- What is rasgueado?
- Rasgueado is a type of flamenco technique, it is executed while placing the thumb of the right hand to the low E string and make the hits with the other fingers. In this way the fingernails will hit the guitar, so it will have a much stronger sound then just using the skin for the strumming pattern. With this technique Flamenco players can go very fast and very strong. There are many different types depends on what rhythm is used or how many fingers.
- How do you call the fingers?
- One stroke Rasgueado
- It is called one stroke rasgueado, because the guitarists only use their index finger for this technique. The thumb is placed on the low E string (which means just resting on the string, not pushing it down). The other fingers are in a fist mode and you have to flick from the bottom of the thumb on a way that your index finger ends up just below the strings and remains curved. As it needs to be ready to go back to the original starting point. Some people do not flick strong so you can practice doing this technique without the guitar, with a coin it can be a good exercise.
And here is the video I made on this technique:
- Three stroke rasgueado
- It is called three stroke rasgueado, because the guitarists use three fingers to do this technique, and these are: I (index), M (middle), A (ring finger). The thumb is placed on the low E string (which means just resting on the string, not pushing it down). The other fingers are in a fist mode like in the other technique and you have to flick from the bottom of the thumb with all of the three fingers in this order: A, M, I.
- For the four stroke rasgueado, you do the same movement so A, M, I, and then with the index finger you strum up as the 4th movement. Or you use you little finger (c) starting the movement. So the sequence is the following: C, A, M, I.
And here is the video, that I made on the technique, which is used in a traditional Flamenco style, called Farruca. I also made a TAB in guitarpro and PDF as well.