David Leisner teaches Etude No. 2 from his series on Heitor Villa-Lobos’ 12 Etudes.
In the first half of this lesson, Leisner covers the primary musical and technical considerations students should make when learning this piece. Then in the second half, he shares exercises you can try for eliminating neck tension and relaxing your “gaze,” both important aspects for making complex pieces such as this one feel more effortless.
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About David Leisner
David Leisner is an extraordinarily versatile musician with a multi-faceted career as an electrifying performing artist, a distinguished composer, and a master teacher.
“Among the finest guitarists of all time”, according to American Record Guide, David Leisner’s career began auspiciously with top prizes in both the 1975 Toronto and 1981 Geneva International Guitar Competitions.
His recent seasons have taken him around the US, including his solo debut with the Atlanta Symphony, a major tour of Australia and New Zealand, and debuts and reappearances in China, Japan, the Philippines, Germany, Hungary, Switzerland, Austria, Denmark, Sweden, Ireland, the U.K., Italy, Czech Republic, Greece, Puerto Rico and Mexico.
He is currently the co-chair of the guitar department at the Manhattan School of Music.