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Flamenco Explained - The Guitarist's Survival Guide, is the first book that breaks down the inner workings of flamenco and helps the guitarist truly understand this amazing art form. Flamenco Explained presents the underlying architecture of flamenco in a new way that is accessible to all musicians and prepares the aspiring guitarist to accompany flamenco dance and cante and communicate with other flamenco musicians. Flamenco Explained has already been used as the foundation for Berklee College of Music's first ever flamenco guitar class.
You've heard Paco and Tomatito play this falseta, as well as tons of other players. It's a killer Alzapua falseta that starts on one. You couldn't ask for a much better Alzapua workout for your right hand.
Here's a great Moraito falseta por bulerias that also happens to be a great picado workout. It's not that hard to play, but it's definitely not beginner material. It features a bunch of little picado bursts, many of which start on one string and continue on another. Perfect for cleaning up your t...
Here's a bulerias falseta I wrote that's almost all arpeggio. It's got that 2 over 3 thing where we play three note phrases but in 8th notes (two notes per beat), and it also has a few faster triplet arpeggios thrown in. It's a nice all-purpose falseta that will also give your arpeggios a workout.
Bulerias Explained - Level 3 - Thumb Falseta by Paco de Lucia - PERFORMANCE
We had to include at least on Paco de Lucia falseta in the course, and this one seems to have been one of Paco’s favorites, given how often he played it. There’s a lot going on, both rhythmically and technically, so take this one slow and make sure you understand where each phrase starts and stop...
While perhaps not technically a falseta (there’s no real definition that I know of, but this feels like a bit less than a falseta), this is a great little bit to throw in between falsetas or after the singer has finished a letra. Check out the way the melody connects to the 10-11-12 phrase that p...
Bulerias Explained - Level 3 - ArpegScaleThumb Falseta by Kai Narezo - PERFORM
This Bulerías falseta starts out with a Major 7 sound (the Vicente Amigo influence) that combines arpeggio and picado, but it ends with a driving thumb figure that changes the energy of the falseta - and that can also be used on its own.
Bulerias Explained - Level 3 - Good For Intro Falseta by Kai Narezo - PERFORM
This Bulerías Falseta combines arpeggio, picado, thumb and some left-hand stretches into a somewhat longer falseta than we’ve seen. It can be used as an introduction but also works anywhere else you’d play a falseta.
This picado falseta by Enrique Melchor features both the symmetric diminished scale, which is a staple of modern flamenco, and diminished arpeggios, which are somewhat more traditional. You may find you disagree with the fingerings given, which is fine if you find an easier way for you to play th...
Bulerias Explained - Level 3 - A Minor Falseta by Sabicas - PERFORMANCE
Sabicas was famous for his minor Bulerías, and this may be his most famous falseta of all. It’s almost all picado in eight notes, and the phrases start on beat 1 and 7 instead of the more common beats 12 and 6.
This arpeggio falseta features some beautiful chords - and melodies within each chord - as well as some tricky syncopated anticipations of the downbeat of each phrase. You can also play the chord progression with rasgueados rather than arpeggios, or you can do both, as we do here.
Bulerias Explained - Level 2 - Syncopated Falseta by Kai Narezo - PERFORMANCE
Probably the most jubilant falseta in the whole Bulerías course, this one has some interesting staccato syncopation at the beginning, and continues to some syncopated versions of otherwise traditional phrasing.
Bulerias Explained - Level 2 - Thumb Falseta by Kai Narezo - PERFORMANCE
This Bulerías falseta - which can also be thrown in as a “detalle” (literally a detail, this can be a short flourish or something less than a falseta that you throw in somewhere) - features a great thumb and index technique that’s unique to flamenco, as well as a different kind of 6-beat phrase.
This Alzapua falseta is relatively simple but has one new feature, which is that rather than start on beat 12 it starts on beat 11. Thinking of beat 11 as a pickup to a downbeat on beat 12 can help make this feel more natural.
Bulerias Explained - Level 1 - Thumb Falseta Traditional Morón Style - PERFORM
This is a very traditional falseta in the Morón style (Morón de la Frontera is a town not too far from Sevilla that’s famous for its flamenco). The falseta is relatively simple and involves thumb technique in the right hand and some slurs in the left hand. The phrasing is very traditional and thi...
Bulerias Explained - Level 1 - Arpeggio Falseta by Kai Narezo - PERFORMANCE
A relatively simple falseta that is traditionally phrased with 8th notes starting on beat 12 and ending on beat 6, until the final longer phrase which starts on 12 and end on beat 6 of the next compás.