I can't figure out how he is playing the part with the triplets beginning 1:18 :( would love to learn this technique but how? Is he playing two notes at once, or just semiquavers like in Recuerdos de la Alhambra?

How do I learn the phrasing? Maybe somebody knows a resource that allows me to figure it out, e.g. a simpler example of this technique or a tutorial.

  • Tim's comment from your other post: "It's tremolo, played with probably two fingers, in semis. While the counter melody is played with the thumb on lower strings."
    – user28
    Apr 18, 2016 at 15:38
  • It is played with your 2nd, 3rd, and 4th fingers. youtube.com/watch?v=I83lanJNze0
    – Caleb
    Apr 18, 2016 at 19:41

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As in my comment - melody played using thumb (p), tremolo played using index, middle and ring (i, m, a), on top string. There appears to be tune note followed by 3 semis, which have manifested themselves to you as triplets.

  • Yep - have just tried playing this various different ways and this is the only one that works.
    – Doktor Mayhem
    May 21, 2017 at 15:02

This seems to be just tremolo played on the 2nd, 3rd and 4th fingers.

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    Isn't this what I wrote... or do you mean middle, ring and pinky, which he doesn't use.
    – Tim
    Apr 19, 2017 at 6:56

From just a quick look and listen it seems to be a four (not triplets) 32nd note tremolo on the B (2nd) string using the pinky as well as i, m and a. The camera operator chose exactly the wrong time to change the focus.

  • The notes are too high to be played on the 2nd string. His fretting hand would have to be much higher up the fingerboard.
    – Tim
    Apr 18, 2017 at 7:37

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