Pororo -> I need help to attain required flamenco tremolo speed (Mar. 30 2018 17:16:43)
I have been practicing flamenco tremolo for more than 2 years now, trying various practicing methods, various patterns with both classical guitar posture and flamenco posture without any success. I seem to hit a speed wall and cannot increase my speed past that certain point.
So far I've been practicing both piami, pmami, pamim, pamia with the following methods:
Thumb tirando and iami staccato, slowly enough than playing faster, gradually
Thumb apoyando and iami staccato
All fingers tirando, play with very small range of finger motion
Thumb apoyando, iami play with very small range of finger motion
Thumb apoyando, iami play with large range of motion, trying to collapse fingers as close towards the palm as possible, like many flamenco guitarists do
Thumb tirando, iami apoyando
[Foro] Ricardo's method: iami very fast, ended with p apoyando, at first I thought I can do iami fast enough but it's not the case actually, because my "m" finger didn't really hit the string, more likely slide through
Adam del Monte's supplement exercise: p (rest) pi (rest) ia (rest) am (rest) mi (rest) ip... I can do this one pretty fast but then when I come back to normal pattern piami nothing is improved at all.
[Foro] Miguel de Maria's method: play pi very fast, then "ami", there is always a space between "pi" and "ami", plus I cannot do this with p apoyando and my hand bounces like crazy doing this method
[Foro] Grisha's advice: hold a 25 cent between the second joints of i-m and another 25 cent between the second joints of m-a, practice "piami" trying not to drop those coins
Dmitri Nilov's method: practice various pattern pami pima pimi piai pmam and finally piami
All the foro methods I've tried come from this topic:
"piami" causes me a fatigue and/or pain in my index finger and whenever I try increasing speed past that certain point, my pinkie becomes very rigid to the point that it is fixed, glued into my palm, instead of moving in a similar motion with ring finger
"pmami" gives me a much more balance, comfortable feel in comparison with "piami", also there is no issue with pinkie, however the sound from m finger is kind of much louder than the sound from i and a, moreover I'm not sure I can achieve required speed for a smooth tremolo with this pattern
I also tried practicing with online metronome, p apoyando from 6th to 1st string then reverse, iami on both 1st, p 6th to 2nd string, iami on 2nd and p 6th to 3rd, iami on 3rd string then revert thumb playing order and can reach ~350bpm, each beat falls into one stroke.
Although many guitarist find it difficult to play tremolo on 2nd or 3rd string, I find it easier on 2nd and 3rd string but a bit harder on 1st string because I have relatively small hands with short fingers, that makes it difficult for me to maintain a comfortable right hand position when p plays 6th string and ami play 1st string.
About the posture, although flamenco posture gives a more comfortable and convenience feel, I cannot choose it because the piece I'm trying to master - "Un sueno en la floresta" (composed by Barrios Mangore) has many awkward chords that are virtually impossible to play with flamenco posture. For example the transition from bar 31 to 32 below:
In order to make thing more clear, I've recorded 3 clips, the 1st one I play piami with small range of (iami) motion, the 2nd one is piami with large range of (iami) motion and the final one is pmami:
Could you please give me some advice about my case?
Thanks in advance!
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