Estudio 1 by Brazilian composer Heitor Villa-Lobos is an interesting piece of music to study for various reasons.
First of all, it sounds beautiful with its impressionistic, “waves-like” quality. No wonder many classical performers have included this piece in their standard concert repertoire.
Guitar Virtuoso Ana Vidovic
Her performance is extremely impressive not only because of the speed she plays this piece at, but more so because of her flowing and effortless right hand execution. If you play guitar yourself you know what I mean when I say this video can almost make you feel depressed and wanting to quit guitar.
But… that would be the wrong reaction. 🙂
The better alternative is to put more and better practice sessions in for this piece.
Remember how I said it’s an interesting piece to study just a minute ago?
The good news is that you don’t have to play Estudio 1 at the same break-neck speed as Ana. It will still sound beautiful. Actually, maybe even more so. I think that the impressionistic chord qualities will have more time to flourish and be appreciated by the listener at a slower tempo. So that’s a plus already, right there.
Constant Right Hand Picking Pattern
With a few short exceptions there’s always the same right hand picking pattern going on, which makes the Estudio an incredible work-out piece for your arpeggio skills.
Also notice the section from measure 23 to 45 (in the video from 00:42 to 1:17). See how it’s the same diminished chord shape descending the neck one fret at a time? That by itself is a testimony to the genius of Villa-Lobos. Having the guts to follow through with this idea and exploiting the colorful resulting harmonies to the max without feeling guilty and rushing after the next idea.
Share Your Experience with the Villa-Lobos Estudio 1
So take your time, use this stellar performance by Ana Vidovic as motivation and get started with the beautiful Estudio 1. And don’t forget to share your experience with this piece in the comment section below.