October 14th, 2019 – Live Lesson Topic: Triplet Picking Technique!

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    Live Stream: Monday, October 14th at 7:00pm EST (check your local time zone)


    Hey guys, we are back with Live Lesson EP011! This month’s topic is: Triplet Picking Technique!

    In this session, you’ll learn the triplet picking technique used in classical guitar mainstays like, “Malagueña.” We’ll cover what triplets are from a rhythmic standpoint, as well as, how this technique creates a tremolo effect on the A string.

    This month’s topic should stir up some great questions! So please post all you have below and I hope you guys join us for the live stream. 🙂



    Q: What happens in a live lesson, how long is it, and when does it occur?

    A: Live lessons are usually 30-45 minutes in length, but can extend until all questions are answered. The first 20 minutes will comprise of the lesson, while the next 10-25 minutes will be a Q&A session for premium members.

    Live lessons take place every second Monday of the month at 7:00pm EST (check your local time zone).

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    A: Absolutely! Basic and premium members are welcome to post questions that are related to the topic in THIS thread.

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    Here is the PDF for the live stream. 🙂

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    Question for live lesson in bold.

    Malagueña is one of the songs I saw when I started, couldn’t play, then forgot about. Then I hit some notes, figured it out mostly from memory and couldn’t figure out the name of it! (and no one else could name it either!) so it’s not quite totally ‘right’. Real darn close to Matt’s on his Youtube though. I give myself a A- for remembering how it mostly goes not knowing what it was other than “a popular classical song” lol. That phrase goes over super well with serious lovers of classical music btw lol.. Been using this song to practice 1,2, & 3 tremolo… Or rolls. (It’s been a type of tremolo to me now since what? November? Can’t check.)

    I have questions though. I should only ask 1 for the live lesson.

    Would any of you be willing to answer some questions outside the scope of the target lesson, after the live lesson here, about trem please? Even if you just point me somewhere?

    1) Tips to keep the three fingers tremolo-ing on a 4 finger roll? from getting tense or sore for really long or demanding songs with trem, would be great. 👍

    Thumb independence day, for trem, I wrote it in my profile. lol.


    Here will be 1 am. Very difficult to attend the live lesson. I will watch it later. ^_^’


    Nice! Looking forward, I enjoyed La Gitanita. I would like to learn more Flamenco techniques. :). But I probably need to grow my nails to play flamenco. Just realised. That will make playing the piano harder. Mmmmm…..

    • This reply was modified 11 months, 3 weeks ago by jinajupiter.

    Big fan of this technique, been working on this for a while because of Asturias and the song in question below. I feel dumb asking this but I’d like to know what to look up.

    Is she using rubato or some other technique on the tremolo in this song? (I’m learning this on uke off mike hollands tabs for ukulele, but this is ideally how I want to do it eventually, not just the steady tremolo i have going on now.. I can pretend anyway, but yes, feel free to laugh, lol. Just not sure what I need to work on looking up?)

    (Question is for anyone who might know btw. And ty Matt, i’ll try to keep making sure to keep checking to stay relaxed. It creeps in without me noticing.)

    • This reply was modified 11 months, 3 weeks ago by becky7777.

    Ah I missed it again! We had a long weekend so my brain was on Sunday.

    Caught out offline. That was an interesting lesson. Thanks! Will work on it.


    Checked it afterwards, that was very informative, thanks Matt


    I accidentally wrote a little song this morning using this technique. Like all my songs, it’s very basic. I was messing around with regular triplets, then put in a chord I liked (ok, fine, a chord my cat showed me, 8888), then found chords that go with it and moved around the neck.

    Then I remembered this lesson and threw these triplets in! It makes it more difficult, but it add some spice to my silly messing around. I need to learn to speed these triplet picks up before I can share.

    Thank you, Matt, for the technique!


    That sure looks like the triplet picking technique to me! 🙂


    Thanks matt, kinda meant what is she doing to it though?

    “Going all classical on it” doesn’t turn up many successful searches.

    Keep in mind NOT asking anyone here to teach me any of this!!! Just need a term(s) to point me at what to look up. It’s backwards or something. (What she’s doing to it, not the picking.)

    If no one knows, it’s all good. I spent months looking and can’t find it either. 😁

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