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We recommend our Beginner Course unless you already have a solid background in flamenco. Even if you’ve played quite a bit of flamenco but feel there are concepts that don’t quite click yet, you’ll be surprised by how many of your questions will be addressed in this course.
As much as you want to! If you complete our Beginner Course you’ll develop a solid understanding of the important principles of how flamenco works, you’ll be able to perform a piece, and you’ll have most of the techniques you need to play flamenco guitar. From there we have an extensive menu of courses and videos that cover hours and hours of material as well as accompaniment, techniques and much more.
If you’re committed to flamenco or don’t have a guitar yet, then you’ll want to get a flamenco guitar or any nylon-string guitar to get started. If you own another guitar and aren’t yet sure if flamenco is your thing, then we recommend you take a few lessons with whatever guitar you have, or borrow a nylon-string guitar if you can. Once you know this is for you you’ll want to get a nylon-string guitar in order to properly learn flamenco technique. You can also watch this video to learn more.
This question is impossible to answer. Most of us who do this for a living know that we’re still always learning, so in that sense there’s no end to it. The answer will depend on how far you want to go and how much time and energy you can devote to your practice.
Once upon a time it was all but impossible to learn flamenco without going to Spain. And if you love flamenco you should absolutely come visit and experience flamenco in its birthplace. But you can learn at home, too. That’s why we built Flamenco Explained, and we’re certain we can help you learn.
No. If you can move your fingers you can learn to play.
It makes no difference whether you’re right or left handed in terms of playing. We do, however, often refer to the fretting hand as the “left hand” and the picking or strumming hand as the “right hand.” Probably not so cool if you’re a lefty, but it’s traditional so lots of us just pick up that language. The only adjustment you’d have to make is to understand that in your case those would be reversed, so when we say “right hand” that would be left for you, and vice versa. ?
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Compás is the most important, and for many the most confusing, past of flamenco. Basically it’s the rhythm. And the reason that compás is difficult for may is that it’s unfamiliar. You have to spend some time with these new rhythms to feel them the way you probably feel 4/4 time. Don’t worry – explaining how compás works is what we do.
Alzapua is one of the coolest flamenco guitar techniques there is. You sort of use the thumb like a pick in that you use both sides of your thumb nail to create a fast, percussive sound unique to flamenco guitar.
Arpeggio technique on the guitar is when you use the right-hand fingers to play the notes of a chord individually, in sequence, rather than all at once as in strumming. Arpeggio is central to right hand flamenco guitar technique.