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How to play Remate, Llamada, Subida, Cierre and Ida

By Tomás

Spanish version I have a very detailed YouTube video which looks at how to play Remate, Llamada, Subida, Cierre etc with special reference to Tientos and Tangos, Bulerias, Soleares (Solea) and Alegrias. These terms refer primarily to moments or sections in the flamenco dance yet they are always of interest to guitar soloists as well […]

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How to play Alegrias

By Tomás

Spanish version Alegrias or Alegrías as we spell it in Spanish is a lovely sensitive and yet passionate flamenco form (palo flamenco) which is associated with the area of Cadiz (Cádiz). Alegrias is part of a group of cantes which include Cantiñas, Mirabrás, Romeras and Alegrías de Córdoba. In my opinion we can also include […]

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How to play Solea to accompany flamenco song and dance

By Tomás

Spanish version   It is a matter of huge joy to me that increasingly my flamenco guitar students are asking me for guidance on how to accompany flamenco singing and dancing. It has not always been like this. Some years back guitarists seemed to be mainly keen to focus on solo guitar playing and of […]

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How to play rajeo with great effect

By Tomás

Spanish version There is a simple straightforward rajeo that sometimes is in my opinion somewhat wrongly overlooked. This rajeo can give the most fantastic expressive flamenco playing. It can be used in so many different ways. Certainly, it can be strong, direct and obvious and the sort of sound that people associate with accompanying flamenco […]

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How to play Alzapua

By Tomás

Spanish version The alzapua or in Spanish alzapúa is a very exciting and quintessentially flamenco technique. It is very particular to flamenco guitar playing and I am not aware of it being used in other guitar styles. The Spanish word is the joining of two words: alzar which means to move something upwards and púa […]

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How to Play Rajeo (Rasgueado/ Rasgueo) abanico (triplet)

By Tomás

Spanish version The rajeo abanico or triplet rajeo provides a very powerful, very flamenco strumming technique. It is used in any part of flamenco guitar playing, not just for accompanying flamenco dance. There are several ways for playing this kind of rajeo and each way gives a slightly different feel. One way is to use […]

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The Difference between Flamenco and Spanish Guitar Music

By Tomás

When potential clients approach me asking me to play for their event sometimes they ask for flamenco guitar music but other times they ask for Spanish guitar music. Naturally, I take the time to discuss their requirements and to make suggestions as to which kind of music might suit their event best. Here I would […]

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Paco Peña ( Paco Pena) Flamenco Guitarist

By Tomás

For some time now I have wanted to write an essay about the Flamenco guitarist Paco Peña but I refrained from doing so because I have always been very sure that it could become a very long essay; in fact perhaps the longest text on flamenco that I have ever written. The whole idea was […]

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Gipsy Kings Guitar Duet

By Tomás

I provide Performances of Spanish Guitar Duets in the Gipsy Kings style together with an accompanying guitarist. We perform at a variety of events such as weddings, private parties, in restaurants and for Spanish themed events. I discuss our music with each client so that we can provide exactly the kind of musical experience that […]

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Paco de Lucía Remembered

By Tomás

When Paco de Lucía died I knew that I was not going to write something here simply because that is what one does. I decided to wait until I could put something together that would communicate some of the admiration that I have always felt for this master guitarist. I was still a child when […]

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