Fingers tremolo !!! how can i do ?!!!!

Discussion in 'Technique [BG]' started by samoth, Oct 15, 2001.

  1. samoth


    Apr 9, 2001
    France-Le pontet
    Hello !! How can i do tremolo with my 4 fingers ?
    I can do it but just in this order ("?": is the name of the 3rd finger; i do'nt know his english name !:)) : index---> medium--->?---->auriculum and restart in this order.Is this correct !???

    I know a metal bassist (Alex Webster from Cannibal Corpse ) that does it marvellously but he does it in this order : index--->medium--->?---> auriculum---->?--->medium---->index....and restart in this order !!!!

    PLEASE HELP !!!!!!!!
  2. Luis Fabara

    Luis Fabara

    Aug 13, 2000
    Ecuador (South America)
    Audio Pro - Ecuador
    THe tremolo technique is somewhat complicated to master.
    It is mostly used on classical guitar.
    You could try getting some books on that and aply them to bass.
    I can only play like this: ring -> middle -> index

    But the correct way is very close to what you describe on Alex Webster.
    It should be somewhat like this:
    Index -> Medium ->Ring ->Medium ->Index->Medium->Ring->....
  3. Whatever you do, samoth, the lighter the gauge strings you use, the better off you'll be.
  4. SuperDuck


    Sep 26, 2000
    Tremolo? I'm lost. Do you mean vibrato? Four fingers? Woozle?

    I don't mean to be a pain, I'm just curious as to what the topic is hear, it sounds interesting.
  5. Christopher


    Apr 28, 2000
    New York, NY
    The tremolo technique to which everyone is referring is a classical guitar technique in which the illusion of infinite sustain is achieved by playing the same note on the treble strings very rapidly the three fingers of the right hand (in the order ami). The RH thumb plays the bass strings, resulting in a sustained melody line over an alternating bass line. Other patterns are possible, such as Luis' suggested imami, but these are more commonly used by flamenco players.

    Difficult to explain if you haven't heard it. If you're interested, I recommend you pick up a classical guitar recording featuring Augustin Barrios pieces. Better yet, see if you can find a ripped recording of Albeniz's "Recuerdos de Alahambra". There's a nice Sharon Isbin video performance of that piece over at, but you'll need a hi-speed connection to see it properly.
  6. Ryan L.

    Ryan L. Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Aug 7, 2000
    West Fargo, ND
    Since we are talking about technique here and not basses, I am gonna send this one to the "Technique" forum. You should get more of a response over there.
  7. SuperDuck


    Sep 26, 2000
    Thanks for the info! is a pretty nice page, I didn't even know it existed. As for the tremelo, apparantly I've been doing it for the past couple of months! Certainly not to the extent of Ms. Isbon's incredible performance, but I've been playing around with the concept of that style. I never knew it was called tremolo- when I read that, I imagined the effect of a consistent, rapid change in volume, i.e., a tremolo pedal (is is heard on "Money" by Pink Floyd).
  8. Tremolo is the rapid continuous change in volume. You can do it with a pedal, or the volume knob on your instrument, or with multiple attacks with the fingers as said. Tremolo bars are misnamed - they are vibrato bars. Vibrato is change in pitch. I'm sure almost everybody already knows that, but this is a pet neuroses of mine, and I have to get it right.

    And I believe that "Recuerdos de Alahambra" is a Tarrega peice. It's also the most musical peice of virtuosity that I've ever heard - go and listen to it NOW. Satisfaction gauranteed. Issac Albeniz was a Spanish pianist, some of whose stuff got transcribed for guitar by the finest guitarist of all time - Mr Andres Segovia.