Spanish Flamenco Guitar Lesson | Fun Thumb Exercise

A fun exercise using the thumb in the style of rumba flamenco Spanish guitar. It might look challenging at first, but we’re gonna break it down step-by-step.
· May 28, 2018



This thumb technique is something I use often in my music. If you’d like to hear a good example of it check out the song Night in Antigua on my Passion Dance CD. I’ll put a link in the description so you can find it.

In flamenco guitar it’s called the pulgar technique… “Pulgar” meaning thumb in Spanish.

I’m going to break this down into three steps.

Step #1 – Basic thumb technique.

  • Drive strum through the string (rest stroke)
  • Not free stroke… more of a classical technique
  • Use wrist to move thumb… Not entire arm
  • Keep first finger near or resting on the first string.

Step #2 – Descending A minor scale

Step #3 – Adding the Chords

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