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Flamenco Guitar Method Vol 1 - Track 10, page 29 - Ligado (hammer on - pull off)


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icon questionMany people have questions concerning your picado section?

Roger, Canada

icon answerTo play the Picado in the way I describe in my book ... read more

icon questionQuick question regarding beginnning instruction: I'm interested in learning to play Flamenco guitar. It has been suggested more than once that I begin by learning classical fundementals first and then bring that foundation to Flamenco playing. Is this 'sound' advise?

icon answerFor beginners it's hard to hear the difference of a 'tocaor' (Flamenco guitar player) and a 'guitarrista' (i.e. classic guitar player). But if you are more involved in Flamenco you'll hear the difference of the tone production of the right hand. Every guitarist in Spain, who will play (learn) Flamenco start with Flamenco. Most of the guitarrists outside of spain have played many years classic or other styles before they started with Flamenco guitar playing and have muchas problemas with the right hand.

icon questionCompare Flamenco Guitar Methods. What do you think about the Flamenco Guitar Method of Graf-Martinez and Martin's method. Maybe you could compare it.
Thanks Luca

icon answerWe are frirends since 20 years.

juan and gerhard

icon answerBoth are great. I've bought about everything that's on the market.
I think Mr. Graf-Martinez's wonderful method books are more-contemporary and teach the style used by most other professional players today. These are the techniques you need, for example, to sit in on a dance class in Spain today with a teacher.
I think Mr Martin's wonderful method books are more-rooted in the tradition of Niño Ricardo which is an older, traditional style. I think it's great that some are keeping the older traditions alive too.
Learn it all. You can easily adapt the older falsetas to work with the more-modern rhythm compas styles.
Thank you Mr. Graf-Martinez! You and Mr Martin have both opened doors for those of us that are thousand(s) of miles from a live teacher.
Andy Blackard

icon questionI've been practising your flamenco guitar method for a couple of months now and ive realized that my rasgueo fells and sounds more natural if i play it, for example, i - m - a, instead of a - m - i. Is it possible for me to keep playing it that way or should i train harder on getting my a - m - i better?

icon answerSome day you will change it to the right one:

a- m- i- i .

icon questionI really enjoy your approach to flamenco music and guitar composition. I have other learning materials though that have extensive use of 5stroke rasgueo. How do I convert these pieces to your method while still maintaining the proper feel of the piece? Do I simply use 4stroke rasgueo or a series of triplets everytime I encounter a 5stroke ras? thanks James Chaney

icon answerIt's not necessary to convert your rasgueos. It is depending on the style. But if you will convert it - notice:

q a m i i = quintuplets
a m i i = semiquavers

You have to play 4 notes instead of 5 in the same time!

icon questionI am a jazz and classical guitarist who has fallen head over heels in love with Flamenco guitar. My question relates to the five note rasqueado that evenly divides a beat as opposed to the one that ornaments a beat. How does one get the strokes to be so even that they sound like a waterfall of sound? when playing them fast does one just roll them and trust that the finger habits established when practising them slowly, fall into place? or does one CONCIOUSLY play each finger...oh by the way the pattern is c-a-m-i-i- secondly about pulgar... does one anchor the hand when doing it? does one also use the back of the nail for certain single note pulgar runs?
thank you...God bless the day i found flamenco!

Alfonse Ciaccio

icon answerThe educational objective is that your Rasgueo sounds like beady raindrops and not like a noisy waterfall. See or hear what a flamenco dancer is doing. If his taconeos sound like a waterfall you will hear no rhythm, no accents and nobody is capable to accompany him.

a - m - i - i


i - a - m - i

See description on page 15 ff in my Flamenco Guitar Method or chapter 1 on my Flamenco Guitar DVD.

icon questionDoes anybody know what is the best method for getting strong, hard fingernails? thank you,

Martin Holland

icon answerChapter 5 (Uñas) in my Flamenco Guitar Method Vol 1: When playing rasgueo, the strings are struck with the back of the nail which is worn down in the course of time because the strings act like files. To avoid this, a coating is applied to the nail, protecting the back of the nail from wear. Otherwise your nail will gradually get thinner and break. There are countless cosmetic products to coat the nail, but choose a type of nail polish or base coat which lets the nail breathe and doesnít seal it; otherwise it will get brittle. Super Glue and most other substances that harden quickly are unhealthy and will cause nail diseases if applied over a longer period of time. These may be permitted for a quick repair, but not for permanent protection. The ring fingernail is particularly susceptible because it is strained very much by performing the golpes. It may well be coated with three or four layers of nail polish, but make sure it is still flexible enough for the beats on the golpeador. Nail hardener makes the nails inflexible.

icon questionI'm looking for some good advice on how to amplify a flamenco guitar, both for rehearsals and on stage.

What's your opinion?
Is a Fishman preamp connected to an acoustic amp a good option?Is a microphone a better option? If so, what kind of microphone would one suggest to use?any other better alternatives?

Thank you for any advice!

Geert Doumen

icon answerNo pick-up on this planet can reproduce the sound of the top (tapa). If you play a cheap chinese guitar it will be okay - if you will amplify your Flamenco guitar put a AKG CS1000, Røde or Sennheiser near the soundhole (live) and you will hear (amplify) the natural sound as it is.

icon questionWhat kind of guitar (guitarra flamenca) you are playing?

icon answerEsteso.

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