50 Rasgueo Exercises (I)

by Sergio Dorado

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  • Hello GMCers. Today I started a series of five lessons dedicated exclusively to a very special technique: rasgueos. Strumming guitar is a thing that exists in all kinds of styles that have a guitar, because it is an effective way to keep in time and to mark the harmony context.

    But I think it's not a lie to assert that it's in flamenco music where strumming reaches the highest level. This is due to the fact that flamenco (as many styles in guitar) have a popular character, and, in the specific case of this kind of music, there are many palos or musical forms that you mark the compás with rasgueos. It means, if you are accompanying a cantaor or singer, you have a double function: as a guitarist and as a percussionist. And the unique technique that have the two ways is strumming.

    Today I present 10 formulas or exercises (of a total of 50 that have the series) that I hope will be useful to improve this technique. I recommend to think first of the rhythm, and after that, which fingers or kind of movement is necessary to play the rhythm that you have thought of. And a second tip: practice every rasgueo independently, but also like it would form part of a theme, in this case, from exercise 1 to 10, consecutively, like in a whole piece.

    Ok, see you soon!

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