RUMBA STYLES OF THE FLAMENCO GUITAR
Play-along album with 2 CD-Audio. Title: Gipsy Guitar - Rumba flamenca ... y mas by Gerhard Graf-Martinez.
Gipsy Guitar - Rumba flamenca - Play-Along-Album
Gerhard Graf-Martinez has devoted the present volume, at the request of many of his readers, especially to the Hispano-American aspect of the flamenco, the Rumba Flamenca. It is precisely these forms of the flamenco that are regarded by many people as the epitome of the flamenco and with which groups such as the Gipsy Kings take the international charts by storm. In "Gipsy Guitar" the author guides each interested guitar player safely to the world of the Rumba Flamenca, imparting all solo and accompanying techniques by means of printed music, tablature and two excellent CD recordings.
Gipsy Guitar book + 2 CD-Audio + Gipsy Guitar DVD = Value Pack (Book + 2 CD-Audio + DVD)
The unexpected great success of my two volume Flamenco Guitar Method, which was reflected in the many letters received from within Germany and abroad and in the positive reviews in the specialist publications and flamenco circles, was accompanied with expressions of regret that the Latin American forms, especially the rumba and its derivatives, were not treated in greater depth. However, the Rumba flamenca is a very controversial area. Some do not recognize this music as belonging to Flamenco or dismiss it as a superficial form, while others less involved with Flamenco, regard it as the very embodiment of flamenco music. It should be said that many flamencos outside Spain first came to the higher forms of Flamenco through the rumba. Paco de Lucía had long been recognized as a genius in flamenco circles before he achieved world wide popularity with his legendary compositions Entre Dos Aguas and Rio Ancho which later became Mediterranean Sundance in his duo with Al Di Meola. The Gypsy Kings too, whose rumbas became international hits, did not shy away from confronting their audience with a Fandango Natural in their concerts, and as a result ten thousand or more people were made to listen to real Flamenco, whether they wanted to or not. It is possible to disagree about this kind of multicultural intervention, but it cannot be bad for Flamenco; unless one wishes to ensure that as few people as possible gain access to what is a difficult area of flamenco music, and the circle of those interested is limited to an elite.
Concerning the compositions, many flamenco pieces or falsetas (solo music passages) which were created decades ago are today considered standard works, and it is often impossible to determine who composed which piece. This is partly due to the fact that flamenco music has never been written in music notation or taught and learned through reading music. It could be exactly this situation, however, that has preserved the great flexibility and spontaneity of Flamenco to this day. At the practice stage it may be normal to play a ?falseta? in exactly the same way every time, but once the technical difficulties have been overcome it is unusual to reproduce it in the same form time after time. In the course of time, various aspects such as articulation and phrasing change, and it may even happen that at some time something completely new emerges. This situation, however, proved to be a problem with the compositions in this book. It was not always easy to pin down the form of the falsetas, melodies etc. and to arrange them so that they could be reproduced. It proved especially difficult to play the improvised section in the slow version in the same way as in the original. It was not always possible, nor was it really my intention, to reproduce everything down to the finest detail. I hope you enjoy this book and the accompanying CDs, and hope too that it will advance the afición for Flamenco.
Testimonials from guitarists around the world. Read what people are saying about the Flamenco guitar publications by Gerhard Graf-Martinez.
Mis palabras de agradecimiento serían insuficientes para expresar toda la alegría y satisfacción de mis lectores y estudiantes que gracias a su generosidad pueden aprovechar el mejor método de guitarra flamenca. Mil gracias. Asimismo, me permito dar las gracias al Sr. D. Prof. Gerhard Graf-Martínez y enviarle mis mejores deseos.
Un atento saludo,
Jefe de Biblioteca
My words of gratefulness would be insufficient to express all the joy and satisfaction of my readers and students who thanks to their generosity can take advantage of the best method of flamenco guitar. Thousand thanks. Also, I allow myself to thank to Mr. D. Prof. Gerhard Graf-Martinez and to send my best desires to him.
My name is Miguel L. Nañawa from Manila, Philippines. thank you very very much!
P.S. My guitar ensemble plays 'La Morita' all the time. Its one of our favorite rumbas.
Guten tag. Es tut mir leid, aber ich spricht nicht viel Deutsch.
I am a flamenco guitarist in the United States, and I'm always looking for new ideas.I have a lot of flamenco books, but I noticed that yours seem to have more detail, more history, and more background information than most.
De todos modos, buenos días de los Estados Unidos, que todo le vaya bien,
Hi Mr. Martinez,
I am a flamenco student here in Kansas, USA, and recently I bought the Flamenco Guitar Method 1 and 2 and Rumba Guitar with Cds, videos and score player and I have been studying your method and I am amazed that I have learned more in 01 month than in 06 months of Flamenco Guitar lessons with a teacher.
I am so pleased with your method. I have bought so many materials about Flamenco guitar and they are so boring, and you showed in your video what we really want to learn. Not just rhythms and Palos however the soloing and phrases, falsetas that is not easy to see in many Flamenco guitar videos.
I would like to thank you for this work and my technique has increased a lot. Please, don’t stop creating good methods like these.
Keep me updated about new DVDs.
My name is Litsa,
and I have been studying Flamenco for two years...I currently a copy of Gipsy Guitar, book and CD!!!! I love it. I was wondering if your Flamenco Guitar Method Book, Volume 1 & 2 will ever be available in English.
I arose recently your Flamenco book. Really very madly made. You made yourself a quantity of work and are well understandable the examples also for beginners. The pieces on that CD sound also genuinly beautiful. You are really a full blood musician with heart.
Piet - Germany
... and thought the books very useful indeed.
Huseyin Sipahioglu - Turkey
I really like the concept of being able to watch you because this will help me make sure I am performing something correctly.
I also wanted to express to you my sincerest gratitude.Vol. I have made me a much better guitarist! With other methods I have always been left unsatified and found the material to be too "dry".
I love to practice and play your material. I have even developed the ability to play with a little "aire". People that hear me think I have been playing much longer than I actually have. Your method has been the biggest help and motivation. Thank you.
All the best,
La Falseta Classical & Flamenco Guitars
I am a fan of the Flamenco and I have all your Flamenco books. Your instructional method impressed me very much.
I'm brazillian and bought the FLAMENCO - GITARRENSHULE Band I and Band II, 3 years ago in Zurich.
The method is fantastic and the informations inside the both volumes are very very clear.
Hasta la vista...
Robson Esteves (Brasil)
First of all - large praise for the two Flamenco books.
Marek Tinz - Germany
From Foro Flamenco
I just have a comment to make regarding that interactive CD mentioned. After viewing the QuickTime online showing the music playback with score and speed adjustment, I just have to say that it is very well done. If Gerhard is still following this thread, Gerhard, I've been building interactive multimedia applications for 10 years and that CD displayed on your website is a truly brilliantly designed application! Particularly since it's been built with Director (which is notoriously finicky, flakey and often plain unruly). That's quite an undertaking. Nice work. It's like the TablEdit application but with actual audio AND video (?). Very cool.
B. James Keown
Rich Media Applications Developer (and amateur guitarist)
Blend Media Group Inc., Canada
I have purchased your Flamenco Guitar Method I and II and would like to congatulate. You on excelent work you have done.
Janez Jazbec, Slovenia
quisiera informacion de como poder tener ese estupendo curso de guitarra flamenca soy de peru
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hi my name is sebastien Jubelin, I just bouht flamenco guitar method volume one. I really like it. I live in the united states now, in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania. Thanx
Thank you for your useful book "Flamenco Guitar Method Volume 1". Thanks very much,
I wanted to complement you on all your study books and media. They are the most detailed and easy to use. I thought your work on the DVD was brilliant. Are you considering creating one for Bulerias, Alegrias, etc... Once again thank you for the masterpieces you have created.
Victor Torres - duendeflamenco.com
Last week, i've go down to montreal. I've read and article in the windows of STEEVE'S Music in montreal. I enter to the store. I'll pick up one of your volume FLAMENCO GUITAR METHOD VOLUME I. And it's more than the paper said. I've learn so many tricks it's vera good written. I'll decide to buy your two next volume. (volume two and the one about rumba) thank a lot
Long live to your work - it's marvelous
Dearly, Maxime Poulin
Thank's a lot for these explanations. Jean Louis Allain - France
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Hi, i really admire ur work so much, i have all of ur work. i wish u all success in your career, and have a nice day. kamalh - arabic emirates.
I would like to inform you that I am delighted with the metronome, also gipsy guitar book an CD-rom. Many thanks Wladek.
hola soy jeronimo, Un saludo, he estado mirando tus metodos y son cojonudos.
Llevo 2 años con la guitarra y mi profesor es Rafael Cañizares y tengo muchas ganas de aprender.
Jeronimo - España
Dear sir, For three years now i've been learning how to play flamenco guitar. My teacher showed me the importance of the compas-feeling, as he describes it.
I just saw the demo of the software version of the compas metronome. While this is a very interesting tool
Bert Corten (Belgium)
My name is Ricardo...
I like your products very much and I recently purchase both Guitar 1 & 2 DVD plus the metronome which I download and paid for via de internet.. I have enjoyed the DVD very much and my progress is coming along.. Sincerely
Hi. What shall i say I am really glad for this free lessons I always been a big fan of flamenco but never get down and really try to learn it. this is my chance.
Thanks Sam Karlsson, Sweden
Testimonials from guitarists around the world. Read what people are saying about the Flamenco guitar publications by Gerhard Graf-Martinez.
I'm very pleased with your method. I have bought so many materials about Flamenco guitar and they are so boring.
I would like to thank you for this work and my technique has increased a lot. Please, donít stop creating good methods like these.
Hello Sir. thank you very very much for your work.
P.S. Our ensemble plays 'La Morita' all the time. Its one of our favorites.
Yannick from France
El Duende Flamenco - Forum Flamenco - France
posté le: Ven Mai 05, 2006 8:18 pm
quelqu'un a t-il déjà entendu parler de Graf-Martinez le guitariste?
Oui bien sur il fait d'exelente méthode de flamenco très pedagogique, il a aussi des méthodes de rumba qui sont vraiment sympas.
tu y va fort..exelente methode..hum...c est pas mal....pâr contre tres pêdago entierement d accord.et tres bien d avoir un dvd avec.
mais le guitariste pas super top..faut croire que enseigner tu la technique.
je viens de découvrir une de ses méthodes, j'ai découvert un p'tit rythme por rumba super excellent, et des compas por buléria du tonnère, c pas mal du tout
j'ai cette methode, tres moyenne pour les buleria sauf peut etre les percus, et le guitariste aussi tres leger sur les picados et tremolos n'en parlons pas , rasgueados uniquement pmp , niveau inferieur aux guitaristes de ce forum..
c'est vrai son trémolo il est vraiment pas beau autant ne pas le jouer, pour le reste, le guitariste assure, il a quand un très bon jeu et connais à peu près tous les palos, moi j'aimerais jouer à son niveau, je le trouve pas inférieur au niveau des gens de ce forum....loin de là
c'est mon avis
viva rumba martinez, et que çà swing!!!
Threads from the forum of FlamencoTeacher
Re: Book opinion - Posted by: Behzad - Date: Wednesday, March 24, 2004
I second that about the Graf-Martinez. Have not bought them (yet), but have looked through them, and they seem very good. And this is coming from me, the person who has a great ahtred towards method books! :)
Re: Book opinion - Posted by: luis - Date: Wednesday, March 24, 2004
Hola Foro members;
I third that opinion on the Graf Martinez books they are excellent and he explains everything acurately. I also just finished buying volume 2 and will be ordering the gipsy guitar by the end of this month, Zurdo, where can I buy the DVD's of his method?? Or has he had them out yet??
I recommend Graf Martinez over any other method books. Thanks to my friend Zurdo.
A Friend in Flamenco
Re: Self study - Posted by: luis - Date: Tuesday, March 2, 2004
I would like to know how I can get the gerhard graf- martinez Flamenco guitar method volume 2. Thanks to Zurdo, I bought the vol.1 and I'm very pleased with it and recommend it, highly if you are jut starting out. I have checked out Flamenco connection and amazon.com but they don't have vol 2.
A friend in Flamenco
Re: Self study - Posted by: El Zurdo - Date: Tuesday, March 2, 2004
This method is good eh. I'm really happy with it. Check out the sample of the methods on DVD
Why don't you send Mr. Graf an email. I'm sure he can point you to the right direction. He's very helpful. I believe this is his address...
In fact, I'm going to write and ask him when Vol. II will be out on DVD.
Thanks for making available to Jan
Threads from Foro Flamenco
El Zurdo -> Graf-Martinez Flamenco Method (October 30th at 11:19:38 PM)
After listening to the samples of the Graf-Martinez method on his website I got a smile on my face because I loved what I heard. This could be what I've been looking for.
AndyB -> RE: Graf-Martinez Flamenco Method (November 11th at 2:58:31 PM)
Did you get both books? I think those method books are fantastic.
El Zurdo -> RE: Graf-Martinez Flamenco Method (November 11th at 7:21:08 PM)
Hey Andy, no I only ordered Vol. I because I didn't know what to expect. I should have and will now order Vol II.
This book is excellent. Although I have most of the techniques down it was a great refresher. The material is more "flamenco" compared to xxxx books. His are good too but I am much more pleased with the way Graf-Martinez explains things.
eslastra -> RE: Graf-Martinez Flamenco Method (November 11th at 7:25:19 PM)
Good choice! The materials in there are very practical for developing the rhythmic feel for the 8 and 12 count compas. Listen as closely as possible to the recorded examples, there are nuances that are sometimes impossible to put in notation. Graf does a good job of making sure these come through. Volume 2 is a little more advanced and interesting, but I suggest to make sure you have the materials in Volume 1 well under your fingers before you jump to that one. It will be worth the time spent.
El Zurdo -> RE: Graf-Martinez Flamenco Method (November 11th at 7:50:06 PM)
Hi Eddie. Your right. I'm not planning on starting two until I can do Vol. I in my sleep.
After I finish the xxxxx books I would play what I learned but something was missing. I don't know what it was. It sounded like I learned the material from a book which I did LOL!
Grafs are different. More authentic, more flavor. Good stuff.
AndyB -> RE: Graf-Martinez Flamenco Method (November 11th at 11:01:42 PM)
Wait til you see Vol 2. It is chocked full of good performance material and very practical material. I esp love his tarantos and alegrias variations.
eslastra -> RE: Graf-Martinez Flamenco Method (November 12th at 6:21:18 AM)
I love teaching guitar so I'm always on the lookout for materials that are practical and effective. With so many books and videos out on the market, it is easy these days for a student to end up spending a lot of money and still not have the right materials. I have just about everything that's ever been published in the last 50 years. Some are excellent and some are not so good. Most flamenco guitar books have been geared towards solo guitar playing. Graf's books seem to be geared more towards developing accompaniment skills, though it never mentions that anywhere in the books. But it's evident as soon as you listen to the recorded examples. I think the bulerias explanations in Vol 1 are about the most comprehensive I've seen in print. Vol 2 has an excellent section on describing the palos, even some of the obscure ones. There's a lot of information packed in these 2 volumes. Graf really did his homework before he wrote these books so there's no need for me to develop yet another method. Why reinvent the wheel?
Bob Arbuckle -> RE: Graf-Martinez Flamenco Method (November 12th at 7:35:39 PM)
I'm still waiting for Vol.2. I have Vol 1 and agree with everyone, that Graf-Martinez does a good job. His examples capture the Flamenco Aire.
You mentioned that he covers Bulerias in Vol 1, but I cannot find it? The CD has an extensive section on Bulerias, but I think it's covered in Vol 2.
Looking forward to Vol 2.
duende -> RE: Graf-Martinez Flamenco Method (December 28th at 10:13:05 PM)
i have learnd a lot from his books
I have them in german.....witch means that i don´t understand anything
but you can always hear and learn the music.
AndyB -> RE: Guitar Methods for accompanying (November 11th at 3:03:03 PM)
Eddie and I were talking about the Graf-Martinez books last week. There is lots of good dance accompaniment material in them as they present nuts and bolts rhythm variations instead of compositions. But they don't show accompaniment of the cante.
AndyB -> RE: Juan Martin's teaching material (September 5th at 5:33:29 PM)
I think I misunderstand you better now Michael. But I think that maybe this depends "on where you are sitting." If a beginner is learning in order to try to play 2nd guitar (or 3rd) with more contemporary players, then I would agree with you. The *MATERIAL* in xxxx xxxx's and xxxxx xxxxx's methods are probably too dated to be of practical and immediate use. I know I sound like a stuck record but I truely believe that the Graf-Martinez books are the best for beginners & intermediates to learn contemporary flamenco guitar material.
Thanks for making available to Michael
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