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Tirando and Apoyando

Tirando and Apoyando

Classical Guitar and Flamenco Guitar

Tirando and Apoyando are just two of the many techniques used in classical guitar and flamenco guitar styles of playing. Playing classical guitar and flamenco guitar incorporates a lot of different guitar-playing techniques, such as: arpeggio’s, alzapua, rasgueado’s and tremolo’s.

To be able to play using these techniques does make guitar music much more interesting and exciting, but to play them both perfectly needs a lot of time spent on practice.

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Exploring Tirando and Apoyando Techniques

The two techniques have a lot in common but at the same time, there is a world of difference in sound. Both needed to be practiced slowly and with patience. 

It is better to start with the tirando first and then move on to the apoyando. To practise, try many melodies playing with each of these different attacks. Listen as you play. Pay attention to the tonal qualities, the sound of the notes as you employ each of the techniques. You might also find that recording your practise and then playing it back for analysis will help you. 

Notice the overall character of each sound and how it affects the performance and the emotion of the piece, as experienced by the listener.

You can see these techniques are both demonstrated throughout the performance of “Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence”.

Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence

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