Category Archives: Flamenco Guitar

The elusive flamenco guitar

“Flamenco has a solid reputation for being hermetic to those who have not been initiated into it. Some pretend that this hermeticism is nothing but a pretext to disguise its limits and insufficiencies.  Isn’t flamenco, under these conditions, nothing but a carefully managed eye fooler? The question of its deep-seated nature cannot be forever eluded. Are we in the presence of true art or a popular art? Yet, it seems to be accessible only to the initiated, even though they are relatively small in number. It is a fact that flamenco, formed by shades of light and dark, is elusive. It loses its own authenticity in contact with the forces of the music hall footlights. Yet, it resurges with its own complete vigor in semi-dark caves…” Read mere here (originally pub way back in 1981 in Guitarra magazine, now brought online.

You’ll notice a flamenco guitar usually has a tapping plate to protect the top from percussive effects.

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Sabicas: Malaguena

I don’t know, all of a sudden I’m into flamenco. This is my favorite rendition of this famous flamenco piece.

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“Masters of Flamenco Guitar”

This is a great CD anthology of live flamenco guitar playing, featuring selections by Sabicas (Chet Atkins considered his technique “the finest around”), Nino Ricardo,  Melchor de Marchena, etc.Go to the Amazon link here to listen to almost twenty samples.

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Getting up to speed

“…From the blazing tempos of bluegrass and bebop to the lightning-quick flourishes inherent in Gypsy jazz and flamenco, many acoustic styles require guitarists to play single-note lines with speed and conviction. While most musicians are captivated by the ability to play fast, the guitar is a difficult instrument to play quickly… Keeping in mind that speedy lines sound best when played with clarity and good tone, the best way to start building your chops is to combine a regular practice routine that improves your technique with different approaches to picking and fretting…” From here, “Acoustic Guitar Magazine”.

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Flamenco played on electric guitar with a pick

This is an unusual combination–electric guitar with classical guitar machine head,  no sound hole, no visible pickup (transducer?), plectrum technique… then finger technique…–when it comes to flamenco guitar playing. Though perhaps it’s too far afield for Flamenco purists (e.g., Montoya or Sabicas affectionadoes), it’s still pretty interesting. ; the guitarist is Steve Stevens.

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Flamenco guitar course

Flamenco guitarist G. Graf-Martinez has an example of what his flamenco course offers. You’ll find it on You Tube, along with many other lessons.

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