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!