What is your favorite etude?

Hi tonebase friends!


Let's have some fun this week - in preparation for our upcoming lesson release on Ernesto Garcia de Leon's Etude no. 18 this Friday, I thought I'd ask:


What is your favorite etude or series of etudes?


Feel free to reply with a short explanation below, and let me know if you have any trouble placing your vote. Also, check below for a selection of lessons on these etudes!



Selection of tonebase lessons on famous etudes:

Brouwer: Estudios Sencillos

Carcassi: Etudes Op. 60

Villa Lobos: 12 Etudes



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  • It’s so hard to beat Sor here when you consider all the following: number of studies, quality of composition, pedagogical value, and range of technical level. When playing his studies, I think all of us guitarists feel like we’re home.

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  • I voted Brouwer just because they are so accessible and playable by so many people. Villa lobos is also up there but many of them are too difficult for beginners. Sor of course is outstanding for sequential learning. 

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    • David Chidsey Yes they all have their particular strengths. I went with Sor because I think his studies check most of the boxes highest, but I wouldn’t  want to do without any of them.

  • This is a tough decision! I went with Sor, but they are all great. Let's not forget Carcassi!

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  • I agree with Eric - Sor's studies remain a fantastic source of pedagogical material for guitarists of all levels, nearly two hundred years after their original publication! And the best of them are musical gems. (I rather feel that op.6 and op.29 are for guitarists what Chopin's op.10 and op.25 are for pianists.)


    It's worth pointing out that the Tonebase list (above) is far from complete. To name the most egregious omissions: from the nineteenth century, Giuliani (especially op.1 and op.48), Aguado (mostly from the various editions of the Metodo), and Regondi (the ten etudes). And from the twentieth century, Sagreras, E. Pujol, Gnattalli, and the series co-authored by Dodgson and Quine. From the present century, I would mention Brouwer's 'Nuevos Estudios Sencillos'. And shouldn't the Tonebase sponsored studies by Sergio Assad and Gulli Bjornsson be on this list?!?

  • Sor and Carcassi studies were excellent for early training.  I worked on a few of the Villa Lobos Etudes, which are great and would love to have training on more of them.  For more refinement in playing with clean sound, damping, etc, it would be nice to have lessons on many of the Roland Dyans Letres.

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  • My go to Etudes are Ernesto Garcia's De Leon 20 studies. I've played the sor and carcassi Etudes, but De Leon are my all favorite's. There are fun and also full of technique for both left and right hands. His 24 preludes are also great!!!

  • I don't think I know the etudes enough to make a qualified answer.

  • I remember when I was young, my teacher introduced Leo Brouwer's etudes and opened up a whole new world for me. Those etudes really helped me to explore the sound and dynamic of classical guitar, really eye-opening! 

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  • Wish my favorite was on the list! Julio Salvador Sagreras slips in so many small, beautiful jewels in his Las [...]Lecciones de Guitarra.  Each one is a surprise and few are less than lovely.  I love to think about how much reward he built into those small etudes, whether the student is studying Las Primeras, Las Segundas or Las Terceras.  Recommended!

  • Given all the authors mentioned, starting with Sor and Giuliani,
    deserve to be studied, my ear is in tune with the musicality of Villa Lobos,
    like that of Roland Dyens and I invite you to discover the 22 studies of M ° Mario Gangi

  • Sor, Giulani, Carcassi  are all so important to study, and cover from beginner to advanced. They are a must in any vote,  and I guess if only one vote i would go with Sor   I an currently working on some Brouwer Studio Sencillos.    

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