Group 1

Improve your tremolo!

Tremolo is one of the defining techniques for classical guitar! Although not used very often in the repertoire, some of the most iconic pieces employ it to create a beautiful singing melody above an accompaniment pattern.

Fellow Participants in Group 1:

Eric Phillips
Blaise Laflamme
peter hancock
Nora Torres-Nagel
joosje
Emma
Rachel Holmes
Bill Young

Carlos Calderon

Brett Gilbert

Robert

 

Some tonebase productions to get you started

How to get the most out of this course

  • Start by watching the introduction video and practice the exercises given in the video.
  • Write a post with your experiences with tremolo.
  • At the same time, start practicing the first eight bars of "Recuerdos de la Alhambra". If you are new to the piece, begin with a chord reduction as presented in Scott's workbook on Recuerdos.
  • Share two videos per week and help your course partners through feedback on their submissions!

 

Zoom Check-In: Friday, May 20th at 8 pm CET (11 am PT)

https://us06web.zoom.us/j/82744334151
 

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      • Robert
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      • Robert
      • 1 yr ago
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      peter hancock Hi, thanks for your submission(s). I think the tempo is too high (as Nora also mentioned) - but I know that it is also a matter of patience to do this stuff in slow motion.

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    • Robert Thanks I subconsciously seem to speed up. Tried using my metronome but fund my self paying more attention to that than my fingers. Maybe its my anxiety leaking out through my fingers. Anyway I appreciate your comments and will keep practicing.

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      • martin.3
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      peter hancock Wonderful, thank you, Peter! These exercises are extremely important to build up awareness of the tension in our hands, you're doing a great job slowing down and keeping it simple! Those exercises are more of a steady journey than a quick repair job! Keep it up!

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    • Robert
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    • Robert
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    Hi, here are 2 videos - my 2nd video session. I am a bit behind due to some health issues during the week, so I had no opportunity to record video(s) and to practice a lot. Here are the results. I feel better with respect to "automatism" of some relaxation, not in each single movement but in many movements, in general. I do not have to think about each muscle anymore 🙂. The tone is not always good (sometimes a bit thin), the i nail was cut extremely down due to a broken nail without any chance to rescue it.
    Greetings to all!

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    • Robert I see a better relaxation with ami as with ima...isn't it? the contrary as with other team member  submissions....I will continue doing these relaxation movements....very slowly also. Very good Robert.

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      • Brett Gilbertnull
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      • Brett_Gilbert
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      Robert I noticed the same thing as Nora, that your ami seems more relaxed (I find ima easier).  Most performances I've seen , the guitarist always use ami (except Ana Vidovic who does the tremolo with just m-i !).  You have great patience to play slowly, it's still difficult for me.  Good progress though!

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      • Robert
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      • Robert
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       Brett Gilbert Nora Torres-Nagel Thanks for your comments. I have the same feeling and ex post, while watching myself in the videos, the same observation: ami is more relaxed than ima. I think it is due to the uncommon ima movement. I have to "think" more about it than for ami. But I assume that this is simply a matter of practice... I will continue in all these exercises.
       

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      Robert Hey Robert! In the firs video, you can close the hand a bit more, to make the difference between tension and relaxation a bit more obvious and then gradually shorten the time you hold the tension!

      But the second video is very good, very slow and disciplined! That's the way to go for these exercices!

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      • Robert
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      Martin Thanks for that motivating comments!

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      • martin.3
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      Robert You are very welcome :)

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  • Thanks for the opportunity, will keep practicing. Looking forward to Slur unit.

    Peter

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