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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.
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.
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...
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.
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.
Four Sevillanas in four different keys (E, A, F# and B phrygian). These Sevillanas are pretty advanced both technically and rhythmically, so you may want to review the Traditional Sevillanas tutorial before tackling this.
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.
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.
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.