Seguiriya (11 of 11) by Jose Luis (SB Sessions)

Seguiriya No. 11

This is a falseta that utilizes a special technique that Jose has developed over many years. The first guitarist to develop this type of tremelo was Manolo Sanlucar (See “Oracion” from Tauromagia album). Manolo had a big impact on Jose as a young guitarist as well as countless others.

I have written this out in a different time signature from the other Seguiriyas. Instead of 2/4 – 6/8 – 1/4 , I have decided to write it out so that you can see the subdivisions more clearly. So this is written out in the following 2/4, 2/4, 3/4, 3/4, 2/4. Each system equals one count of 12 or “compas”.

As far as fingering for the tremolo goes, It is hard to nail Jose down on which fingering he uses to start the group as he thought he was playing groups of sixes but after slowing it down and counting it out the groups are actually in 4’s.

So with this new information I recommend using the following fingering:

  • Fingering no.1 2/4: p, i, m, a, m, i, m, a 2/4: p, i, m, a, m, i, m, a 3/4: p, i, m, a, m, i, m, a, m, i, m, a 2/4: p, i, m, a, m, i, m, a On another note, tremolo is a highly personal technique in that one fingering is not always suited to everyones technical abilities. I encourage you to try and find a fingering that works for yourself. Another fingering you might also try is the following:
  • Fingering no.2 2/4: p, a, m, i, m, a, m, i 2/4: p, a, m, i, m, a, m, i 3/4: p, a, m, i, m, a, m, i, m, a, m, i 2/4: p, a, m, i, m, a, m, i Additionally, you will notice that in measure 9, Jose skips the bass note entirely. Being that Fingering no. 1,2 end with either “a” or “i”, the “m” will always follow in the pattern.
  • Which leaves really only 2 choices which are the following: If you used Fingering no.1: m, i, m, a If you used Fingering no.2: m, a, m, i Good Luck!!!

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