Guitar Tablature: "Retreat" - dummies

Guitar Tablature: “Retreat”

By Mark Phillips, Jon Chappell

Playing “Retreat” on guitar is a great way to practice your major arpeggio patterns. “Retreat,” in this case, doesn’t mean “let’s get the heck out of here.” Instead, it’s used to signal the end of the official day. As you can imagine, this tune’s mood is mellower than the rousing “Reveille” and a bit more informal than the stately “To the Colors.”

This arrangement of “Retreat” uses major arpeggio patterns. Note the position shift on a common note (C) between bars 10 and 11. Try to finesse this shift so the listener isn’t aware that you’re changing positions and fingers. Doing so helps you develop legato playing over a position shift.


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