Cello Suite No. 1 (Prelude) by Bach guitar tabs

Last updated on February 8th, 2024


Cello Suite No. 1 (also known as Prelude in G Major or BWV 1007) is one of the most popular pieces composed by Johann Sebastian Bach. It’s a highly recognizable piece that you’ve most likely heard in a movie or commercial.

Although this piece was originally written for the cello, this lesson covers an arrangement that has been adapted for the guitar with tabs.

An interesting feature of this guitar arrangement is that the lowest string gets tuned to a low C note. Changing to this tuning creates a beautiful range of notes that you’re not used to hearing with standard tuning.

Grab your guitar and let’s get started!



Cello Suite No. 1 – Bach guitar tabs

The numbers above some notes on the top staff indicate which fingers to use on the fretting hand. You can refer to this simple guide to understanding music symbols if needed.

Cello Suite No. 1 - Bach (Prelude) page 1
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Cello Suite No. 1 - Bach (Prelude) page 3
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To learn other popular pieces by Bach, check out AirBouree in E minor, Minuet in G or Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring.

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All the best,

JG Music Lessons

Reference: A Guide to Bach’s Cello Suites: 6 Iconic Bach Cello Suites. Masterclass.com

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