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