How to Play Farruca

Spanish version

I have a YouTube video in which I explain how to play an introduction to Farruca using a selection of rajeo and then I follow with a falseta which uses Picado.

The rhythm or compás of Farruca could be described as 4/4 and one of the ways to count it is to say:

1 and: 2and: 3 and: 4 and:

The reason for this is because very often in Farruca we play each beat with a down and up stroke, or put another way each beat is divided into two shorter beats so saying 1 and seems to help us to feel the rhythm.

The basic chord sequence for Farruca is very simple:

E Major 7th to A minor

E Major 7th to A minor

D minor to A minor

E Major 7th to A minor

The way this works in practice I hope is very clear in the video.

There is also a variation at the end of the sequence:

After playing D minor to A minor you can then play:

F Major to E Major to A minor

You can use a variety of techniques such as:

rajeo abanico

rajeo going forward

and various up and down strokes and of course we can incorporate arpeggios as we get more confident with our playing.

In my video you will notice that I use these chords in such a way that they are help at the 5th and 6th/7th frets but they work equally well if held at their normal first position.

You may also notice that before I play the sequence as described above I play the A minor chord at the 5th fret with bar which is as if it is the end of a previous sequence.

After these chords I explain the picado. Although I would very much like to find a software that I can use to write examples like this and present them here, nonetheless I do hope that I play slowly and carefully in the video in such a  way that it should be easy to see what the notes are.

You may also notice that I tap my foot throughout the picado. I like the picado to maintain the rhythm of the piece that I am playing. It is just a personal preference and there is nothing wrong with a freer rhythmical approach when playing solo but when accompanying a dancer we would check to make sure it is suitable.

The chord section in this video might feel about right for beginner players whilst the picado might be more suitable for intermediate players.

Farruca is a flamenco form which can use great variety; sometimes brave and strong and yet at other moments quite sensitive.

You may notice in the comments that one Spanish speaker says that I have enormous strength in my rajeo ” tienes un ragueo con un  pesazo enorme!”.

I am most grateful for that kind comment but I think the power of my playing is also significantly  helped by the enormously powerful and brilliant guitar that I play by Pablo Requena.