#villalobos12in12 challenge

#villalobos12in12 Challenge

#villalobos12in12 is a community led challenge for all classical guitarists who wish to learn Villa-Lobos’ 12 etudes, in 12 months! Check out the details below.

Fill in your details and get your copy of the Etude 1 study guide straight to your inbox now – FREE!

#villalobos12in12! what is that?

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!

Have you found 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. We are going to cover 1 study a month, beginning January 2019.

We are kicking off the #villalobos12in12 challenge with Etude 1 and progress from there. Hopefully you gain a deeper understanding of these awesome pieces, be able to confidently perform them and improve your technique. ‘Cos that is what’s going to happen. Being able to play all 12 etudes will drastically improve your technique: if you practice mindfully, that is!

#villalobos12in12 content

The content is going to be structured so that you:

  • Get the piece up and running quickly but solidly
  • You fully understand the music and its demands
  • You gain deeper insight into what you should be practicing
  • You supercharge your technique (all of it – apart from tremolo!)
  • You learn to how to play all 12 etudes in a structured manner
  • You have community support

You will need a copy of the music (if you don’t already have it), grab one of the links below for either:

  1. The best villa-lobos etude book from Amazon
  2. The complete villa-lobos guitar book from Amazon
  3. The IMSLP 1928 manuscript. (there are copyright restrictions download only if the country you reside in allows it)

Here is Lesson 1, an intro and the short cut to learning this awesome study!

Community Project

There is a FREE down loadable pdf booklet with all the exercises covered in it (SEE BELOW), along with YouTube videos: mine, and hopefully yours. The whole point of this challenge is to help each other out. So post your updates, videos or helpful critiques in this FACEBOOK forum, using the hashtag


And help each other, and me, get all 12 etudes down and playable in 12 months.

Etude 1 (2019 Head Start)

If you want a head start take a look into this lesson on the RH pattern of Etude No. 1.

Join the CGRocks community and get your FREE Etude 1 booklet, for the lesson above, straight away now in your inbox – FREE!



Classical guitarist who strives to share a little #6stringinspiration.

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