I probably should have mentioned this early on, and I may have. If you want to get anywhere learning the tremolo and/or Recuerdos de la Alhambra then you will need a metronome from the very get-go.
This is the one that I use. It has a nice, pleasing sound, LED pendulum motion that highlights downbeat, headset jack, volume control, and a built in tuner.
For something a little more portable, try the flying saucer metronome.
It has a nice sound and built in tuner.
As guitarists, we often find ourselves focusing exclusively on our left hand as we play. Why do we stare intently at our left hand but rarely, if ever, look at our right hand? Are we more concerned with getting the note right than with our tone, volume or color? Or are we less likely to play the wrong string than the wrong fret? What would happen if we focused on our right hand when playing?
Try watching what your right hand is doing while you are playing. You may also notice an improvement in your sound and you may notice that your right hand is not behaving exactly as you thought it may have been. Bring this right hand focus with you to your tremolo technique. Notice what’s going on as you tremolo. Slow down the tempo of your tremolo and now watch what’s going on. Chances are you will improve because of the new focus.
Unos extractos del libro
Recuerdos de La Alhambra – Francisco Tarrega (1852-1909)
VI. Secretos para dominar Recuerdos de La Alhambra
El primer secreto para dominar Recuerdos no es el dominio de la tecnica del tremolo, sino el planear una digitacion eficiente para la mano izquierda. El sentido de esta prioridad es facilitar la ejecucion de la pieza, asi como permitir mantener una suave transicion de una forma (o digitacion) a otra. Esto va a garantizar una linea melodica coherente y un control del fraseo. Puede ser que te des cuenta, en la medida en que te familiarizas con la pieza, de la necesidad de variar la digitacion, por esto es muy importante definir, tan pronto como sea posible, una que resulte acertada. Toca la pieza compas por compas con el metronomo, con la mano izquierda solamente, para probar como moverla con suavidad de una forma (o digitacion) a la siguiente.
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Recuerdos de la Alhambra performed by Pepe Romero
Using Google’s tools, I created a search engine for classical guitar sheet music only. I think it’s really cool. Check it out!
The Complete Works of Agustin Barrios Mangore Vol. 2 Compiled and edited by Rico Stover. For Guitar (Classical). Solos. Classic. Level: Advanced. Book/CD Set. Size 8.75×11.75. 264 pages. Published by Mel Bay Publications, Inc. (20765BCD)
I was listening to some Gipsy Kings’ music and am amazed with the speed they can play melodic phrases. This made me think of flamenco music in general and its staple, the rasgueado. Another staple is, of course, the tremolo technique. You’ll see more of p-i-a-m-i and p-a-m-i-m-a but you’ll also find p-a-m-i, our old friend. I’ve read that the rasgueado technique helps develop the extensor muscles of the fingers. These muscles help the fingers extend out from the palm. I’ve also read where developing the extensor muscles helps with playing scales quickly as well as helps with the tremolo technique. Moving your fingers out away from your palm is required when playing scales and when playing the tremolo, so I can see how this might help. Read the story »
I recently performed Jorge Morel’s transcription of Misionera which contains two tremolo sections that are each repeated. When performing any piece (let alone one involving the specific technique of tremolo), I find it very important to keep loose and flexible. This would apply to not only the hands and fingers but also the forearms, upper arms, shoulders, back and neck. If I tighten up, my tremolo technique becomes choppy and uneven. How to combat this?
1 – Consider checking in with your specific tight spots throughout the piece. Ask yourself, “How is my right shoulder?” It is tight, tense, raised?
2 – Loosen up before the performance by stretching and warming up.
3 – Before starting, check in with your body. Run through the entire body and perform a system analysis. If you find a trouble spot, take a deep breath and try to release the tension with your exhale.
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