Prelude No. 1 in E minor - Basic Membership


Prelude No. 1 by Heitor Villa Lobos belongs to his 'Cinq Preludes' written in first half of the 20th century by the great Brazilian composer. The Prelude, whilst not being extremely difficult is still very beautiful and contains many of the idiosyncratic compositional techniques that Villa Lobos is known for such as open strings, melodies in the lower registers and multiple notes of the same pitch played on different strings simultaneously.


  • In this piece try to emphasise the melody with the right hand thumb
  • When playing the block chords unite your i, m, and a picking fingers as one for clarity and execution
  • Use rasgueados to punctuate your performance and seek a beautiful round tone for the upper register chords in the E-major (B) section

Let your fingers fly!