enough to get a girl in the moooooood ;-)

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Picarddelta 10 May 18, 2005 08:00 PM

well said toothfairy.....great tabbing mate. This one is beautifully precise and wonderfully tabbed!

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