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 2:
Some tonebase productions to get you started
- 8 Steps To A Perfect Tremolo Course by Stephanie Jones
- Scott Tennant - On Tremolo
- Scott Tennant - Recuerdos de la Alhambra
- Thomas Viloteau - On Tremolo
- Artyom Dervoed - Tremolo
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)
Thank you everybody for participating in our very first Two Week Intensive "Improve your Tremolo"! Please keep on practicing and improving, I will keep on commenting on the videos that I have missed the last couple of days, but be prepared for our next Two Week Intensive on "Slurs"!
Play Recuerdos with pami (standard tremolo pattern) in slow motion with enough time to relax after each individual stroke.
Same as 1, but with pima (reversed tremolo).
Play Recuerdos with pami (standard tremolo pattern) in a slow dotted rhythm (legato or staccato).
Same as 3, but with pima (reversed tremolo pattern)
Play through the first eight bars in a tempo where you can maintain a relaxed hand.
Submit two videos per week! Don't forget to help your fellow participants by commenting on their submissions!
I'm assuming we post our progress to this thread?
Cool. So, first of all, I am SUPER STOKED about this intensive!!!
Many years ago, after very little attempt and very few resources available (the internet didn't exist yet) to learn about tremolo, I gave up on it! I resigned to the fact that I would never be able to play tremolo. I just figured it was a skill that I didn't inherently have, nor could I ever learn.
Then, about a year ago, it occurred to me...
What if I was wrong?
I started working on my tremolo technique, and I have worked on it consistently for the last year or so, but it has been very slow in the going.
The first thing about this lesson that was a real eye-opener for me was playing relaxed - letting the fingers relax after each stroke. That's brilliant! I started working on this immediately after Martin discussed it at the dress rehearsal. I couldn't believe how difficult that was!
Here are my first four exercises...split up between two videos...