Bach for Guitar: Cello Suites 1 and 2 BWV 1007 and BWV 1008
by Johann Sebastian Bach
Cello - Digital Sheet Music

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Composed by Johann Sebastian Bach. Arranged by Pete Downes. Baroque,Sacred,Standards. Guitar Tab. 40 pages. Pete Downes #6607085. Published by Pete Downes (A0.975729).

The purpose of this book is to make these pieces accessible to guitarists of all ages whether notation readers, tab readers or improvisers. They can be performed either finger style or with a plectrum.


These pieces range from Grade 5 to 8 and beyond. Many are listed in the grade repertoire of various exam boards. Please check with your board’s current list.

Adaptations and additions

As the original cello pieces are mostly monophonic, optional additional bass notes have been added to the score or suggested through chord symbols. The fingering generally allows for either approach. However, using a plectrum may require omitting some additional bass notes.

Additional notable alterations

Cello Suite no. 1 BWV 1007

Transposed to C Major. Original Cello key: G Major.

Prelude: pedal bass from bar 31 changed to low G instead of D to function more appropriately on a guitar in standard tuning.

Sarabande: optional 6ths harmony added in bar 2.

Menuet 2: the note A flat is used instead of A natural for the final note in bars 3 and 7. This is my personal preference. Revert to original A natural if preferred.

Cello Suite no. 2 BWV 1008

Transposed to A minor. Original Cello key: D minor.

Prelude: pedal E bass added to bars 30 to 34 and 43 to 47.

Audio Recording available

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