Flamenco Guitar Techniques: How to Play Arpeggio Sextuplets

Learn how to play arpeggio sextuplets in this flamenco guitar lesson video from Howcast.

Transcript

Hi, I'm Dan Garcia and we're talking about arpeggio. This next arpeggio we're going to talk about is the sextuplet and that means we're going to fit three triplets into the beat. Let me show you how to do this. We're going to start with our bass note. Remember our thumb always a rest stroke and then we're going to lean it on the string right below when we play it. Now our fingers are going to play five notes to complete the sextuplet.

So thumb, and we're going to start with index, middle, annular, back to middle, and then index. So one, two, three, four, five six. Just for the purpose of learning this our index is going to play the third string, second string on the middle finger, first string on the annular finger. So we're going to play a simple A minor chord and one, two, three, four, five, six; one, two, three, four, five, six; one, two, three, four, five, six; one, two, three, four, five, six; one, two, three, four, five six.

So it's very important when we do our arpeggios that our fingers don't hang out on the strings. Meaning don't lean your fingers on the string, to wait and strike the strings. Okay, the fingers should always be suspended in the air close to the strings, but not on the strings. It's a common mistake, because it feels safer to be right there. But what happens is you don't let the guitar ring.

Okay, so the fingers should be only on the string to strike the string. When it's not touching the string you leave it off the string. So let's try this again. So one, two, three, four, five, six; one, two, three, four, five, six; one, two, three, four, five, six; one, two, three, four, five, six. So have fun practicing your arpeggios.

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