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Villa-Lobos Etude 3 Micro Study 1a

Villa-Lobos Etude 3 slurs practice in Micro Study 1a is a guitar lesson designed to help with playing slurs, in this case to help with Etude 3 by Villa-Lobos. These are extra lessons all part of the #villalobos12in12 challenge.

Villa-Lobos Etude 3 Slurs

This is a short micro study which will help get closer to all those slurs, hammer-ons & pull-offs, in etude 3. It is a very small focused lesson which will get the study up and running a little faster, and improve your overall slur technique.


Chromatic segment in position V

Staying in one position will help focus your efforts on the slurs.

The starter exercise: works the main fingers of the LH. Make sure that your slurred notes are as loud as the plucked notes. Start at a slow tempo to begin with.

Below is the extension exercise which works all fingers. It is slightly more challenging as it works the middle fingers of the LH. Really focus on the second note of each slur, they need to be the same volume.

Going Backwards

Forward & Reverse the Ideas

The ideas need to be reversed to gain the full benefit from them. Remember this is a pluck down technique. If slurring is still new check out the links at the bottom of the page for a refresher to the technique.

VillaLobos 3 Micro study 1ac

KEY Strategy

Co-ordination of RH & LH

The hands are co-ordinated in the exercises above. Get the slurs up and running first then concentrate on the co-ordination of the hands.

Other Info

Note: This study uses the both hands, string crossing, and all fingers of the LH. So go slow if you haven’t learnt this scale fragment before


Speed not Force.

Slurs sound best when played with fast LH strokes, not forced LH strokes. Make sure you are relaxed but poised with your strokes.

And Remember: move the stroke from the big knuckles, not the joints!

Want More?

Hammer-ons & pull-offs still new? Check out these starter posts to the technique.

Hammer-on refresher post

Pull-off refresher post

#villalobos12in12! what is that?

I bet, like me, you want to play all 12 of Villa-Lobos’ awesome studies? Find it a little tough to get some of them started, or even finished? Want some help? #villalobos12in12 is a community led challenge that aspires to inspire and help get these fantastic pieces up and running. And it all starts here at CGRocks.

Check out this more detailed post on this – #VillaLobos12in12

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