Leo Brouwer's Simple Studes (Estudios Sencillos / Etudes Simples) - Free Music, Sheet Music and Tab
Leo Brouwer Etude #6
Leo Brouwer (1939 - present) is one of the most important living composers for the Classical Guitar. He was born and raised in Cuba, although he later studied at Juilliard in New York.
He is one of the most prolific living composers for the guitar. He has written countless pieces for for the instrument, including 11 concertos. However, his most influential pieces might be his 20 Simple Studies.
Leo Brouwer Etude #1
Brouwer's Simple Studies
These Etudes serve as a great introduction to 20th century music for modern guitar students. They also serve as an introduction to Cuban music. Furthermore, the studies are written by a virtuoso guitarist, and are clearly designed for students of the instrument. Study #6, perhaps the most popular one, focuses on arpeggios.
Etude Number 1 is also extremely popular. It has a fun, synchopated melody in the bass, a driving rhythm, and contrasting dynamics. It was the first Brouwer study that I learned.
Learning Brouwer's Simple Studies
When I first started learning Brouwer's Etudes Simples I made sure to pick pieces that were within my difficulty level. The Royal Conservatory of Music's Guitar Syllabus is extremely useful in that regard. For example, Etude #1 is level 3, but Etude #6 is level 6; that's a big difference!
Next, I got a recording of the pieces. There are numerous recordings of Brouwer's Etudes. I think that they are all good; the important thing is to be able to hear a professional guitarist's interpretation.
And of course you need the music! Here are links to free copies of Sheet Music and Tab versions of Brouwer's etudes:
Free Sheet Music and Tab
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