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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.
Tangos Explained - Thumb Tomatito Falseta - Performance
One of my favorite Tomatito falsetas por Tangos, this one features thumb and alzapua techniques, along with some big left hand stretches. Most of it is ‘simple’ but not easy, especially to get it to sound as powerful as Tomatito does when he plays it. And the little alzapua bit at the end is neit...
This falseta is based on an Estribillo, or chorus, of a sung Tangos. It’s groovy and very playable, though the tag at the end can be just a bit challenging. You don’t have to play that tag, but it’s a fun one to learn and good for practicing your arpeggio to picado transition.
Besides being a fun straight-ahead picado falseta for your Tangos, this one doubles as a great picado study. Practicing preparing your right hand placement and working on your left-hand / right-hand coordination to get the most out of this one.
This short Tangos solo features a lot of compás and three falsetas that cover arpeggio, alzapua and picado techniques. You can learn it as played or you can think of it as a template for dropping in new falsetas and compás variations as you learn them.
This arpeggio falseta, which works great as an intro or anywhere in your Tangos, is relatively simple but has a few little technical challenges and some syncopation that make a bit less simple than it may seem.
Tangos Explained - Syncopated Thumb Falseta - Performance
This may be simplest falseta in the course in terms of technique, though the syncopation will be tricky for some. It’s a great hard-driving falseta played on the bass strings that requires solid coordination of the left and right hands and a good feel for the compás.
These Sevillanas for solo guitar are great for learning Sevillanas, working on your technique and accompanying dance, too. Learn one at a time, and each one will be easier than the previous one as you get the hang of the structure.