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P-C-I Triplet Abanico Rasgueado

This video includes 10 exercises to help you develop your PCI or PAI rasgueado correctly.

One of the most quintessential sounds of flamenco is the continuous triplet rasgueado. There are several rasgueado techniques that we can use to produce triplets including extension-contraction rasgueados as well as rotation rasgueados. Today I’ll discuss one of two rotations rasgueados that are used to play triplets: the P-C-I (or P-A-I) rasgueado.

This rasgueado is played using a combination of rotation and extension. To execute this technique, the thumb (p) strums up using forearm rotation, followed by a light extension with either the little finger (c) or the ring finger (a), and finished with a rotational strum down with the index finger (i).

A good practice is to chain movements together 1-2 at a time to form longer and longer phrases. Try using a combination of slow and fast movements: slow to learn and correct and fast to test and increase speed. Just make sure to avoid tension since this will cause injury and give you diminishing results.

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