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elementary – soleá 3

Here is the final installment of our soleá. There are four rasgueado exercises that form the basic soleá rasgueados. More details about these are given in the newly updated rasgueado page.You can download the pdf here:
At the top of the page I have shown some simple chords that are most often used for this […]

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elementary – soleá 2

Here is our second installment of soleá. Another fundamental part of the guitarists’ repetoire. The cierre (cadence or closure) is from Manuel Granados – more about this incredible man in later posts.

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elementary – soleá 1

This lesson introduces the soleá with the most simple of melodies. This melody, played only with the thumb is a fundamental part of the guitar repertoire. Although easy to play there are some important things to consider.

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elementary – rhythmic structures of the main palos

How can you start learning the rhythmic forms of flamenco?
Start counting. Count the beats out loud, or in your head. Do it in any language you like, the idea is to start to develop a feel for the accents sub-consciously. It will help if you tap your foot, click your fingers or tap your knuckles […]

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elementary – tangos and abánico

This tangos introduces thumb and index work and the thumb to play simple compás as well as the abánico technique.
Practise dead slowly, as always because speed will come alone. The focus here is to stay in compás and keep everything even and clean.
The fingering for the abánico can be found with the other rasgueado exercises […]

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elementary: starting with rasgueados and thumb

The “palo” is called “tangos”.
In this lesson we will look at basic rasgueados and some thumb techniques. You can find some exercises and advice for rasgueados here and for thumb work here.
You will see that there are two mp3 recordings. One features guitar and the other is palms and cajón. When you practise, always play […]

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Tangos improvisation

Here is a tangos that features a Solo Compás backing track. I have been practising picado recently and here are the results. Of course, still lots of work to do with respect to technique, but the practice is paying off, slowly but surely!
There is also a new alzapúa falseta that I came up with today […]

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Exercise for soleá for alzapúa and arpeggios.

Here it is, after far too long, is some music for you. It is, after all the purpose of the site. Continue reading, using the link below to hear the mp3. This soleá is por medio and the cejilla is on the fourth fret. It is really a technical exercise, but with some very useful […]

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Alegría compás

Nearly everything consists of rasgueados and a couple of very short falsetas. You will notice that the compás (featuring cajón, palmas and jaleo) is excellently done. This is not my work, but a track that I have used from the excellent series of cds called “Solo Compás”.

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Compás and its place in flamenco.

Very upset I was when I was told that flamenco compás can be changed as you like and that inserting extra beats and/or chords in non-usual places is called syncopation. This is an error.
Compás cannot be changed, it is the fruit of evolution and forms part of the cultural legacy of the people of Andalucí­a. […]

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