Skip to main content

Shelter of Clear Light

Books and Sheet Music of Jeffrey Goodman

A Beginner's Guitar Guide
CDs and MP3 Downloads
Books and Sheet Music
Bach Cello Suite VI
Bach Fugue in A minor
Bach French Suite III
De Visee - French Baroque
Flamenco Legacy
Goodman Guitar Music
Giuliani Sonata Opus 15
Handel Water Music
Ernst Krenek Suite
Pachelbel Canon in D
Vivaldi Concerto in D
Luys de Narvaez
Music for Woodwinds and S
Homage to Aguado
Bach's Cello Suite III BW
You Tube Videos
Free MP3s and Sheet Music
Musicians' Round Table
Contact Us
Johann Sebastian Bach - Cello Suite VI, BWV 1012

Arranged for Guitar by Jeffrey Goodman

(Click on the image below to view the book on Amazon.)

(Click on the image below to view the "Guided Tour" video on You Tube.)

Bach’s Suites á Violoncello Solo senza Basso are thought to have been composed during 1717-1723, when Bach served as Kapellmeister in Köthen.  Although no manuscript in Bach’s own hand has survived, there is a manuscript in the hand of Bach’s second wife Anna Magdalena Bach.  This is the historical source from which this arrangement has been made. 

Cello Suite VI, BWV 1012, is in the key of D major, and this arrangement keeps the original key.  I have also decided to arrange each of the movements using a low D tuning of the 6th string.  This adds a rich sonority, and by extending the bass range, allows for a more authentic rendering of melodic lines, and also preserves much of the original voicing of chords.

All of the music is richly notated with guitar fingerings and positions.  Although there is no one way to play or finger this music, players can use this edition as a launching point for their own fingerings and interpretations.