Below is the lesson for “Malagueña”.
A staple in flamenco guitar, this arrangement is a masterclass in Spanish techniques and phrasing. There are three techniques that are used throughout this piece:
1) Rasgueado – This is a strumming technique that is executed using the fingernails of the strumming hand in rapid succession to produce a big burst of sound. The right hand fingers start in a closed position (claw shape) and then take turns snapping out and strumming down the strings in this order: pinky, ring, middle, index. By using one digit for each strum, multiple strums can be done more quickly than usual. If you are new to this technique, check out this lesson to learn the mechanics behind it.
2) Picado – This is a fingerpicking technique that involves us using the index and middle fingers in an alternating picking fashion. This is a great technique for building fingerpicking speed and is also used to create a bright, punchy tone. If you are new to this technique, check out this lesson to learn the mechanics behind it.
3) Triplet Picking – This is a fingerpicking technique that uses eighth note triplet rhythm to create a tremolo-like effect on the A string (or A and E strings) with a moving bass line on strings G and C. If you are new to this technique, check out this lesson to learn the mechanics behind it.
Another concept that this piece dives into is, Rubato. This means that we do not have to strictly adhere to a steady tempo. By altering the tempo, we can create anticipation or suspense in the feel of the music.
Part 1 – Performance & Free Lesson