Hi all! I’ve been playing for almost 20 years and I’m a recovering “string hopper.” I’m eager to put that bad habit behind me and enjoy this instrument again.
I’ve spent a couple weeks playing with tremolos and I still feel a bit stuck.
I believe I have some issue with elbow motion. When I have a tremolo going that feels comfortable and effortless (which is rare, but it does happen), my forearm feels relaxed and it feels like my elbow isn’t really engaging. It feels like forearm or wrist motion. But as I switch strings or try to play a sequence of notes, my forearm tightens and my elbow engages. On lower strings, as you’ll see in the video, my elbow tries to kickstart the tremolo and then it continues to fight whatever other motion(s) I’m using.
My questions are:
- what motion(s) am I using?
- how do I prevent other motions from interfering?
- if I can get a fluid tremolo on single strings, how do I slow it down or tame it for actual playing?
- any other feedback that might help me make progress?
Looking forward to your feedback.