Approaching Etude No. 6 Villa-Lobos

Approaching Etude No. 6 Villa-Lobos

This post deals with how to approach learning the awesome Etude No. 6 by Villa-Lobos. It has a series of videos that will walk you through how to learn and effectively practice this study, with extra lessons on barre technique and nailing the RH patterns. It is the sixth 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 5 lessons already up and ready 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.

Zigante Edition on Amazon

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.

Full of detail and long post on editions

Review of the Best Recordings of the Etudes

Short Cut Tip

The short cut tip is practice your hands separately in small chunks, slowly and mindfully. Do not rush this etude, it has a lot to offer your coordination, RH mechanism and barre technique.

Learning Etude 6 & RH Patterns

how to learn etude no. 6 by Villa-Lobos

The video below walks through learning etude no. 6. The approach taken to this study is the same as no. 1. Hands are separated and you work on basic open string exercises, to learn the patterns, and the LH chord shapes. Check the video out for full details. And again all example are fully tabbed out in the free study guide, get it now in your inbox and follow along.

Opening Bars & Chord Shapes

how to learn etude no. 6 by Villa-Lobos

The video below walks through learning the first few bars, their chord shapes and the first diminished chord section of etude no. 6. It covers LH & RH fingering, along with guide fingers. Check the video out for full details.

Turn Around 1 with Diminished Section 3 & 4

how to learn Villa-Lobos etude no. 6

The video below walks through learning the first turn around (cadential sequence) for etude no. 6. and the next two diminished chord sections. Being clear on which LH fingers ti use is going top crucial here. Tips on shifting and how not to squeak are also available in it. Check the video out for full details.

Micro Study 9, RH planting, & The End

The video below walks through the last few bars of the piece. It also offers advice on how to approach playing the RH pattern for the middle section. Along with covering the fingering for the last few bars. Check the video out for full details.

The end?

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Etude No. 7 Next

Next in the series is Etude No. 7 by Villa-Lobos. This study focuses on playing scales, and is the first advanced melodic etude of the twelve. It is a great  piece and will really challenge your overall playing technique for classical guitar.


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