≡ Main Menu

A Video Lesson on Villa-Lobos Etude No. 1, and how to Integrate Your Technique with Natural Musical Expressiveness


If you really want others to enjoy what you play, you need to be enjoying yourself.

They call it self-expression, but how can you fully express yourself if you aren’t fully connected to yourself or to the music? How can you fully express yourself if everything is clowded out by technical concerns?

In this video, I work with a Villa-Lobos Study, breaking it down into its chord components, because this illustrates the concept very clearly.

But you don’t have to alter the music at all to do this exercise. You also can do this exercise with:

  • a very simple, shorter piece
  • with smaller sections of any piece
  • even with a musical phrase or snippet
  • anything that you are reasonably comfortable with and want to go deeper with
  • You can even do this with scales or other technical exercises–which forms a new kind of technical exercise:an “inner technique” exercise that develops musical self-expression and understanding.


{ 1 comment… add one }
  • Ahmad Mostafa Anis

    The way I heard you playing the chrds alone made me feel it was as beatiful as hearing its arpegio pattern, I will try to live the experience, thanks.

Leave a Comment

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.