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Flamenco Guitar Techniques: How to Play Arpeggio Rolls

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


Hi, I'm Dan Garcia. I'm going to show you this technique I just played. This is an arpeggio roll. Okay, this is very common for introductions to pieces or endings, or maybe when you reach a really juicy chord in the middle of a piece, and you want to arpeggiate it a very fancy way.

So this is how you do it. Your thumb is going to play the bass strings down one-two-three and then your index is going to play the third string, middle is going to play the second string and your annular is going play the first string, but it's going to play it as a rest stroke.

Meaning your going to play it and lean on the string below, which is the second string. So one more time. Thumb-thumb-thumb-index-middle-A, rest stroke and then we're going to pull it, going to pull that A finger all the way down the strings with certain attack, so we get that crispiness of the arpeggio roll.

One more time, very slow. Thumb-thumb-thumb.Thumb, obviously has to do a rest stroke, which means you lean it on the next string, so thumb-thumb-thumb-index-middle-A, all the way down. Okay, so let's put a chord to this fast. Have fun playing your arpeggio rolls.

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