Video tutorial: Rodrigo y Gabriela on right-hand technique

Rodrigo y Gabriela, the Mexican guitar duo based in Dublin, fought off competition from both the Arctic Monkeys and Johnny Cash to reach the top spot in the Irish album charts when their eponymous second album was released.

They then went on to support Muse at one of the first gigs at the new Wembley Stadium; certainly an impressive feat for two young musicians who arrived in Dublin in 1999 with nowhere to live and only $1000 between them.

They started out busking in the street, but their phenomenal technical ability and innovative approach to composition ensured that their brand of metal-influenced acoustic guitar reached a wider audience.

In this video lesson, Gabriela Quintero explains her rhythm techniques with clear demonstrations of how they can be combined to create an impressive palette of percussive excitement and colour. The techniques used will be unfamiliar to most of you, so you will need to adopt a disciplined approach to get to grips with them. The examples here cover the four basic ideas needed to build your own Latino-tinged guitar grooves.

For more information and video clips, visit Rodrigo y Gabriela's website.

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