Thomas Viloteau teaches his approach to developing a tremolo that is both rhythmically even and musically flexible. The lesson begins with an explanation of Viloteau’s personal experience learning the technique and why it is important - when applying it to a piece - to always put the music first.
He then goes into the basic P-A-M-I movement and shares two crucial tools for working out the kinks in your tremolo - a metronome and your smart phone. This is followed with Viloteau’s three types of tremolo techniques which are each demonstrated in the context of Augustin Barrios’ masterpiece El Ultimo Tremolo.
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About Thomas Viloteau
The French-born guitarist Thomas Viloteau has won awards in numerous international competitions, including first prize at the Segovia Competition (Linares, Spain), Mottola (Italy), Ville d’Antony (Paris, France), Sernancelhe (Portugal) and in 2006, only nine years after he started playing, the Guitar Foundation of America International Competition, resulting in his first recording for Naxos.
In the summer of 2012, after years away from competitions, he played for the first time at the Francisco Tárrega Competition in Benicàssim, where he won the prestigious first prize. Along with his education and competitions, Viloteau has performed as a soloist in Italy, Spain, Sweden, France, Germany and Taiwan.
In 2007, Viloteau toured for seven months in the United States, Canada and Mexico, where he played and taught numerous concerts and masterclasses. His biggest venue in the United States was the Kennedy Center, when he was chosen to represent the San Francisco Conservatory of Music in 2009.
Thomas Viloteau is a member of the faculty in the guitar program at the Johns Hopkins Peabody Institute.