I think a bit more stright is better for tremolo. It results in more even distance from each finger to the same string, which results in more equilibrated sound. A bit more high partials also helps enhancing the sound of the attack and detaching the notes from each other, resulting in clearer articulation in such a fast notes repetition, specially to a listener in a distance when playing in a concert situation without amplification. Becareful that the sound from near is not the same than from a distance. Higher frequencies decay quickly while lower ones go further (as you can notice in a car passing by with loud sound speakers). So a bit more high partials might be welcome and the tone gets better in a distance.koa_35 wrote:I was wondering what recommendations for the attack angle of the nails on tremolo should be. I have relatively short nails and find that 30 to 45 degrees tends to sound muddy and straight on is harsh. Obviously, I notice a tonal difference with nail length as well as the angle so I thought maybe I should see what the recommendations on attack angle would be and see if I can change the nail length or technique to get that airy tremolo sound.
If you can play very,very,very fast (p,a,m,I, at 200-300 BPM), it is extremely difficult not to be smoothly and evenly!Salvador wrote:It's the a finger, we should make it stable to prevent the horse sound. Choose some plucking patterns that will strengthen your a or ring finger, like Romance de Amor. My exercise pattern is the plucking pattern of La Catedral Prelude of Agustin Barrios (teacher taught me). It's not the guitar actually, it's always the right hand you need to improve to play tremolo well.
We have to stable our A finger to play smoothly. I always practice the plucking pattern of La Catedral Prelude. The result is no more horse sound, it doesn't sound sloppy anymore. I upload my Recuerdos before on youtube. They accused me of cheating. They said it sounds so even and they can't hear the gap. that it's impossible that i did not cheat. They thought i played the P and A together.
I understand the negative comments and the accusations of me cheating my tremolo. Because they thought that it's not possible to play tremolo smoothly and evenly. After that i don't upload classical guitar videos anymore, because some people especially in classical guitar are rude and feel smart. So i switch to playing fingerstyle guitar, it's much better.
I can play it fast, faster than John WIlliams, close to Yepes' tempo, and the horse sound is still not noticeable. Wish i could share the audio of my tremolo. It's my teacher who taught me to practice the plucking pattern of Prelude La Catedral to have an even tremolo. It works for me but it did not work for his other students. We are different so it may not be effective to others.nmshu1 wrote:Salvador wrote:
If you can play very,very,very fast (p,a,m,I, at 200-300 BPM), it is extremely difficult not to be smoothly and evenly!