Etude No. 2 (Kreutzer) | Hub Guitar

Etude No. 2 (Kreutzer)

Originally from a book of 42 etudes for violin, this piece of classical repertoire adapts handily to the guitar due to its mostly stepwiseMusic is stepwise when it primarily proceeds up and down the scale ladder via adjacent tones, as opposed to leaping from high to low and back. movement.

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Position Playing

Although it can be played in a single positionThe position is the fret which the index finger is assigned to. The next three fingers are assigned to the next three frets. The index finger stretches if necessary to reach to notes in lower positions, and the index finger can stretch higher to reach notes above the position., it will be better to use some shifting around the positions of the neck due to the wider rangeRange is the total melodic distance an instrument is capable of, from lowest possible note to highest possible note. It can also mean the total distance between the highest and lowest notes in a melody or musical part. and frequent use of melodic sequenceSequences are repeated melody pieces that retain the original shape and structure but start (and therefore end) on a different note..

Steel String or Nylon String?

Steel-string guitar players should play this piece with a pick to develop optimum picking technique. Nylon-string players can use an alternation between the index and middle fingers.


  • Follow the suggested plucking pattern (downstroke, upstroke) written above each note. When a plucking pattern is given, it is suggested to follow this pattern until another pattern is given. For example, m1 is down/up/down/up, but in measure 3 we have a new pattern.
  • Pay careful attention to the fret-hand finger markings that are given in circles, such as on m12. These help you play comfortably and also make smooth position shifts.
  • Mind the roman numerals indicating what position to play in (position means what fret the index finger is aligned to.)
  • m24 is a single-measure repeat; so just play m23 again.
  • A metronome will help you bring this up to speed. Other than that, it just takes time and repetition.


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