Can somebody please explain to me what kind of wizardry is going on in this video. The player has a quality of tone that I simply did not know existed. How would someone go about reproducing these sounds?
Everything matters, and I’ll put a partial list below in roughly the order of importance. Some may disagree with the order. There’s some things that relate to the quality of the tone (how refined it is) and others that relate to the type of tone (like how bright/dark it is).
- Right hand preparation is most of the game for classical guitar
- Right hand nail shape
- Left hand technique
- Position of the guitar
- Quality and type of guitar
- Control of color (kind of part of right hand technique)
One thing particularly impressive about the performance linked is that even with the fast tremolo, the full preparation for each note is clear. It takes much practice to prepare so accurately, consistently, and quickly.
It’s a spruce top guitar and sounds like brand new strings so that helps with the brightness and articulation, especially the low notes. His thumb preparation and technique is also excellent.
Mostly left hand technique is about accurately fretting at exactly the right time and using the right amount of pressure to prevent messing up the tone created by the right hand. At least 90% of tone is the right hand.