Claasical guitar rocks lesson on Etude 12 by Villa-Lobos

Approaching Etude No. 12 Villa-Lobos

This post deals with how to learn the awesome Etude No. 12 by Villa-Lobos. It has a series of videos that will walk you through how to practice and effectively perform this study. It is the twelfth in the series for the #villalobos12in12 challenge.

Villa-Lobos 12 studies in 12 Months

I bet, like me, you want to play all 12 of Villa-Lobos’ awesome studies? And not just kind of perform them, but actually play and understand them! And more importantly improve your technique with them.

Have you found it a little tough to get some of them started, or even finished? CGRocks is here to help. We have created a unique series of study guides for learning these awesome etudes with a series of YouTube videos that will walk you through exactly what you should be focusing on from a musical and technical perspective. Below are the other 11 lessons already up and ready for you to dive into for the #villalobos12in12 challenge.

If you haven’t got it already, here is the best edition to buy currently for Villa-Lobos’ 12 Etudes.

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If you’re wondering why! Check out this detailed post on all the current editions available, and why I have chosen this particle one; or which recording to buy.

Short Cut Tip

The short cut tip is to practice the sections in isolation and then put them together. But also practice the fourth section melody technique first. Towards that end, here is short micro study exercise that practices the main idea behind Villa-Lobos’ Etude No. 12 melody pattern, with stretching, below.

Learning Villa-Lobos Etude No. 12 Intro Chords

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The video below walks through learning section 1 of etude no. 12 by Villa-Lobos. The focus here is the LH fine control required to shift those chords, as well as where and how to play the shapes. Along with fingering tips. And again all examples are fully tabbed out in the free study guide, get it now in your inbox and follow along.

Learning Villa-Lobos Etude No. 12 Chords & Scale Sequence

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The video below walks through learning section 2 & 3 of etude no. 12 by Villa-Lobos. The focus here is the LH chord shape and its development, as well how to tackle and learn the sixteenth note scale sequence in the 3rd section. Along with fingering tips. And again all examples are fully tabbed out in the free study guide, get it now in your inbox and follow along.

Learning Villa-Lobos Etude No. 12 Major Chords & Bridge Section

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The video below walks through learning the parallel major chord section, into the dominant bridge of etude no. 12 by Villa-Lobos. The focus here is the LH chord shapes and how to shift them, as well how to tackle and learning the start of the 3rd sections 9/8 melody. Along with fingering tips. And again all examples are fully tabbed out in the free study guide, get it now in your inbox and follow along.

Learning Villa-Lobos Etude No. 12 3rd Section Melody & Ending

The video below walks through learning the melody of section three, together with the RH control required to bring it out. As well as how to play the ending chords and RH patterns for it. Along with fingering tips. And again all examples are fully tabbed out in the free study guide, get it now in your inbox and follow along.

The end?

Well actually, yes it is the end. If you want to get a free copy of etude No. 1 why not join our community below. It is all about learning guitar together. Otherwise follow the links to the etude you wish to learn, all 12 are now up and available for you to dive into.

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Prelude No. 1 Next

A new series begins next year with Prelude No. 1 by Villa-Lobos. This epic piece utilizes a lot of ideas from the 12 etudes so if you haven’t already it is worthwhile going over No. 6, No. 9 & No. 11.

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