#1
Hey everyone, I'm trying to break into "proper" classical playing and I'm a little confused with the tremolo (alternate) finger picking.


say I'm picking the same note a zillion times, does it go like this?

I M A I M A I M A

or does it go back and forth like this?

I M A M I M A M

and which finger does it primarily start on (i know this can change but general rule is what i'm looking for)? I or A?

and if im doing a scale climb on a bunch of strings, do I use all 3 fingers or just stick to 2?

my biiiiiiiiiggest problem so far with classical is the right hand fingers

can anyone help me out?


ALSO!

If theres a pulloff / hammeron in a sequence, do I keep the same alternating (I.E skip a finger to keep the consistent alternating as if i picked the hammer/pull?) or do I just use the next finger after the hammer/pull?
Last edited by primageon at Aug 28, 2007,
#2
Bump. I've been having the same problem since I got back into classical (never was really *in it* to begin with). You're not alone.
Sincerely, Chad.
Quote by LP Addict
LP doesnt have to stand for les paul.. it can stand for.... lesbian porn.
#3
Hmm ive often wondered this myself... When i tremelo pick i go AMIAMI... I think its a personal preferance thing more then anything
Frank Zappa's not dead. He just smells funny.
#4
No. Tremolo goes AMI. If your are a flamenco guitarist it goes IAMI. Also I would recommend doing scales in a stict to finger pattern. This being: IM IM IM...

It will give you much more speed and is easier to coordinate than IMA IMA IMA.

Hope that helps all of you
#5
it really depends. if your doing tremolo then go AMI and hit the bass with P

for scales/ melodies you may go IMIM or AMI depending on a lot of things

for tremolo its AMI
#6
Quote by confusius
No. Tremolo goes AMI. If your are a flamenco guitarist it goes IAMI. Also I would recommend doing scales in a stict to finger pattern. This being: IM IM IM...

It will give you much more speed and is easier to coordinate than IMA IMA IMA.

Hope that helps all of you

Thanks, that does help quite a bit.
Sincerely, Chad.
Quote by LP Addict
LP doesnt have to stand for les paul.. it can stand for.... lesbian porn.
#7
oh awesome, yeah that was a big help, thanks a ton for clarifying some of that stuff up.

i'm gonna get BACH to practice....
#8
gee im doing something right go figure.
I love your 'pun' primageon Bach to practice
Richard

Veni Vidi Vici

Head Drug Tester of Australians FTWclub
PM the_random_hero for entry

Prime Minister of the UG archtop acoustic players club,
PM Keef_is_King
to join!
#9
'Tremolo picking' is a term best not used in classical guitar tchnique as refers more accurately to the tremolo effect of the guitar where a thumb-plucked bassline is accompanied by a 'sustained' tremolo line.

I guess you're simply referring to scales or single-line passages which are done with rest strokes. Many fingerings are used, most commonly imim and more rarely amiami as done by Yepes. While you might use imim for performance uses, the practice of the various combinations are essential to any advance technique development.

ie. imim, iaia, mama, amiami at the very least.

For slurs, alternation isn't required. In fact I haven't heard of any use of it apart from rare exceptions in some players.
#10
imLoUsY pretty much nailed it.

In most "real" situations, you won't ever encounter a scalar run where you'll have to use, for instance, an I A alternating picking pattern.

However, you should practice all combinations of alternation between the fingers so that, if any special case should indeed arrive such as a very unique piece or, perhaps, you simply find the need to change up your technique for the piece, you will able to function in any position, as far as right hand is concerned. Besides, it builds up overall finger dexterity.

As far as the "tremolo" picking you are referring to, it is rather up for interpretation... I personally use the AMI combination when "tremming", even though I do not do it very often.
My God, it's full of stars!