Help with LLobet's El Testament D'Amelia

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Help with LLobet's El Testament D'Amelia

Post by bflemin » Sun Nov 05, 2017 5:55 am

I seem to be struggling with the octave harmonics in this piece. My base notes are too loud, and the treble harmonics are not loud enough. This is the first piece where I've tried to learn this technique. I've watched a few videos, but I can't tell if the harmonics are plucked with the third or fourth finger. Any tips on how to play the harmonics would be most appreciated. Thanks!
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Re: Help with LLobet's El Testament D'Amelia

Post by Stephen Kenyon » Sun Nov 05, 2017 9:35 am

Artificial harmonics are a real knack. Try some of these;
Imagine pointing really hard like you are angry with someone - hold your i finger straight and firm like that.
Don't let the i finger depress the string at all.
Try the little finger to pluck esp if there's some nail on it.
Generally to balance in favour of the treble, slightly angle the hand lower on the treble side, higher on the bass side. And as well as that, see if you can get more follow-through with your finger than with your thumb.
Bear in mind that from where you are sitting the bass will always be more prominent, so recording yourself is the best way to know for sure how the balance is going.
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Re: Help with LLobet's El Testament D'Amelia

Post by bflemin » Mon Nov 06, 2017 5:19 am

Hi Stephen! Thanks so much for the reply. I tried your tips tonight, and though I'll need much more practice, I saw some immediate improvement. Thanks a ton.
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Re: Help with LLobet's El Testament D'Amelia

Post by Stephen Kenyon » Mon Nov 06, 2017 5:53 pm

bflemin wrote:
Mon Nov 06, 2017 5:19 am
Hi Stephen! Thanks so much for the reply. I tried your tips tonight, and though I'll need much more practice, I saw some immediate improvement. Thanks a ton.
That's cool, keep it up, these things always take time. Esp if you are going to try using the little finger! The reason for that btw as far as I can tell is that it increases the distance from the nodal point - the 'i' finger - to the plucking point, which helps the harmonic come out.
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Re: Help with LLobet's El Testament D'Amelia

Post by JayGuitar » Mon Nov 13, 2017 11:53 am

Timely posts, I too began looking at this piece a couple of days ago, thanks!

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