Course materials and PDF for this can be downloaded here: https://z9w5n3j9.stackpathcdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/FE_LFG_UltimateGuide.pdf
Welcome to Learn Flamenco Guitar: The Ultimate Guide, Flamenco Explained’s comprehensive course for learning what you need to know about ﬂamenco guitar. We know why you’re here, and that you want to get started right away, so we’ll make this as quick as possible, but we’ll also encourage you to read this now to get a few things out of the way before you start.
This booklet is meant as a companion to the video course. By itself the information here will not be enough to give you a real sense of how ﬂamenco works. Flamenco has traditionally been taught by rote - you sit with a teacher who shows you what to do and corrects you if you do it wrong. Our course is designed to replicate this system, to the extent possible without direct interaction. We recommend you always watch the videos ﬁrst.
Once you’ve watched the video for a given lesson, the material here will serve to remind you of what’s been covered. Occasionally we’ll have some additional information here, but the great bulk of the instruction is contained in the videos, and not here in this booklet. You’ll also notice that some of the videos, notably most of the ﬁrst few, have no chapter here, as I see no beneﬁt in notating the information in those videos.
Almost all of the material in the course is included in the notation and TABs in this booklet, but in many cases it’s in condensed form, so that it will only make perfect sense after you’ve watched the video. And in some cases the material contained here represents the component parts of what you’ve learned, but not every possible variation - this is on purpose!
Flamenco is diﬀerent from classical music in that you are not expected to learn to play a piece as written. In fact, until very recently ﬂamenco was not written down in any way at all. One of the goals of this course is to teach you to play real ﬂamenco, and not just to learn a piece that might be considered ﬂamenco.
Because of this you will learn how to put things together on your own. For some this will come easily, and for others it will not be so easy. We could have made life a little easier by handing you a piece to play, but that’s just not how ﬂamenco works. Our commitment is to teach real ﬂamenco and to not cut any corners or dumb anything down. So it may take a little more work, but we believe it will be worth it, as you will come out on the other end with a real understanding of how ﬂamenco does work.
One last thing - Enjoy the process! Learning something new can be frustrating at times, but it’s one of the most rewarding things you can do. So commit to the learning process and if you run into trouble, give yourself some time and don’t get down because you can’t get something right away. As I say throughout the course: “it’s not that you can’t do this - you just can’t do it YET.”