arpeggios with picados

A great way to practise opening and closing the right hand.


pdf file arpegios-con-picado-02

pdf file arpegios-con-picado-03

pdf file arpegios-con-picado-y-ligados


2 Comments

  1. Pierre
    Posted April 29, 2009 at 10:48 am | Permalink

    Hi!
    Nice work on this great flamenco site. I have one question, though.
    When you are playing arpeggio with picado (like the theme in a song) or picado and thumb, does the thumb always rest on the low e-string even though it will “kill” the bassnote ringing?
    Hope you understand my q!
    Thanks alot
    //P

    • Posted May 5, 2009 at 11:05 am | Permalink

      As a general rule, you should be thinking around playing apoyando strokes with your thumb. However, if you have to return to the same string after playing it, then begin to move back immediately without resting on the lower adjacent string.

      When you come to play the picado section, I used to find that resting my thumb on the string helped with anchoring my hand position. Recently I have been recovering from injury and I have been observing how other people have learned to play in a far more light and relaxed fashion than I. Since my injury is due to tension, I have been rethinking my whole approach to technique. This has led me to the conclusion that perhaps the best thing to do is not to rest on the bass string.

      My final advice: practise both methods. Experiment for yourself to discover what works for you and start to use that. Be aware of rising levels of tension that can give rise to serious and debilitating injuries. Don’t ask me how i know, I just know.

      I hope that helps.

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