Blondie wrote:The fault here is seeing tremolo as something separate and distinct, it isn't (a point made elsewhere by Percy Penguin) - its not like playing tambora or artificial harmonics.
Tremolo is basically very fine free stroke/arpeggio motion control, and that is a consequence of several other things working well - MA independence & IM independence, for example.
You are 300% right
Blondie wrote:If you are seeing fast progress praticing PAMI tremolo, of course don't worry. But I am assuming that's not the case (hence the question) and its important to se the bigger picture, or you could end up hammering away at PAMI tremolo and seeing very little progress.
I would add: if your tremolo doesn't go well and doesn't improve, there is a reason for that. Do not just repeat saying yourself it will improve with time, or just blindly do what other people says, even if it is good advices. Analyse what you do, your movements, try to find what hinders your tremolo. It can be a bad movement, or simply a muscular tension. Make sure you push the strings toward the soundboard; if you pull them parallely (sp?) or worse away from the soundboard forget about tremolo, or any arpegios for that matter, they will never go well (too long to explain further...). If it is your case, stop working on tremolo for a while, work on your technique to get and control that "toward the soundboard" strike - inward push (because tremolo is simply a kind of arpegio you will be working on it anyway), then come back to tremolo when your inward push is mastered.
Another thing: make sure you are relaxed as much as possible