Dionisio Aguado’s beginner classical guitar study “Etude in E Minor” (or Estudio in E Minor”) is a fantastic arpeggio piece! The continual right hand pattern (p-i-m-a-m-i) seems easy at first, but requires careful articulation of each note to keep the piece interesting.
The etude progresses with bold chords, E minor, A minor, and B7, while projecting a deliberate melodic bass line. Some of these shifts can be slightly tricky, especially the move from E minor to B7.
Use guide fingers and planting as much as possible to help with speed and ease of playing. In my version of the score below, I’ve indicated when it’s advantageous to leave your finger down with a horizontal line by the bass note (–).
Holding these notes will make the whole piece a lot easier, and it will allow you to switch chords shapes even faster!
In addition, this etude is a good opportunity to make sure that your fingers aren’t causing any interference on these common chord shapes.
Lastly, I recommend you also experiment with dynamics to tell a story with this piece–this is especially important with repetitive arpeggio studies!
Below is an image preview of page one, but you can download the whole score here!