Spanish Flamenco Guitar Lesson | Fun Thumb Exercise

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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. 

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 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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