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Heitor Villa-Lobos: Etude no.1

Learn to play Etude #1, by Heitor Villa-Lobos for classical guitar.  This etude makes an effective life-long tool you can use to hone your right hand pattern-playing.  It also helps to synchronize your hands and secure your position shifts on the guitar neck.

Villa-Lobos, the great Brazilian composer, wrote 12 etudes (studies), which he dedicated to Andres Segovia.  These etudes have become the bane and whetstone of classical guitarists since they were first published.  These etudes offer challenge, opportunity for focus, and progress over time.

This course is on the first etude.  It’s characterized by a repeating right hand pattern, with chords in the left hand.  This is punctuated by a short scale run in the middle, and a sparkling finish using harmonics and grand chords at the end.


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This piece is under copyright, so the sheet music is not included.  However, the course materials will still allow to learn the piece without the full score.  If you would like the sheet music, a link will be provided in the course materials.  You can also easily find the sheet music available for free download online.


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3.) If this is not the most in-depth, comprehensive, easy to follow learning experience, I want you to let me know and ask for a full refund.  I want you to be absolutely critical of the entire learning experience.

By working through this course…
  • You will have a better understanding of music and musical processes.
  • You will have new ways of seeing and hearing music.
  • You will feel that you have gotten noticeably better at practicing guitar and learning new music.

And if you don’t get all these benefits, and you’re not completely excited and think this is the best investment you’ve ever made in your music education, I ask that you let me know and request a full refund.

If for any reason you’re not completely convinced of the value and effectiveness of this course, ask for a refund.

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Please hold me (Allen) and this course to the highest standards, purchase with confidence, and let me know how it goes.

Play Villa-Lobos’  Etude #1: $39

This course on Etude #1 costs $39 for lifetime access to the course and all supplementary materials.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Can I download the course videos or access offline?

Currently, videos only stream and cannot be downloaded. You will need internet access to view the videos.

Does this course include the sheet music?

Yes.  This course includes both musical notation and TABs, as well as the music broken into small practice sections that go along with the videos. 

Are TABs included?

Yes.  TAB is included, as well as standard musical notation.

How long do I have access to the course?

Once you purchase the course, you have lifetime access. You can proceed at your own pace. You can start and stop as you wish, and know that it will always be here.

If you mark lessons “complete” as you go, your progress will be saved and you can pick up where you left off.

Can I go at my own pace?

Yes. There is no limit on time, and you can progress at whatever pace is most comfortable for you.

If you need to take a break from the course (to travel, or to focus on other things), you can pick up where you left off.

Move through the lessons as slowly or as quickly as you wish.

How can I tell if this piece is good for my level?

As you watch the video and look and the excerpt above, ask yourself the questions:
“Have I played music using these notes?”
“Do I recognize any of the “shapes in the left hand?”
“Are there markings or techniques I don’t recognize or understand?”
“Does this piece get me excited, and just a little scared?”

Most pieces of music can be a wonderful experience for a wide range of players. If you’re a beginner, your challenge will be getting the notes and controlling your hands. If you’re a more advanced player, the notes may come more quickly, but you may need to work on playing more beautifully (phrasing, connecting the notes, balancing the voices, etc).

There is always more to learn. As long as you take your time and focus on specific challenges one at a time, you can enjoy moving forward and learning a wide variety of music.

Can I view this course on my phone or tablet?

Yes, all courses and videos will work just fine on all common devices.

What if I have questions about the course?

If you have any questions on the course, or on any of the lessons within the course, you can leave a comment on any page. (Comments on the website are best, because others can see them as well.)
If you would rather not leave the question as a comment, you can email me directly. I will promptly do my best to answer any questions you have.

What if I buy this course and it's too hard for me?

If you get in over your head, that’s okay. You can return the course and get a refund, or you can keep it and come back to it later.

If you feel overwhelmed, you can also email me for advice or input.

Also, if you feel like it may be too difficult, you may be able to simplify your practice. Focusing on one small aspect (such as the right hand alone) of one small section at a time is very helpful.

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