the Rubber Hits the Road)
I discussed tremolo in a past week's message giving
a short stury and some of Roch's exercises.
De La Alhambra by Francisco Tarrega
is arguably the most famous tremolo study in the
repertoire. It is often used as a recital piece
either with a few other Tarrega pieces tomake a
program item or individually as an encore. The
melody is well-known among even non-guitarists as
a synth rendition was used as a soundtrack fill
in a motion picture, The Killing Fields.
A haunting melody evocative of moonlight, calm
and bittersweet, it builds in a minor before
launching into a major for the B section. When
performed correctly and with that deep emotion so
often tapped by Spanish composers, one can expect
the audience to weep.
used an edition here that I can not find any
information on. Albert Valdes-Blain had
photocopied it for me with the corrections he had
made to fingerings and the like.
Please note the p,a,m,i
(thuimb, ring, middle, index) right hand
fingering used -- it's the same as the study I
worte in the last tremolo exercise. Note the
marking on the first page 'Slow tremolo'.
I believe I wrote that one on there for a student
many years ago. As always, slow and careful
practice will be required to get the desired
rhythmic, textural and dynamic qualities for the
tremolo to be musical. I've heard players just
rocket through this piece and while I've come
away impressed with the player's technique, I'd
rather come away impressed by the emotional depth
of the music, and the player's ability to touch
something inside the listerner's soul. Make
these exercises and come back next week for
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