DaveMoutrie wrote: ↑
Wed Sep 04, 2019 6:22 pm
Hi, I wonder if anyone is able to offer me some assistance with the D06 piece by Joseph Ferrer.
The last 4 lines of the piece are played as an imitation of a basque tambour - in the video the professor is making some sort of percussive movement, but the right hand is hidden - does anyone know how this effect is achieved.
Thanking you in advance for your help.
Angela has linked to a good video to watch how to perform the "drum" effect with detailed explanations. However, in that Douglas Niedt video there are two things that are not well observed and, however, seem important to me to execute that effect.
First of all, the camera shot is always from the guitarist's left, and so you cannot see the distance from the place where the thumb hits the strings and the bridge. Secondly, the left hand is not observed which, however, I think is very important.
This is the link to a recording by Pablo Sainz Villegas (not Sáinz, as it erroneously appears in the video). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zXqQtFCJm64
The tambora is between 1:05 and 1:23. You can see that the place where Pablo Sainz Villegas hits the strings with his thumb is approximately four fingers (the whole width of the hand) from the bridge. This is important because there is a certain tendency in the students to strike too close to the bridge and that produces a more percussion sound, but it does not allow listening to the musical notes involved.
You can also see the left hand, because to imitate the small metal plates that the "pandereta" (tambourine), more usual name in Spanish for "tambora", has in the hoop in which the membrane is mounted to strike, the drum effect is usually accompanied by slurs that have to be done with the left hand. That is not seen in the Douglas Niedt video, which does not do those slurs.