Archives for February 2017

How to Play Rajeo (Rasgueado/ Rasgueo) abanico (triplet)

Spanish version

The rajeo abanico or triplet rajeo provides a very powerful, very flamenco strumming technique.

It is used in any part of flamenco guitar playing, not just for accompanying flamenco dance.

There are several ways for playing this kind of rajeo and each way gives a slightly different feel.

One way is to use the thumb and second finger of your strumming hand (right if you are right handed). You can also use the thumb and the second and third fingers held together as if to make one bigger wider finger.

The sequence which involves three movements is to start with the thumb and to stike up with the thumb nail from treble strings to bass. The second finger of second with third joined then strikes down from bass to treble. Finally the thumb follows down.

This will give you one unit of rajeo abanico.

You can then repeat this sequence as many times as you need to produce the amount of rajeo that you want for the piece that you are playing.

I tend to suggest that how ever many of these rajeo units you play you can always add an extra simple up stroke with the thumb which kind of helps to give a good solid finished feeling.

I illustrate this rajeo in my YouTube clip on how to play rajeo abanico

The Difference between Flamenco and Spanish Guitar Music

When potential clients approach me asking me to play for their event sometimes they ask for flamenco guitar music but other times they ask for Spanish guitar music.

Naturally, I take the time to discuss their requirements and to make suggestions as to which kind of music might suit their event best.

Here I would like to offer a few general pointers.

All the music examples that you will hear on this website are flamenco as are the videos. Although flamenco music is Spanish it is more specifically from the South of Spain from the region called Andalucía.

Flamenco has a very particular character or personality which I think is almost immediately recognisable. Although there are lots of different moods in flamenco covering so many human emotions flamenco always has  a kind of immediacy, a kind or urgency as though the music needs to come out of the guitar and to be heard.

Spanish guitar music on the other hand may be very similar to flamenco but it does not have to be. Some Spanish guitar pieces can be quite relaxing and in an evenings musical entertainment these pieces can provide  a welcome relaxing contrast to the more robust and virtuoso flamenco pieces.