Flamenco guitar has become a very popular style of music and guitar playing in recent years. It is a very passionate, expressive and exciting style of playing.
I have been teaching and performing as a Flamenco guitarist here in the San Francisco Bay Area for over 10 years now and I have seen the Flamenco community grow tremendously since then.
Since there are many great flamenco books available on the market already, my goal with this blog is to provide beginners as well as advanced students with tips that I think may be useful for their practice.
So, if you are interested in Flamenco and would like to improve your sound or technique I hope that this blog will be helpful to you.
One of the biggest problems for flamenco guitar beginners is that they tend to use the whole hand to play chords instead of only the fingers. This is not only inefficient but will in the long run lead to some pretty bad injuries.
The best way to get rid of this habit is to practice with a light pick. For example, try playing your chords with a 0.5mm tortex tortex pick (I’ve been using them for years) and you’ll see how much easier it is to get that clear flamenco guitar sound.
Once you’ve gotten used to playing with a light pick, it’s time to start working on your right hand technique.
For all of you who have been playing for years, it’s never too late to improve!
I often get questions from flamenco guitar beginners and people who want to start playing the flamenco guitar, so I thought it would be a good idea to put together some tips for you that can help you get started.
1. Buy a good flamenco guitar for beginners.
If you are on a very tight budget, you can also buy a good used flamenco guitar on eBay or in online classifieds like Craigslist. If there is a local guitar store in your area, go there and try out their guitars. Tell the salesperson that you are looking for an inexpensive flamenco guitar – he should have some suggestions for you.
As a flamenco guitar beginner, you may not be sure of how to best achieve your desired sound. To help you get there, we’ve put together some tips on how to get the most out of your practice sessions.
1.Keep your nails short and don’t play with your fingers.
2.Use the nail of your right-hand index finger to pick the strings.
3.Use the nail of your right hand middle finger to mute the strings.
4.Don’t press too hard when you play: it will affect your sound and make it more difficult to play fast passages as well as quiet ones at the same time (e.g., arpeggios).
I would like to write some flamenco guitar tips and advice for beginners. These are the questions I get asked most by beginners:
How do I hold the guitar?
What is rasgueado?
What is picado?
What is alzapua?
How do I play tremolo?
How do I use the metronome?
How do I read tablature?
What flamenco guitar should I buy first?
What strings should I use for my flamenco guitar?
How long does it take to learn flamenco guitar?
Although this blog is dedicated to flamenco guitar, many of the techniques and tips can be applied to other styles also.
So if you are just starting out with the guitar, here are some tips:
First off, I’m assuming you already know the basics of the guitar itself (how to hold the instrument correctly, how to tune it, how to hold a pick etc.) If not then please go and check out some beginner’s lessons on youtube. There are plenty available for free and it’s really important that you get these basics right from the start so that later on you don’t have to spend time unlearning anything. It will save you a lot of time in the long run!
Here are some tips to help you get started:
There are three types of flamenco guitar: classical, romantic, and baroque. Each has its own unique qualities. Classical flamenco guitar is the most common type and often used in popular music. Romantic flamenco guitar has a more lyrical style and often incorporates flamenco rhythms into pop music. Baroque flamenco guitar has a more complex sound.
The most common way to play Flamenco is by imitating the percussive sounds of Spanish folk music. For example, if you are playing Flamenco on a six-string acoustic guitar, you can imitate the sound of castanets by striking the strings with your fingers in rapid succession.
If you have a seven-string guitar, you can also use it to play Flamenco by using different tunings for each string. For example, if you have a seven-string classical guitar tuned to standard tuning, then you should tune your first (lowest) string down one whole step (from E to D). This will give you a C chord when played with a pick or fingers on all six strings.
Flamenco is generally played at a very fast tempo; however, there are