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Flamenco Guitar Techniques: How to Practice Tremolo

Learn how to practice tremolo in this flamenco guitar lesson video from Howcast.


Hi, I'm Dan Garcia and I'm going to show you how you can practice tremolo. Okay, tremolo's a technique that it really takes a while to get going, but you need to be patient and you can enjoy practicing it. So there's several ways to practice tremolo and I encourage you to be adventurous and be creative in your own way when you practice. It makes it a lot more fun, but here's a couple of way.

I'm going to show you one way where our thumb is going to be playing notes vertically, meaning in a chord, and you're going to be playing tremolo on the first string. So for every note your thumb plays, you're going to play four notes on the first string. Remember it's going to be I-A-M-I. So then you're thumb is going to move to the fifth string, one string and third string finally, and down and back down. So I'm going to do this very slow.

Okay, make sure when you're playing your notes on the first string, you have enough attack and volume on the string. If it sounds like a whisper in the back, we're not doing this right. Tremolo should be really in the front. Okay, so we want our notes to be nice and loud, so do it as slow as you have to do it. We really want to hear those notes in the front.

Now I invite you to figure out some kind of chord progression that you can move in, so you can make this a little more fun. You can either go up the scale to an F chord and all the way up and all the way down. Okay, but figure out your own chord progression. The importance of the exercise is the thumb moving down and up the strings, while the tremolo is happening.

Another way to practice your tremolo is with your thumb going horizontal doing chromatic scales or any other scale you want to do. Okay, you an go all the way, all the down, up down, up down. You can be creative with that, so it becomes more fun. But always make sure the volume and the attack and the tremolo is there.

Also, when you're comfortable doing your first string, switch to the second string. It's a little harder, because your fingers don't have that much freedom and they tend to bump into the first string. Okay, and then get creative. You can go down to your third string too, then move up to the second and to the first. You have to be ready for anything when you play tremolo, because you don't know where the melody is going to take you.

It might take you into the second string, so you have to switch your tremolo to the second string. Might take you into the third string, even the fourth, we don't know. But you have to be ready when you're practicing this technically, be ready for anything that might come your way. So again, I encourage you to be creative and adventurous in your practicing. It makes it a lot more fun.

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