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4(d). Thumb Triplets

Here’s a technique by Tony McManus to make classical guitar teachers freak out. The triplet is rendered entirely with the thumb, by very rapidly doing a down-up-down combination. It's almost as if the thumbnail is a plectrum. Economy of movement is key here, with the thumb knuckle joint doing all the work. Keeping the right hand still is key here. The best example of this technique is Tony's tune “Pierre's Right Arm” on the Ceol More CD.

The difficulty here is to make sure that the 3 notes receive a distinct attack from the nail. It is easier to play the string from the left side of the thumbnail. However, contacting the string too far off the center of the nail can cause a brushing sound which ruins the effect. Some examples of this technique are found in the tablature for “The Potato Van” (measure 37 onwards) and “Mapping the Paddocks” (measure 105 onwards).

Example 4.8 is an excerpt from “Mapping the Paddocks” which uses the thumb triplet technique with some strumming and left-hand ornaments.

Exercise 4.8. Thumb triplets from “Mapping the Paddocks”
Tuning DADGAD - Capo 2nd fret

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