I've redone my Alonso Mudarra tablature page with nice tablature in pdf files:
The original page with ASCII tablature caused quite a surge of interest in Mudarra back in the late 1990s.
Besides the much nicer tab, I've worked up simplified versions for pieces with "tough" spots (almost all of them!) Basically, I just weeded out an unimportant note here and there so the music can flow. Think of the simplified versions as "ready to go" freebies. Feel free to start with Mudarra's originals, by all means.
Here are some of the selling points of Mudarra's "Tres Libros de Musica en Cifras" (1546):
- Classy music that works in the introspective mode, or the power drive mode.
- The well-known "Fantasia X in the manner of Luduvico". There's one surprising spot that almost all of the transcribers "correct", but is brilliant as Mudarra intended
- The earliest known pieces for guitar, one of which is in an "old tuning" (4th string tuned to C).
- Mudarra's "Guardame las vacas", which you can compare with Narvaez well-known version.
- A second "Guardame las vacas", for guitar.
- Small pieces making an easy introduction to tablature, such as the 3 Fantasias facil and the lively Tientos in eight modes.
- Transcriptions of church music from the 16th. C. (That's time travelling!)
- A left hand workout!
- If you already play tablature, you can spin through these pieces at sight.
- If you're new to tablature, you'll be spinning through inj ust a few minutes. Tablature practically plays itself.