Now comes the four-finger rasgueo, starting with the little finger. I have used
the letter l for this finger. After thorough practice of the three finger pattern,
this will seem easier. However, without the prior work to free the ring finger,
it becomes a meaningless scrape. Following the example above (rhythm of Malgueñas),
we have a triplet instead of the two sixteenth notes. Expressed in words, tum ta-ta
tum ta-ta tum becomes tum tiddly tum tiddly tum. The four downward strokes time
to the tiddly tum. It is still important to try for clear sounds. Here it is in
As before, all strokes are in a downward direction.
Once you can play this, try the Malagueña study that follows. I have simplified
the notation in the same way.
Although most of this study is rasgueado, there are some short segments of single
notes (punteado). For simplicity, I have marked these with a v mark over the notes.
Try to keep the count of three going throughout.
A. Here is the first segment of single notes marked with v.