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  • Paperback: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Hal Leonard Corporation; Pap/Com edition (31 Mar 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0634088157
  • ISBN-13: 978-0634088155
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 0.6 x 30.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 42,795 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This method uses traditional Spanish flamenco song forms and classical pieces to teach you the basics of this style and technique. You'll learn to play in the style of Paco de Lucia, Sabicas Ni o Ricardo and Ramin Montoya. Lessons cover: strumming picking and percussive techniques; arpeggios; improvisation; fingernail tips; capos; and much more. It includes flamenco history and a glossary and both standard notation and tab. The CD features 58 tracks for demonstration and play-along.

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Paul Hankinson on 22 Jun 2009
This book and accompanying CD is a good value introduction to flamenco guitar. It is aimed at beginners who have mastered the basics of strumming, as well as more experienced guitarists who want to learn flamenco. The book teaches new techniques in short, manageable sections which are all recorded on the CD. The flamenco 'toques', or styles covered include malaguenas, soleares, farruca, solea, tarantas, tango and rumba, all of which are short enough to be mastered by a player new to flamenco, without getting bogged down.
It can be demoralising trying to master an instrument by practising on your own; this book and CD, however, are satisfying and enjoyable to use, provided you put the practice in, and follow the author's instuctions.
The CD contains 58 tracks in all, beginning with short examples of strumming, through to the longer complete tango and rumba pieces towards the end. It is a good value publication, and I would recommend it to flamenco beginners.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By TheInventor on 4 April 2011
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I've played the flamenco guitar for years but have still learned a few things from this book and CD. It's good for getting ideas on which you can build, depending on your level of expertise. Highly recommended, especially for the beginner/intermediate level guitarist. Excellent value for money.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Joe Shott on 22 Jun 2013
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I had a yen to learn some flamenco guitar and this looked like a fairly straightforward introduction. It begins with some nice background to flamenco, its guitarists and its guitars, and then the tuition begins. I play some classical guitar (grade 4) and that certainly helps. Although you could begin playing guitar with this book (if you knew flamenco was where you wanted to focus) there are much better ways to begin and I think this is really a book for people who already play at least something of another style - without that I suspect it could be frustrating, with that though I found initial progress was satisfyingly quick.

You first work through a few exercises and an atmospheric chordal progression, but it's not at all long before you play your first short solo and it certainly sounds the part. Once you master Malaguenas on page 18, perhaps incorporating the two falsetas (musical interludes) you learn 4 pages later, you'll be beginning to get the feel for things... and the feel will feel good! The next two solos came surprisingly easy to me and again sounded great and you can start mixing them up too: my repertoire was expanding almost effortlessly. Then "Farruca" on page 30 felt like a full proper Flamenco piece, complete with shimmering "tremolo" technique - this requires a significant amount of practice, but it's worth it and I love playing this piece now, even if my tremolo isn't quite up to speed yet.

I felt though that the book peaked there. This may be unfair but, although the next piece is OK, it is slightly duller, and then there are a couple of excerpts from Spanish classical pieces which are neither flamenco nor sound that good on their own.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Henry Chinaski on 16 Jun 2010
This is okay for beginners but may not stretch players beyond that level. I just felt there was lack of the 'broader picture' with this book.
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Sorry about the pun. I have been playing guitar for years and recently have attempted to plug some gaping holes in my technique. You tube is great but the quality of guitar tuition varies so much, and its always hard to see both hands and fingers. Plus the constant back and forward is great for freezing your computer. This format with tab and music and a CD works well for me. You have to be a reasonable player though. Not for newbies. The learning curve is fairly steep but the excercises build on each other as new techniques are introduced. The music sounds good and encourages progress. I like the very first excercises where we are introduced to F maj7#11 or "The Flamenco Chord" (half an E moved up one fret). You play this simple chord and you have Flamenco right away. This is great and really sets you up for more.

We get loads of techniques all in tab and music and all on the CD. I didn't really know much about flamenco thinking it was like classical music where you had to play what was written, but flamenco is more like blues with scope for improvisation once the basic techniques have been learned.

My own classical was neglected. Most guitarists have a dusty one with a wide neck and fat nylon strings. Compared to a steel string acoustic they are quiet and hard to play. But If you forget trying to play it like an acoustic, lose the plectrum and allow yourself to be guided and re-educated with a book like this, you can really improve as a musician. Its so much fun to play this stuff and to learn new techniques.

I recommend you get your classical guitar out of the cupboard, get some new strings and learn to play it like its supposed to be.
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