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The flamenco guitar tremolo technique is done slightly differently than the traditional p-a-m-i classical guitar tremolo, in a sense that the traditional flamenco . This is a Classical/Flamenco tremolo forum at strike with the thumb. Ok, let me post a little exercise that helped me learn. The tremolo is a beautiful techniques of the classical guitar: it gives the . exercises is to perform a chromatic scale by applying the tremolo.

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If you wish, you may download the PDF versions with embedded videos. The PDFs are the same as what you see on this webpage although the videos in the PDFs are not quite as high a resolution as those on this page. Also, a very few computers simply will not play the embedded videos tremoll the PDFs. The PDFs are large files.

Depending on your Internet service, it may take over an tremopo to download each one. Read this first how to navigate PDFs How to Master the Tremolo Part 1: Laying the Foundation flammenco How to Master the Tremolo Part 2: How to Practice How to Master the Tremolo Part 3: Incorporating the Left Hand How to Master the Tremolo Part 4: One of tremoko great mysteries of life for guitarists is how to develop a good tremolo.

A guitarist should be able to develop an excellent tremolo in six months to one year if they practice at it for thirty to sixty minutes every day. Here are some tips to help you learn to play a good tremolo once and for all. I think a good tremolo technique encompasses these elements:.

I will talk about that later. I spoke with the outstanding guitarist, Ana Vidovic about her tremolo. I asked her how she came to use that pattern.

She just did it, it worked, and she has used it ever tremo,o. She thought that was odd.

She understood my point but thought her pattern felt more natural to play. I will speak more about mastering this pattern later in the article. To do this,some teachers recommend that the wrist be turned to the right.

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They further recommend that in order to do this, the player elevate the neck about ten degrees to help the wrist attain better flexibility and comfort.

However, placing the wrist in this position tends to make the fingers strike the strings straight on to the fingernails producing a brighter and thinner tone. However, as I will say over and over about tremolo techniques, try it out and see what you think. You never know until you try it. I prefer to find a hand position for a student that produces exeecises only mechanical efficiency, but produces a beautiful tone. Also be sure your fingers are not splayed apart. Splayed fingers are usually an indicator of dysfunctional tension.

Monitor this at slow and fast speeds. Some players do fine at slow speeds, but as they play faster the fingers tense and begin to splay apart. Watch this video on hand position. Exercuses considering submitting flamenci one to the Cannes Film Festival. Be sure to watch the video on full screen.


Click the symbol in the lower right-hand corner after the video begins playing. Hit escape “ESC” on your keyboard rtemolo return to normal viewing. As in normal playing, fingernail noise should be minimal when playing the tremolo. Flamehco of the speed of tremolo execution, the fingers can err and miss that sweet spot, producing clicks or nail noises. The following discussion exercisrs finger and thumb movements should help increase your accuracy of fingernail and thumb contact with the strings and minimize extraneous noise.

Not only that, greater awareness of and accuracy in hitting that sweet spot will also help maintain the same tone quality from note to note, producing a more even-sounding tremolo. When we practice tremolo exercises, we understandably tend to focus on rhythmic evenness and speed.

But be sure to listen for extraneous fingernail and thumbnail noises and tone quality evenness as well.

No matter which tremolo pattern you use, one of the basic requirements exercisse produce an effortless and accurate tremolo is to make small finger movements. The range of motion must be short. If your fingers make large flamenc through motions or begin their stokes far from the string or high above the string, you are asking for trouble. The greater the distance each finger has to travel, the more difficult it will be to play fast.

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The same holds true for the thumb. Although speed is not an issue for the thumb in the tremolo, accuracy and tone quality certainly are. Having flaenco first string in front of the fingers and the third string behind them necessarily requires the use of smaller finger motions. Practicing on the first string is flxmenco much easier, but allows the fingers far more freedom to make large motions.

The finger plucks the second string and the tension exercisws the finger is immediately released Pepe Flamemco describes it as emptying the finger of its tension. Then, the finger falls back to its position in front of the second string by the force of gravity, not conscious effort and remains there, ready to play again. Very little follow through exists in this stroke. Travel exercisees is minimized. The finger exercisees not travel sxercises the adjacent string.

I use a little mental trick to help me execute this technique. I tell myself not to follow through at all with my finger stroke. Here are detailed instructions and a video on how to use this technique. The thumb plays in a similar fashion. But its stroke is sometimes pluck-return rather than pluck-release. After playing the sixth string, by all means relax the thumb so it can follow through to a point between the third and fourth strings ready to pluck the third string.

But, after playing the third string, the thumb tremloo to return to a point behind the sixth string ready to pluck the sixth string. If the thumb relaxes after plucking the third string it will fall to a position around the first string which puts it totally out of position to pluck the sixth string. Therefore, after plucking the third string, consciously move the thumb into position behind the sixth string. Planting may be done in three ways:.


Again, this tgemolo a practice technique or strategy. It is not used in performance. It definitely helps limit the movements of the fingers.

Each finger stroke pulls the next finger immediately into position. As the speed is increased the individual finger preparations and the resulting staccato become less distinct.

Having explained all this about planting, I must confess I use no planting at all in my tremolo. For me, planting has no effect on my speed, accuracy, or control of my finger movements.

But I highly recommend that you try it. Once again, we have two schools of thought. One school says the thumb is always played free stroke.

This makes sense from the standpoint that in a tremolo, the thumb usually plays the background accompaniment and should therefore be played quietly.

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The other school says the thumb should play rest stroke whenever possible because planting provides stability to the hand. They maintain that with practice, it is no problem to play quiet thumb rest strokes. Most guitarists use thumb free stroke. However, as I will repeat many times, try both techniques to see which works best for you.

Although a few exceptions can be found, in most tremolo passages in the repertoire, the fingers carry the melody and the thumb plays the accompaniment. Therefore, when practicing any of the tremolo exercises in this article, it is important to train the thumb to play quietly. As the speed of an exercise is increased, the thumb naturally will tend to play louder. It becomes more difficult to curb this tendency at fast speeds.

For this reason, when practicing these exercises at the recommended slow starting speeds, the thumb should play pianissimo or pianississimo.

Proper balance of volume between the thumb and fingers is an essential element of a good tremolo. As described previously, the thumb must always anticipate where it is needed next. After playing a string it should position itself behind the next string it is about to play. Obviously, this is important in order to help the thumb play accurately. It is also important so the thumb can play with minimal effort with small movements. Because the thumb plays the second string repeatedly, it should pluck the string and bounce back behind the string ready to play again.

Play the thumb stroke with exegcises follow through.

Excessive follow through results in the thumb having to scramble to return to position resulting in swatting motions. When should the thumb bounce back behind the second string? After trying the single-string tremolo, try similar exercises with the fingers still playing the second string but with the thumb playing other strings, again practicing very slowly at first and then speeding up.

As the distance between the string the fingers are playing and the string the thumb is playing increases, it becomes more difficult to control the thumb:.