Leo Brouwer Etude 1 is one of the first pieces that Neefa Van Der Schyff teacher taught me. It is also the first piece that I performed (very nervously) and a piece that I still play (now quite a bit less nervously :-).
It is an excellent piece for developing strength and control. Particularly for the right hand which the study specifically targets through the different dynamics. If you get the dynamic and speed right, it is an enjoyable piece for any audience.
This study is one of five studies contained in Leo Brouwer Etude Simples Volume1 which you can find at sheetmusicplus.com by clicking the link below. You'll see that they have a sample page from the Brouwer Etude Simples Vol 1 in the 'look inside' option. This sample page is of Etude 1, this study. So, if you're wanting to have a quick start this might be the way to go.
It is a rhythmic study providing the melody in the bass strings and the accompaniment on the open strings. The term ‘cantado el bajo’ in the score literally means the ‘singing the bass’. A useful strategy is to isolate the bass line melody and become familiar with this before adding the rhythmic component. It is VERY important to play it in a way that distinguishes the dynamic in the different sections.
This study has two goals :
Here as inspiration is Raymond Lohengrin performing the first four of the Brouwer Etudes.
Also useful is this lesson by Sammy Gonzalez where he gives tips on finger placements and a few other helpful hintsReturn to homepage
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You'll need to go a little deeper into music theory as you proceed. The best online resource for this is Guitar Theory Revolution. It recognises that music theory is very hard for guitarists because music theory has till now been located in the piano paradigm. The Guitar Theory Revolution overthrows the piano paradigm that is holding you back and embraces the attributes of the guitar to unpack music theory. In fact, it goes further and allows you to see that the guitar is one of the best instruments for learning theory.