The Use of A-M-I Scale Technique to Facilitate the Performance of Joaquín Rodrigo's Concierto de Aranjuez
AuthorPalmer, Matthew Clayton
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AbstractThe abundance of scale passages found in Joaquín Rodrigo's Concierto de Aranjuez for guitar and orchestra tests the stamina and swiftness of even the most capable guitarists. A relatively new technique of using three fingers of the right hand, known as A-M-I, to articulate fast scales provides an alternative means of effectively mastering Rodrigo's masterpiece. A-M-I scale technique is a fast and effective way to play scales on the classical guitar. In various forms, this three-finger right-hand system of fingering scales has been used effectively by a small group of classical guitarists since being pioneered by Narciso Yepes in the mid-twentieth century. The current approach to A-M-I scale technique requires specific fingering systems to effectively coordinate and synchronize the left and right hands, making it a distinct technique demanding thorough consideration and deliberate study. The increased right-hand velocity and greater efficiency inherent in A-M-I technique can greatly enhance the performance of Joaquín Rodrigo's virtuosic Concierto de Aranjuez.
Degree ProgramGraduate College