Tangos Explained

Tangos Explained

19 Episodes

Course Material notation and TABS for this course can be found here: https://flamencoexplained.com/tabs-and-notation/
This Tangos Explained course was designed to be our Level 2 course, to be taken upon completion of our Learn Flamenco Guitar: The Ultimate Guide course, which focuses on Soleá. Tangos is in 4/4 time, so in that sense it will probably feel a little easier. Tangos is also traditionally played Por Medio - in the key of A Phrygian. In fact, most of flamenco compás is either in 12 (like Soleá) or in 4/4, and most flamenco is either traditionally played Por Arriba (like Soleá) or Por Medio (like Tangos). This means that by the time you finish this course you will begin to really have an understanding of a lot of the important elements to continue studying flamenco.

The material in this course was designed to be more challenging than that found in our Soleá course, but playable by the intermediate player who has a good technical foundation and some dedication and patience. We do not include technical exercises or lessons in this course, but rather refer you to our Techniques Playlist for any technical issues that may arise as you learn the material. There are no techniques in this course that are not covered in our Technique lessons.

We recommend that you take as much time as you need, and then some, on the Basic Compás video. This video is absolutely fundamental in learning how Tangos works. If you learn the falsetas without first mastering the compás it’s very unlikely that you will learn to play a convincing Tangos. Our Tangos Compás 2 video has many variations, but don’t feel the need to learn all of the material there if it is currently too challenging. You can always come back to this video as your technique improves or as you crave more variety in your compás.

When you do get to the falsetas, remember that you don’t need to learn them all. You may choose one or two and really get to know them well before learning more. And if you learn the compás well and one or two falsetas that’s really all you need to play a little Tangos or to accompany.

If your technique is advanced and you want even more material, you can check out our Tangos Falseta Playlist to find some great challenging stuff to add to you repertoire or to work on as long-term study. And of course you can always add Tangos material that you learn anywhere else to what you learn in this course.

Tangos is lighter, and some might say “more fun”, than Soleá. How you feel about this is of course very personal, but there’s no doubt that Tangos is very different from Soleá. Enjoy the course, take your time with it, and be proud that you’ve gotten this far!

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Tangos Explained
  • Tangos Explained - Compás - Tutorial

    Episode 1

    In this video we look at most important elements of Tangos - the basic compás and Llamadas/Cierres - and in particular we look at a variation of the two-finger rasgueado that is traditionally used to play the compás. This will form the foundation of everything you do in Tangos, so take your time ...

  • Tangos Explained - Palmas - Tutorial

    Episode 2

    The Palmas are the underlying structure of any Palo, so the better you know them the better you’ll feel the compás. We can’t recommend strongly enough that you spend some time with the Palmas as you learn to play compás por Tangos. As you learn to feel the Palmas you will begin to feel more free ...

  • Tangos Explained - Compás 2 - Tutorial

    Episode 3

    In this video we build upon the material covered in the Tangos Basic Compás video by adding rhythmic variations, chord progressions, and some more technically challenging bits. Some of this material might be beyond your current technical level, and that’s ok. While I strongly urge you to master a...

  • Tangos Explained - Intro Arpeggio Falseta - Performance

    Episode 4

    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 - Intro Arpeggio - Tutorial

    Episode 5

    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 - Estribillo Falseta - Performance

    Episode 6

    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.

  • Tangos Explained - Estribillo Falseta - Tutorial

    Episode 7

    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.

  • Tangos Explained - Syncopated Thumb Falseta - Performance

    Episode 8

    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.

  • Tangos Explained - Syncopated Thumb Falseta - Tutorial

    Episode 9

    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.

  • Tangos Explained - Arpeggio with Pull-offs Falseta - Performance

    Episode 10

    Another good candidate for an intro falseta, this one introduces a new technique of adding a pull-off in the middle of an arpeggio that is quite common in flamenco.

  • Tangos Explained - Arpeggio with Pull-offs Falseta - Tutorial

    Episode 11

    Another good candidate for an intro falseta, this one introduces a new technique of adding a pull-off in the middle of an arpeggio that is quite common in flamenco.

  • Tangos Explained - Thumb Tomatito Falseta - Performance

    Episode 12

    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 neither...

  • Tangos Explained - Thumb Tomatito Falseta - Tutorial

    Episode 13

    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 neither...

  • Tangos Explained - Picado Falseta - Performance

    Episode 14

    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.

  • Tangos Explained - Picado Falseta - Tutorial

    Episode 15

    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.

  • Tangos Explained - Putting It Together - Tutorial

    Episode 16

    In this video we look at how to really play Tangos. We take the material we’ve learned and look at ways to flow from compás to falseta and back, and ways to learn the material so that you’re always in compás and can use any new material you may learn as well.

  • Tangos Explained - Guitar Solo - Performance

    Episode 17

    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.

  • Tangos 1 - Guitar Solo - Tutorial

    Episode 18

    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.

  • Cante Explained - Tangos

    Episode 19

    In this video Kai and singer Juan Murube look at one of the most common Tangos letras you’re likely to run into. If you’re going to learn just one Letra, this is the one you want. There are many variations that use the same melody and structure but with different lyrics, so if you learn this one ...