Rippling and Stroking, Rasgueado

This video demonstrates subjects from my book "Guitar playing and how it Works" by Peter Inglis.

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Some of the topics covered in this video:

Rippling and Stroking, formerly known as plucking.

  • 'Plucking' is not a terribly useful concept on the guitar. Why? The relation between Words - Concepts Movements.
  • Move one finger and all the fingers move. Fingers all move together.
  • Fist to fan.
  • Take as long as you need!
  • Think "Stroking" and you will get a lot more colours from the strings.

Energise the strum with rasgueado.

  • Apply the ripple movement to the strings.
  • Loop the ripple to create a continuous sound. In practice, the thumb helps out.
  • REST between repetitions to avoid injury, and CONSCIOUSLY relax between movements.
  • Easier at medium / fast tempos. At slower tempos it becomes a different movement and you may as well use the thumb!

The book shows how guitar performance skills can be developed to a very high standard by any average person.