Rasgueado Technique

Here is another sample from “Flamenco Guitar Secrets”…Still on the technique section, lets cover another Essential Technique called Rasgueado.

In this Guitar Control video lessons, were going to talk about “Rasgueados”. That’s the fan motion of the right hand and there are
several forms of them.

One form would be this, where we use A finger, M finger, I finger and then you come back with the I finger. And that is done by putting your thumb always on the 6th string.

A lot of my exercises are done on this particular chord, called B-diminished, or E7 flat in line. This is how you figure that out E-7, and a full E7, and flat in line would be this note, is flat in line. The reason I use this chord is because the chord moves down pretty easily and sounds pretty good.

A lot of these exercises, when you do them, you should tap your foot with them. In that way it makes the rhythm stronger and that’s what you need to flamenco. You need to have a very strong rhythm, especially if you’re planning to work with a dancer.

Here we go 1, 2, 3, and 4, 5, 6 and 7, 8, and 9 and 10, 11 and 12. Second variation 4, 5, 6 and 7, 8 and 9, and 10, 11, and 12. That’s a “Three Finger Rasgueado”.

What is happening here is a lot of wrist motion. I’m going up with my thumb, and opening my hand using these two fingers, the middle and the A. So, again, one, two; and you’re going to notice, the thumb needs to be on top of the string now to do the third motion, and that is a wrist motion on three.

Another triplet would be a “Two-Finger Rasgueado”. That would be up, your thumb needs to be here, up with the index, down with the A, down with the I. Again, one, two, three. Notice, we don’t use this finger. As a matter of fact, I would leave it out. If you tuck it in all the way, it’s going to get in your way.

One, two, three. See, it’s out. It wants to go back in, but I’m not taking it all the way in. Up, down, down; up, down, down; up, down, down. And that’s a light triplet as opposed to a heavy one, like this one. That is if you’re playing solo and then you’re playing like a chorus.

This is good for like stuff like sevillana or tangos, you know?

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