In this video you will learn how to play "alzapúa" in a defined, clean and rhythmic way. but above all, in a comfortable way.
The "Alzapúa" is one of the strongest flamenco guitar techniques.
Traditionally it was used as the final part of a melodic structure or "falseta". Actually the "Alzapúa" is used in very different ways and used as a rhythmic and melodic resource.
Origin of alzapua technique
The origin of this technique comes from instruments such as the "mandolin", the “Arabic ud”, the "Bandurria", and we use this technique with the thumb imitating the movement of a pick or plectrum.
How to play alzapua
The "alzapúa" technique is a derivation of the thumb technique.
The "alzapúa" has 3 sounds:
-The first sound is moving the finger outwards and a little bit downwards, touching the following two strings in this way.
-The second sound is coming back and playing the same strings.
-The third sound is touching a string with the thumb and resting the thumb on the next string we already played, this way, the thumb is ready to start again.
The wrist must be at an angle of about ninety degrees towards the outside and the index finger must be touching the first string of the guitar as a reference point for position of the hand. The index finger moves a little when we take out the thumb in the second movement…returning later to the starting point.
We can practice the technique of "Alzapúa" in a basic way by playing the sixth, fifth and fourth strings.
Normally the "alzapúa" is developed on the sixth, fifth and fourth strings, but sometimes we can see some "Alzapúas" on the third and second strings.
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