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Leo Brouwer's Simple Studes (Estudios Sencillos / Etudes Simples) - Free Music, Sheet Music and Tab

Updated on May 8, 2012

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:


Which Brouwer Etude do you like more?

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I hope that you enjoyed my article about Brouwer's Simple Studies! Please leave a comment letting me know what you think!


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      Ari Lamstein 4 years ago from San Francisco, CA


      Thank you for commenting! I'm delighted to hear that you've played Brouwer's Etudes as well. I recently performed #5 as part of my RCM Level 4 exam and really enjoyed it.


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      Kayla 4 years ago

      I'm playing both etudes at the moment in my college. Personally, I find Etude 1 to be more enjoyable because it sounds as close to metal as I've learnt on the classical so far, I do however still enjoy playing Etude 6, but Etude 1 just comes out more naturally for me when I perform.

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      jandee 5 years ago from Liverpool.U.K

      Wish the vids. were not so short ! Will just have to seek him out !,

      best from jandee with thanks.

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      jandee 5 years ago from Liverpool.U.K

      Wow ! Lovely info. re Cuban Muso.

      I only found you through my love of dogs.

      best from jandee.

      (will be back for more)