Micro study 28 – right hand rasgueo 1 is part of the – #6stringinspiration – series of short and sweet studies that target very specific ideas. These are for those who have very little time and want huge gains from tight focused practice ideas.
Micro Study 28 – Right Hand Rasgueo 1
This is a right hands only exercise, the first of six micro studies for practicing all combinations of rasgueo.
Rasgueo is utilized in the Flamenco guitar tradition, especially when accompanying a dancer-it cuts through all noise. In the classical tradition it has been some what refined and as such there are a variety of finger combinations to practice. This first micro study however deals with getting the right hand fingers moving independently. Be warned, if you haven’t practiced this before you will find this a little tough! So go slow.
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This first level exercise just works the right hand as a whole mechanism.
Locked & Loaded
Gaining finger independence is a slow process, but it is crucial to playing guitar-any style. This exercise utilizes all of the right hand fingers in a motion that is contrary to normal practice-away from the body. This builds up right hand strength and independence.
Notice in the video that my fingers remain curled in and resting on the flesh of my inner palm, they are under tension straight away-locked and loaded. So that all I need to do is added a little bit more pressure/muscle energy and the fingers fly off and across the strings.
Note: This study uses the right hand only so that maximum concentration can be given to this exercise, which not only improves finger control but also has a bearing on tone production. Practice mindfully.
Sharp Staccato Speed Bursts
The sound produced here should be a sharp staccato rap across the strings. Not a slow strummed arpeggio. So make sure you concentrate on pushing the finger out at speed across the strings, a very fast single finger strum. This rasgueo is practiced in a series of slow then fast bursts. Make sure the staccato sound is consistent with both.
And Remember: only move the fingers you need to.
Make sure you fingers are moving one combination at a time only. Keep the other fingers hovering above the string as you move. This is very clear on the video above. It should like your fingers are walking across the fretboard, in other words there is always a combination down whilst the other ones move.
Click the link below if you want to go back to the beginning of the series.
Want the Dots?
No music for this example, use the video above to walk through the exercise. Dots will be forthcoming in the last rasgueo video.