Thank you so much for the replies gentelmen, I'm glad you like it. And thank you Rob for embeding it.
Yes, it's played without nails in the right hand. This technique has been present since centuries ago, and the introduction of plastic synthetic strings contributed to the fact that it almost disapeared in the second half of the XXth centurty. (Due to the low elasticity, the high polishing and low cost of nylon when compared to gut).
As you know, Tárrega first played with nails and then cut his nails in the last period of his life. With this audio I would like to make people think that in the Tárrega school, plucking strings with flesh or plucking them with nails are just two paralell paths. It shouldn't be any debate or contradiction, but people should certainly be informed of the fact that the flesh playing existed, exists and that it is a viable and respectable option same as nail playing.
Same goes for silk and gut strings. They have allways been arround and the marvelous music of Tárrega, Llobet or Pujol for example can be approached in a much more logic way with thoose strings since it was composed with thoose strings. The musical reasons for fingerings and positions that may seem shoking, outdated or even nonesense can be understood with gut and silk strings. Their response is different to synthetic strings in every possible way.
But of course it's not easy to play with them, I used to play with synthetic strings and nails and it took me close to one year to develop the sound you hear in the recording. That of course, means that I did not give any concerts during that time... I still have so much to improve but I like to think that I'm on the good way.
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