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Inglés

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Pulgar ... why would anyone voluntar... 

So based on the advice of a number of posters in my "Flamenco Virgin" thread I'm working my way through some beginners' youtube videos to get my basic techniques down (yes, yes, I know, "get a teacher" ... I'm working on it OK, see my other thread).

I started on pulgar last night and it's given me a painful blister on my thumb. Now, I know pulgar is supposed to be hit with a bit of power behind it so I've been trying not to pussy out of the strokes, but, Christ, it hurts, smacking the same blister against the string again and again!

Is this just normal for a beginner and I need to suck it up until my callouses develop? Or might I be doing something wrong...? This morning I've tried again with my thumb position a little more "upright", I'm getting a lot more nail contact and a lot less pain
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mrstwinkle

 

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RE: Pulgar ... why would anyone volu... (in reply to Inglés

Needs to be partly thumb, partly side of nail. But if you're learning a piece with a lot of pulgar, it is going to hurt.....
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Ricardo

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RE: Pulgar ... why would anyone volu... (in reply to Inglés

This is normal...after the blister heals you will grow tough skin there. Callouses on both left and right hands is normal for flamenco.

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  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Oct. 7 2017 16:53:50
 
Leñador

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RE: Pulgar ... why would anyone volu... (in reply to Inglés

I recently broke a thumb nail and had to get an acrylic put on. The lady doing my nails mistook my callous for extra acrylic and cut it off! Had to play two dance recitals in a row three days later. BRUTAL! Took me about two weeks and a lot of pain to get the callous back.

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Dudnote

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RE: Pulgar ... why would anyone volu... (in reply to Leñador

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ORIGINAL: Leñador
The lady doing my nails mistook my callous for extra acrylic and cut it off!


Oh man - how did that even happen?? What were you thinking of when you were with that lady?

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Leñador

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RE: Pulgar ... why would anyone volu... (in reply to Inglés

Honestly, I was reading the G.D. foro on my phone and wasn’t paying attention!

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estebanana

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RE: Pulgar ... why would anyone volu... (in reply to Inglés

More true brutalism, you have to lead a brutal life to play brutally.

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Leñador

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RE: Pulgar ... why would anyone volu... (in reply to Inglés

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More true brutalism, you have to lead a brutal life to play brutally.


You know if you foro search the word brutal my name comes up more than anyone.
I've even got a well known architect in LA using it now. \m/


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Inglés

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RE: Pulgar ... why would anyone volu... (in reply to Inglés

Brutal is the word ... just trying to play through the pain at the mo, the sooner I can get a good callous on there the better. Not sure my nail is quite the right shape but I'll deal with that later.

Any good youtube examples of performers with especially good pulgar technique I should check out?
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mrstwinkle

 

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RE: Pulgar ... why would anyone volu... (in reply to Inglés

Personally love Manuel Morao, but my repertoire doesn't stray far from Jerez.

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Ricardo

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RE: Pulgar ... why would anyone volu... (in reply to mrstwinkle

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ORIGINAL: mrstwinkle

Personally love Manuel Morao, but my repertoire doesn't stray far from Jerez.





I was gonna recommend the same guy and Nuñez. I consider Manuel Morao very advanced however. Here I demo two examples of the lick from your video(5:38). First is the original version, next the version I altered so it's actually in compas (he he).





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