Recuerdos de la Alhambra - Classical Guitar Tremolo





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Uploaded on Nov 19, 2006

Recuerdos de la Alhambra (Remembrances of the Alhambra) here played by Daniele Magli . Recuerdos de la Alhambra is the most famous guitar tremolo piece. Composed by Tarrega (ca. 1899). More classical guitar video history and technique at http://www.classicalguitarvideo.com

A Note About Practicing Tremolo By Stanley Yates :

Although this is not intended as a full discussion of tremolo technique, I would at least like to provide a few ideas that may be useful for those still developing the technique.

Think of the tremolo (p-a-m-i) as comprising three units: the "compound" a-m, i and p. Use the following practice sequence to help develop the technique:

1. a-m play a compound-stoke - as a single unit - but are "staggered" so that m plays after a. This can be achieved by holding m a little further away from the string, as well as by introducing a little tension into the m finger to help time its stroke. Practice a-m alone, in short bursts.

2. Add the i finger to produce a-m + i. Practice in short bursts, alternating between a version that places a short pause between a-m and i and one that plays through.

3. Add the thumb p. Again, alternate between a version that places a pause between a-m - i and p, and one that plays through.

4. Add a second round of a-m to produce a-m - i - p - a-m. Then add i, then p and so on, until you have a tremolo!

(By the way, a-m return to the string as p plays.)

Practice the ornaments in such places as measure 11 as short bursts of p - a-m, without the left hand at first.

Although there's much more to be said about tremolo than this, I do think that practicing in this way can be helpful.

Stanley Yates


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