Here I will be chronicling my experience of learning flamenco guitar, flamenco has always been a style that I have had an intense interest in but only recently had the time and concentration to start studying seriously. Even though I have played guitar for many years I found it was best to approach flamenco as though I was learning a whole new instrument, which in many ways you are, it was a chance to explore a whole new way of playing, different time signatures, note groupings and accents, intense and varied picking hand technique and harmonic and melodic ideas that are only touched on in contemporary music. I have also found flamenco guitarists to be the true masters of blending mind blowing technical proficiency with true emotion and passion in their playing and that is something I have always greatly admired.
SOLEARES - BASIC COMPAS AND TWO FALSETA
Solaeras is the first palos I have been learning, in it's most basic form the compas is in a bar of 12 beats with accents on 3,6,8,10,12. The first falseta is a basic picado pattern, this is followed by the basic compas, then a basic tremolo falseta.
BLUERIAS - BASIC COMPAS AND TWO FALSETA
Bulerias is the second palos I have been learning, like the soleras it is counted in bars of 12 beats with accents on 3,6,8,10,12 but each bar starts on the 12th beat. The two falseta used here make good use of the thumb which almost always requires rest strokes.