Flatpicking Guitar Arrangement of Cello Suite No. 1 in G Major

Flatpicking Guitar Arrangement of Cello Suite No. 1 in G Major

I arranged a flatpicking version of Bach’s Cello Suite No. 1 as a right hand picking exercise for myself and thought I’d share it with all of you.

Since this was written for a cello, it has a single note melody that runs through all the different changes. I think that is why Bach has become so popular with Bluegrass musicians. It really lends itself well to being played with a flatpick. However, I haven’t found a good version of it for flatpicking. All the arrangements I found were for fingerstyle classical guitar. Obviously this version is pretty similar to the others since it’s the same song. The biggest differences are in the elimination of the bass note played with the right thumb and the hammer-ons and pull-offs throughout.

Some tips on playing it:

This is solid up down picking the whole way through with lots of string jumps that alternate between hitting the lower string with the downstroke and upstroke. There are also lots of hammer ons and pull offs that alternate between upstrokes and downstrokes. Just remember to always keep your pick moving through them so you don’t lose the rhythm of hitting downstrokes on the downbeats and upstrokes on the upbeats.

If you know what all of that means, you’re ready for this. Give it a go and tell me what you think.


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