Etude No. 12

Heitor Villa-Lobos (1887 - 1959)
Modern period

Skill level: Advanced

Time signatures: 9/8, 6/8, 3/4, 2/4, Animé / Più mosso / Un peu plus animé

Suggested tempo: dotted quarter note = 120 - 144 bpm

Key: Am

Positions I - XII

2 voices: melody and simple bass; block chords with simple voicing

Tuning: Standard

Approximate duration: 2 min

This etude focuses on shifting/portamentos with block chords; There is a manuscript version (available on IMSLP) of Villa-Lobos' 12 Etudes that have some slight modifications.

Chord Transitioning
Finger Independence
Right Hand Arpeggios
Left Hand Arpeggios
Bass Stopping
Extended Techniques

Sheet music

Manuscript IMSLP Amazon

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