Impresario wrote: ↑
Wed Aug 01, 2018 11:07 pm
Conall wrote: ↑
Wed Aug 01, 2018 10:58 am
Impresario wrote: ↑
Wed Aug 01, 2018 10:15 am
Conall, would you find it excessively brutal on my behalf if I asked you to post a video substantiating your claims with regards to tremolo technique mastery?
Good point: - I don't claim to be a master, just a player & teacher for decades. I've regularly played Recuerdos & similar in public with no worries (other than the odd memory lapse).
I'll try to get round to posting at some point - but in the meantime - anyone here who is struggling with tremolo (but has solid tirando technique) and who has many free hours (preferably a whole Summer!) & lots of patience feel free to try my approach (no doubt similar to some other teachers') - particularly if another approach has not worked for them. I don't believe I'm proposing anything radical, just good tirando, logic, time, practice & maybe experimentation with tremolo patterns other than pami.
My question was not whether you are a master or not.
Either you master the tremolo or you don't ?
And if you do, post a video .
Like Dave Kear who seems to be the only person who does.
I thought the primary purpose of this part of the forum was to ask for and offer help on matters of guitar technique & similar.
I believe that's what I tried to do by explaining what has worked for me & my students. However some responses give me the impression that my slight criticism of the fact that so much is made of a technique that is really just an extension of free stroke (in my opinion: 4 tirando strokes, 3 on the same string, all 4 attempting to sound even & fast enough) has met with some irritation or demands of aural & visual proof.
If I have annoyed anybody for apparently belittling something many guitarists find difficult & others have spent time, effort & money writing methods for I apologise. That wasn't my intention but I can see some might see it that way. I did mention it took me an entire Summer holiday to achieve an even & satisfactory tremolo (hours over a couple of months) so I am not denying it is a difficult technique, merely that perhaps it is made more of than it needs to be.
There are of course a couple of other aspects I didn't mention in a previous post - the need for a tension-free continuous tirando technique as well as the ability to control dynamics particularly in ami for example. I suppose if you go into the minutae of all that (& the basis of good general tirando) then a course book & video would be beneficial to some students.
As to the reason I haven't yet posted a video - if you check my recent other posts you'll see I wore down my nails recently preparing for a series of concerts (6, finished now) & decided to play 3 nailess (which I don't really want to repeat but I was playing with a pianist & didn't want to risk breaking artificial nails by playing loudly in concert).
My nails just about grew enough for the last 2 concerts but the thumb nail is still too short for a good sounding tremolo. I had intended to play a tremolo piece of my own for the 6 concerts but abandoned that idea as I'm not fond of nailess tremolo or partly catching very short nails primarily for the resultant poor tone.
As I believe I said in a previous comment on this thread I will post a short video (probably from my not great sounding phone) of my tremolo if there is a genuine desire for me to do so. But I'm going to wait until my nails are of a decent length first - and my nails do not grow quickly! If you look at the enclosed picture you will see the length of my thumbnail is too short & my index isn't much better.
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