This lesson on Recuerdos de la Alhambra by Tarrega is going to walk you through the left hand hacks, shifts and shapes you need to get this awesome tremolo piece up and running. It is a bar by bar breakdown with video. And will help you go from zero to hero fast.
Recuerdos de la Alhambra by Tarrega
This lesson we will walk through the first section of Recuerdos de al Alhambra, A minor, and will cover the LH chord shapes, how to practice it WITHOUT tremolo (yes, you actually need to do that). So best tip for the entire piece, is:
Do not learn it with tremolo
Break this piece into chord shapes, work out the best fingers to use as guides or anchors (watch the video for all that), and then practice this piece as a chordal study – first. So the below first section get broken into 3 chord shapes. Can you find them?
No Tremolo on Recuerdos de la Alhambra?
Tremolo should be practiced as a separate skill. It takes a fair while to build up the RH mechanism for tremolo: and a lot of brain power in the beginning. So do not hamstring yourself by learning new chord shapes & a new technique. Break them down. Practice tremolo on open strings: 1, 2, 3 (yes all three nylon strings, Recuerdos de la Alhambra requires all of them).
To help you out, I did an article a couple of years back for Classical Guitar Magazine, which gave out some tips on how to practice tremolo for Recuerdos.
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