Alegrias Explained - Episode 3
In this week’s episode we look at the second letra of the danced Alegrias - how to get into it, the letra itself, and what happens after. The accompaniment of the cante is the same as in the first letra - you can review that here: https://learn.flamencoexplained.com/videos/cante-alegrias - but getting into and out of the 2nd letra is a bit different, and can take a bit of getting used to if you’re new to the Subida (speeding up). Also there are a few options after the 2nd letra so watch to hear the guys discuss what might happen next!
Here are a few resources and review materials for you to look at as you learn to accompany Alegrias:
Alegrias compás - https://learn.flamencoexplained.com/alegrias-playlist/videos/alegrias-compas
More Alegrias compás - https://learn.flamencoexplained.com/alegrias-playlist/videos/7-8-9-phrasees
Alegrias Palmas https://learn.flamencoexplained.com/palmas-playlist/videos/palmas-overview
Solea - https://learn.flamencoexplained.com/palmas-playlist/videos/palmas-solea
Our Alegrias playlist on Spotify - https://tinyurl.com/y5r37sjo
Up Next in Alegrias Explained
Alegrias Explained - Episode 4
In this week’s episode we look at the Silencio and the transition into the Castellana. The Silencio itself is pretty standardized - it’s essentially a mini guitar solo that is slow, lyrical and in the minor key, and it’s one of those things you can actually have prepared beforehand. The Castellan...
Alegrias Explained - Episode 05
The Escobilla - in Alegrías is all about giving the dancer a pulse for their footwork. The tricky bit is knowing what pulse they need. Normally a lifetime of playing for dance class will prepare you to know this, but here at Flamenco Explained we’re all about giving you the cheat-sheet, so we br...
Alegrias Explained - Episode 06
The bulería that happens at the end of the Alegrías is known as the Bulería de Cadiz, because Alegrías originated in the port city of Cadiz, and the letras are very distinctive. As far as the right hand is concerned it’s just another bulería, but the melodies and chords are different than the phr...