Picado

- What is picado?
- It is an alternate picking technique used for soloing in Flamenco. The index and middle fingers are used in strict alternation to pluck the strings. After striking the string, the finger comes to rest on the adjacent, lower-pitched string – thus the term “rest stroke” is commonly used to describe this picking method. During picado, when the three highest-pitched strings of the guitar are being played, the thumb is placed on the low E string for stability; when the three lowest-pitched strings are being played, the thumb cannot rest on the low E string, but must remain suspended in mid-air. The rest-stroke of the flamenco picado produces a stronger and louder sound than the free-stroke technique which is preferred by classical guitarists, who favour a softer sound which is required for much of the classical repertoire.

- What is important?
- Observe strict alteration of the index and middle fingers. Never play two notes in a row with a single finger – this will hamper your speed and disrupt your rhythm.
- Always make very small movements in both hands; economy of motion will enable you to develop great speed in picado.
- Always have some nail, but not too much. If your nail is too long, it can get “stuck” while making the movements, if you have no nail, or too little nail, the sound will be weak. Experiment to determine your ideal nail length.

- 4 weeks picado challenge
- Do the three-notes-per-beat exercise every day for 10 minutes using the metronome.
- Start at a speed where your sound is clean and you can hear the notes clearly; if it starts to sound messy, revert to a slower metronome speed.
- Check and record your progress every week.

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- Forward exercise: Guitarpro5, PDF.

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- Positions 1 and 2 Guitarpro5, PDF.

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- Positions 1, 2, 3, and 4 Guitarpro5, PDF.