Practicing Tremolo

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guitarist_le
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Practicing Tremolo

Post by guitarist_le » Fri Jan 11, 2019 6:11 pm

So I started learning tremolo around this time last year and tremolo'ing on the high e string, I got pretty much down. It's the B string that's killing me. I'm comfortable with planting and speed bursts, but can't keep it up for long and I feel as if I am constantly relearning this every night of practice. Sometimes I hear my nails click more often then the note itself, this doesn't happen on the high e though.

I keep my metronome on to practice (80 - 120bpm), and I use the first part of Recuerdos De La Alhambra as an additional tool. (Is it normal to change right hand position when change from the e to B string?)

Any tips or songs to make practicing a little more fun? How long did it take you to get awesome at tremolo on the B string? Did you learn speed, volume or evenness first?

Just wanna say again that I love this forum :) I have no one to talk classical techniques about lol :discussion: :chitarrista:

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Re: Practicing Tremolo

Post by Terpfan » Fri Jan 11, 2019 10:36 pm

I am sure many people here might disagree but for me, tilting the wrist a little more like Segovia position sounded better for me. Just for tremelo.

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Re: Practicing Tremolo

Post by Julian Ward » Sat Jan 12, 2019 9:57 am

Most of the problem is the limited room on the other strings. Everybody's tremolo is better on the E string so the trick is to practice it solely on the B string. Nail shape/length and wrist angle affect tremolo enormously so you need to experiment but do persist with only practising on the B string. I get students to practise using chords - not pieces.
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Re: Practicing Tremolo

Post by Tony Hyman » Sat Jan 12, 2019 10:29 am

Julian Ward wrote:
Sat Jan 12, 2019 9:57 am
Most of the problem is the limited room on the other strings. Everybody's tremolo is better on the E string so the trick is to practice it solely on the B string. Nail shape/length and wrist angle affect tremolo enormously so you need to experiment but do persist with only practising on the B string. I get students to practise using chords - not pieces.
I go along with just getting used the technique with familiar chord progressions. That way one can focus on the right hand. For me, it is similar doing workouts on scales and arpeggios before working on actual pieces.

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Re: Practicing Tremolo

Post by guitarist_le » Sat Jan 12, 2019 2:07 pm

Terpfan wrote:
Fri Jan 11, 2019 10:36 pm
I am sure many people here might disagree but for me, tilting the wrist a little more like Segovia position sounded better for me. Just for tremelo.
Do you mean tilting the wrist more forward?

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Re: Practicing Tremolo

Post by bacsidoan » Sat Jan 12, 2019 2:19 pm

guitarist_le wrote:
Fri Jan 11, 2019 6:11 pm
So I started learning tremolo around this time last year and tremolo'ing on the high e string, I got pretty much down. It's the B string that's killing me. I'm comfortable with planting and speed bursts, but can't keep it up for long and I feel as if I am constantly relearning this every night of practice. Sometimes I hear my nails click more often then the note itself, this doesn't happen on the high e though.

I keep my metronome on to practice (80 - 120bpm), and I use the first part of Recuerdos De La Alhambra as an additional tool. (Is it normal to change right hand position when change from the e to B string?)

Any tips or songs to make practicing a little more fun? How long did it take you to get awesome at tremolo on the B string? Did you learn speed, volume or evenness first?

Just wanna say again that I love this forum :) I have no one to talk classical techniques about lol :discussion: :chitarrista:
Forget RDLA, too long. Learn to play short passages of pieces by Maestro Võ Tá Hân.

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Re: Practicing Tremolo

Post by Terpfan » Sat Jan 12, 2019 2:52 pm

guitarist_le wrote:
Sat Jan 12, 2019 2:07 pm
Terpfan wrote:
Fri Jan 11, 2019 10:36 pm
I am sure many people here might disagree but for me, tilting the wrist a little more like Segovia position sounded better for me. Just for tremelo.
Do you mean tilting the wrist more forward?
More to the right. Playing more perpendicular to the strings. Just a slight adjustment could help a lot. Just from my experience. Not taught.

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Re: Practicing Tremolo

Post by guitarist_le » Sat Jan 12, 2019 7:58 pm

Forget RDLA, too long. Learn to play short passages of pieces by Maestro Võ Tá Hân.
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Will do! Hey, and he Vietnamese, as am I. I haven't heard about any classical guitarists from Vietnam. This is great stuff :)

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