GRANADA WEEK LONG WORKSHOP

July 22 - 26, 2024

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Week Long Summer 2024 - Granada Spain
$1,000.00
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Our weeklong Granada Workshop is for students wanting to refine their technique, compás and fluidity, while experiencing this amazing city during the Granada Guitar Festival. The workshop runs from July 22 to July 26, 2024.

WHAT TO EXPECT

Think of this workshop as a compás and technique bootcamp. The idea is to really drill both, so that you come out of the week with more confidence in the material you play and a greater understanding of how everything works in context.

We’ll spend a couple of hours each day working on technique and compás exercises, and we’ll spend the rest of the time applying all of this to feeling comfortable playing – to really owning the material you have and gaining a sense of mastery.

We’ll have at least one guest teacher for guitar, and we’ll bring in a singer one day so you can experience what it feels like to accompany Cante.

CLASSES

We will meet for five days – Monday July 22 through Friday July 26.

Classes will be held from 10AM until 2PM each day at Peña La Plateria, the oldest flamenco peña in Spain, in the Albaicin neighborhood of Granada.

Most days, the first two hours will focus on technique and compás, and the second two hours will focus on applying this to material. We will take a short break between the two sessions.

MEALS

Meals are not included in the price of the workshop. There is a bar/restaurant at the Platería, where classes are held, which has great tapas and a good menu as well. We suspect we will be eating many after-class meals there. Check out the Pro-Tips tab for more info on tapas and eating in Granada. 

ALSO INCLUDED

Also included in the workshop price are concerts for the Granada Guitar Festival and a trip to a flamenco show in the caves of Sacromonte. 

WHAT WILL WE COVER

We’ll focus on Solea and Bulerias, and we’ll learn some Tangos as well. And rather than give you tons of material, we’ll really work on making the most out of a little. The specifics of how much we cover will depend on the overall level of the group.

WHAT LEVELS / PREREQUISITES

The question we get the most is “Am I ready for this?” Ideally, you’ve finished the Flamenco Explained Beginner Course, and you have a pretty solid grasp of Soleá. It would be helpful to have some familiarity with other Palos as well. We likely won’t be doing anything super virtuosic, but at  a minimum you should have a decent sense of compás and feel comfortable with your rasgueados.

If you’re unsure if you’re ready to get the most out of a workshop like this, just send us an email and we’ll talk it through. We’ll probably ask you for a video to see where you’re at, and we can discuss if you’re ready and even what to be working on between now and the time of the workshop.

WHAT ELSE WILL WE DO

Granada is a magical city, and the workshop is part of the Granada Guitar Festival, so there will be lots of guitar-related events the week you’re here. You’ll have tickets to some fantastic flamenco concerts and a few great classical guitar concerts as well, including Pepe Romero’s 80th Birthday concert where we’ll see him play the Concerto de Aranjuez!. We’ll also take you to see a flamenco show in a cave in the historic Sacromonte neighborhood.

There are also tons of great guitar makers in Granada, so if you’re in the market for a guitar we’ll be happy to introduce you to the builders (you shouldn’t expect them to have guitars on hand for sale unless you’ve arranged this in advance, though you never know…). You can also take your guitar to get a fantastic setup from the people who really know!

The Granada Guitar Festival runs from July 15 to August 7  this year. In addition to tons of concerts and our workshops, this year it includes a celebration of Maestro Pepe Romero’s 80th birthday including master classes with Pepe Romero that run from July 27 to the 31 (There are limited spots still available if you want to audit the masterclasses). And for the truly guitar-obsessed, the Antonio Marin guitar making competition is on July 31 and August 1 (I’ll be judging the flamenco guitars again this year) and is open to the public

Siesta

Siesta is a very real thing! While some shops and restaurants in the center will stay open all day, most places close for siesta. For stores, that means approximately 2pm to 6pm. And for restaurants it’s like 4pm to 8pm.

This means a few things:

-Generally don’t expect to get anything like banking or shopping done after 2PM and before 6PM. And for some shops and banks Summer hours are only 10-2pm and they don’t open in the evening.

-Most grocery stores close for siesta, but many convenience stores will stay open and also Carrefour Express (groceries) locations in the center will stay open all day.

-It’s hard to get a meal between 4pm and 8pm. After lunch, most restaurants don’t open their kitchens until 8PM. This is less true in the center, where quite a few places stay open because of the many tourists, but you might want to check before heading to a restaurant for dinner.

Eating in Granada

Breakfast

A typical Spanish breakfast is coffee and a Tostada. A tostada is just bread, like a Spanish baguette, so the fun and personal part is what you choose to have on your tostada. You can have anything from just olive oil (aceite) or butter (mantequilla) to, depending on the spot, salmon and avocado. Common orders include cheese or jamón serrano (like prosciutto but a little stronger) or both together – so you’d order con queso, con jamón, or con queso y jamón. It’s also very common to get a tostada con tomate, by which they mean a crushed tomato pulp that they spread on the bread. So if you order a tostada con jamón they might ask you “con tomate?” as it’s kind of assumed that you’d have that.

Also, they may ask if you want “media” or “entera,” meaning do you want half or a whole one. And sometimes they’ll say media o una, which is the same question. So if you want a half you’d say, for example, “media con tomate y queso” and if you want the whole thing you’d ask for “una entera con aceite y jamón.” You don’t even have to use the word Tostada 🙂

Tapas

Unlike the rest of Spain, restaurants and bars in Granada will serve a pretty significant tapa with your drink order. Depending on the spot, the tapa could be as small as a little piece of bread with something on it, or as much as a small plate of paella or fried fish. In most cases you don’t have a choice of tapa – you get what you get – but it’s becoming more common for places to ask if you eat meat or even to give you a choice (still not very common).

The exceptions are that if the kitchen is closed – generally from 4pm to 8pm or very late at night – you may get something less interesting, like a plate of potato chips or some olives. But if you get to know the places that serve tapas all day you can eat well without ever ordering a meal!

Also – tapas are assumed if you order a beer or wine, and usually also if you order a soft drink or sparkling water. However, if you order a stronger drink it’s common not to be offered a tapa. It seems to be a new thing to offer candy or candy and nuts when you order a gin and tonic, but that’s generally in the kind of place that specializes in gin and tonics.

Raciones

A “ración” is a big plate of a single thing, generally served with no sides. Often you can order a Media Ración (half portion) or Entera – the same principle as the tostada. If you’re with a bunch of friends and want to eat family style, you can order a couple of Raciones and share. Kind of like ordering Chinese food in the States. Raciones can be anything from Calamares (fried squid) to Carne en Salsa (meat in sauce), Alitas (chicken wings) or anything really.

Some of our favorite spots

Many places close certain days of the week, and while some stay open all day others close for siesta (approx. 4 to 8pm for restaurants), so you may want to check before heading out.

Bodegas Castañeda – generally very crowded, the secret here is to just brave the crowd or to go during off-peak hours (from about 4pm to 8pm since they’re open then). The actual tapas are pretty good, but what’s fantastic is stuff that would be considered tapas in the US (but which you pay for). We recommend the Montaditos, and especially the Bacalao Macerado. Also they have some great local Vermouth which is very refreshing.

Bar Los Diamantes – This is a fried fish spot that has a few locations around the center of Granada. The tapas are generous and unlike some places, the tapas consist of actual menu items. The raciones are also quite big and it’s some of the best fried fish we’ve had.

Los Altramuces – Huge tapas! This is the place to go if you’re hungry and don’t want to spend much. Maybe they prioritize quantity over quality just a bit, but the tapas are actually pretty good, and the food from the menu is great typical Spanish fare. It’s located in Campo del Principe in the Realejo neighborhood, very close to the Center. The tables outside fill up fast, but there’s almost always a table inside, which can be nice when it gets hot out. 

Cafe Bar Ras – Located on the Carrera del Darro very close to the Peña la Plateria, this place has great tapas, and one of the best Tortillas Españolas in town. It’s one of our favorite spots, and the menu is also great. Don’t let the name fool you though, it’s not a café but rather a bar/restaurant.

Taberna Jerez – Located in the Realejo, Jerez always has flamenco playing and lets you choose your tapa. We recommend the Jamón Asado, but they’re all really really good. It’s hard to get a table, but who cares?

La Plateria – Though they don’t do flamenco during July or August (except for shows associated with the Guitar Festival), the bar and restaurant are generally open to the public and the tapas are surprisingly good. You might just get a mini bocadillo, but also might get something inspired (like asparagus wrapped in bacon and fried!). Come for the flamenco and stay for the tapas. Or the other way around.

Buying a Guitar

Granada probably has more guitar makers than anywhere else in the world, and yet it’s not as easy as you might think to buy a guitar here. The reason is that almost all makers are one-person operations that make just a couple of guitars at a time, and most of the guitars are made to order. This means that it’s not so common for a maker to have a finished guitar lying around for you to try, much less to buy. And oddly enough, there is no Guitarra Center here where you can try out the guitars of the various makers.

That doesn’t mean it’s impossible to find a guitar, just that it’s not something you can count on. Your best bet is to get in touch with a few makers before you arrive to see if anyone will have a guitar for sale or perhaps one for you to try so you can decide if you want to order one.

Student models – less expensive ones made in larger workshops – are a different matter. There still aren’t as many shops as you might expect, but there are certainly a few. In Granada you aren’t likely to find any of the bigger names like Alhambra or Esteve or Camps, but you can find very decent flamencos for a lot less than luthier-made ones. And we always recommend that while here you take the guitar to a maker to get a great setup, which can make all the difference. Ask us and we can put you in touch with someone who can do that work while you’re here.

Getting Around

Granada is a walking city, but there are a lot of hills, and it gets hot. So we understand if you want alternatives to walking. There are three main alternatives: city buses, taxis, and the hop-on-hop-off bus. Rideshare is starting to be a thing here, but we haven’t had great experiences and wouldn’t count on it, especially for anything that’s time-sensitive. There are buses that go all over the city, including into the Albaicin, and many buses leave from Plaza Nueva. You can check out the bus routes here. For the center, including the Albaicín, Alhambra, Sacromonte and Realejo, you’ll be looking at the C30, C31, C32, C34 and C35 routes.

Taxis are really quite affordable in Granada, so we won’t judge you if you choose to take a very short cab ride to avoid a very hot walk up a long hill!

The Alhambra

If you’re in Granada you really don’t want to miss visiting the Alhambra – it’s just spectacular. But tickets for Summer need to be bought well in advance.

This is the official site for buying tickets.

Any other site is a reseller and will be more expensive. That said, resellers may have availability if the official site is sold out for the day you want.

We highly recommend you get the “Alhambra General” tickets, This includes scheduled entry to the Nasrid Palace, which we consider a must-see. Also included in the ticket are access to the rest of the Alhambra, including the Carlos V palace and the Generalife gardens.

If tickets are not available you can still wander around lots of the outside and even parts of the inside of the Alhambra, but there are certain parts you won’t be allowed to visit without a ticket.

Free areas include:

Alcazaba: The oldest part of the Alhambra, the Alcazaba is a fortress area with towers offering panoramic views of Granada and the surrounding countryside. Access to the Alcazaba is included in the general admission ticket to the Alhambra, but there are some areas within it that you can visit for free.

Plaza de los Aljibes: This large courtyard area, located near the entrance of the Alhambra, is free to enter and offers beautiful views of the Nasrid Palaces and the city of Granada.

Gardens and outdoor areas: While some of the gardens within the Alhambra complex require a ticket for entry, there are also many outdoor spaces and gardens that are free to visit. These areas are perfect for leisurely strolls and enjoying the scenic beauty of the Alhambra.

By attending our workshop, you agree to all of our rules and policies

Our Refund Policy

If you cancel your paid reservation up to 30 days before the start of the workshop, we will issue a full refund.

If you cancel your paid reservation up to 15 days before the start of the workshop, we will issue a refund of 80% of your payment.

If you cancel within 15 days of the start of the workshop due to an emergency we will issue a refund of 90% of your payment.

Personal Responsibility

While you are participating in our workshop, please be aware that we cannot take responsibility for your personal safety or any travel arrangements, accommodation bookings, or related matters. Additionally, we cannot be held liable for any incidents, accidents, or other unforeseen events that may occur during your time with us. Participants are responsible for their own safety and well-being at all times.

That being said, we are committed to ensuring a positive experience for all participants, and we will do our best to offer assistance and support whenever possible. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to our Tara or Kai if you encounter any difficulties during your stay. 

Disruptive Behavior

At Flamenco Explained, we prioritize a respectful and inclusive environment. Disruptive or abusive behavior, including harassment or violence, will not be tolerated. We reserve the sole right to determine what constitutes disruptive or abusive behavior. Participants engaging in such conduct may be asked to leave. We are committed to fostering a safe and positive experience for all.

Photography and Media

By participating in our workshop, you grant us the right to utilize any photographs or videos featuring you in any promotional material, including but not limited to social media posts, website content, and marketing campaigns. This permission extends to both current and future workshops and events organized by us. 

We also request that participants not share any of the videos shot in class on social media without our permission.

We will ensure that video of everything covered in class is available to participants.

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