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Which guitar to pick for playing flamenco?

You want low action, probably the most significant difference in a proper flamenco guitar. If available, get cypress (most common for "flamenca blanca" guitars) and you'll need a plate (golpeador) but ...
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Do flamenco guitarists use distinctive chords?

I'm not a Flamenco player, but one thing that seems noticeable to me is a characteristic use of open strings. A few examples... ...and... Those came out of a method book: Essential Flamenco Guitar: ...
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Flamenco guitar strings

In Europe, stringed instruments (harps, guitars, violins) have used strings made from animal gut for millenia. The lower strings of a guitar were sometimes made with gut wrapped around a silk core. ...
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Classical vs. Flamenco techniques ... differences?

Pi or pmi scales, artificial harmonics, open arpeggios (i.e. when ami aren't plucking adjacent strings), muting strings with finger planting. That's a few examples of techniques that hardly ever occur ...
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Was Isaac Albéniz a Romantic?

When Isaac Albéniz found his musical voice, I suppose it could best be described as 'Spanish Nationalist'. The nationalist movement ln music is generally categorised as 'Romantic' I think. This Wiki ...
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Why do flamenco guitar players use different tensions (gauges) for the bass and treble strings, "colored" treble strings, and a "special" 3rd string?

Flamenco requires very crisp response for fast, powerful melodic play even in the bass register (as well as for parts that would in other styles be played on specialised bass instruments). That ...
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Why Different Rasgueado exist

There is a wide spectrum of rasgueados in flamenco. Perhaps the most basic aspects to consider are 1) wether the finger pattern matches the rhythmic pattern of the music, 2) the difference in sound ...
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Electric guitar for flamenco?

Keep in mind that the tapping sound from an acoustic is due to either actually hearing the tap (because you're playing live & unplugged), or because the acoustic is using a piezoelectric pickup, ...
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Why Different Rasgueado exist

Specifically for playing triplets, where the music is counted in 3s. Don't know why the middle finger isn't used instead of the ring, though. Might have something to do with the length of fingers - ...
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How to file nails for flamenco guitar?

Oh boy, this is a can of worms. I suggest trawling around youtube for advice. There is also the Delcamp classical guitar forum which has various long disussions about nails. The best shape for the ...
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What's this (flamenco?) rhythm called? (Tres Lagrimas)

agreed this is a Typical Bolero with a 3:2 then 2:3 Clave Pattern - I wrote this song in 2005 for my Group Guitarra Azul on our first Album! I hope you Like it!
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Which guitar to pick for playing flamenco?

You won't need to play all the guitars in the store, as most won't be suitable. The guys in the shop ought to be able to offer you half a dozen to try, acoustic obviously. If they can't or won't, then ...
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Classical vs. Flamenco techniques ... differences?

There are some techniques that are exclusive to each. Flamenco has rasgueado and tambura, and a snappy pizzicato that don't really happen in classical repertoire. And in classical you have ... well, I'...
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Flamenco - How to find band mates that appreciate it and in a new town?

No matter what the style of music, in this day an age it's getting harder to find people who want to get together and play. The emphasis is so much less on performance and so much more on recording. ...
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New Guitar Learning Flamenco Techniques

You can learn finger style playing techniques in any guitar, but to sound the way you want and to execute the technique correctly you need at least a guitar with nylon strings. In any case, ...
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What's this (flamenco?) rhythm called? (Tres Lagrimas)

Thanks to guidot for reminding me about this question. This is a tango. There are a couple different tango rhythms. The most common one (and the one used in this video, played clearly on the upright ...
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Starting over with Flamenco in my Soul

You want to start with Juan Martin's solos flamencos (MelBay); there are two volumes I think but the first one has simple falsettas and compas so you can start from scratch and play something you'll ...
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Are castanets used in tango music?

Castanets are not used in an Orchestra Týpica in Argentina. However, they are common in German and American tango orchestras. Tango grew out of a combination of ballads and Bizet's "Habanera"...
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Are short finger nails on the strumming hand not uncommon in flamenco and classical guitar?

They are not uncommon at all. I have discovered with the help of many great guitarists that for ---at least a large proportion of finger types--- the ideal shape (for the i, m) is short and asymmetric ...
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Are short finger nails on the strumming hand not uncommon in flamenco and classical guitar?

Lacking many answers, here's my tuppenceworth. Playing guitar with fingers (as opposed to a pick) gives options. To play with the flesh of a fingertip or the nail itself. When nails are too long (what ...
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Move strings with Picado (Flamenco guitar)

To make it more clear, we're discussing these two options: Change finger on every note no matter what Only change finger when that helps avoid movement (but not when the just-used finger already ...
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Is Playing Classical Guitar with Fingers PI a Bad Habit?

The rest stroke has nothing to do with thumb or any fingers any more than free stroke, so is irrelevant. But - it's much more difficult to achieve, especially for beginners, so isn't so commonly used. ...
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What Are Some Techniques For Fast Classical Guitar Runs?

You need to learn hammer-ons and pull-offs, more formally known as slurs.
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Electric guitar for flamenco?

Taylor makes an acoustic electric hybrid guitar that may just be perfect for what you want. Check out this link. It can play both electric and acoustic sounds and has design features to keep feedback ...
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Electric guitar for flamenco?

Depends somewhat on your reasons for wanting electric. If it's to use other effects, through the amp, then a cheap and cheerful idea is to purchase a piezzo stick-on pup from the internet (or even a ...
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From Classical to Flamenco Guitar

Another good reason to practice classical guitar before switching to flamenco is related to ear training. Ear training is much more important in flamenco because their is no score and the player is ...
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From Classical to Flamenco Guitar

I learned to play the classical guitar when I was a kid, and later continued to music school for nearly 3 years. After a few years of not playing at all, I got the urge to start learning flamenco ...
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