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Easy Steps to Flamenco Guitar

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    Introduction

    In this first video, we are played a song and introduced to the series by Flamenco guitarist Aaron Gilmartin.

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    Basic Terms, Techniques, Phrases, & Chords

    For this next video, we go over some basic terms and playing techniques essential for getting started.

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    Right Hand Technique & Chords

    Here we go over some Flamenco right hand basics including the standard single finger technique.

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    Practice Techniques & Exercises

    In this video, Aaron gives some techniques to try and exercises to use that will build hand strength.

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    Add Passing Tones & Hammer-On

    Now we get introduced to accents and small changes in playing to add color.

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    Changing Chords & Right Hand Technique (Thumb)

    Here we go over new ways to change chords and introduce the thumb technique.

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    Add Bass Notes

    In this video, Aaron shows us how to use the thumb to add a bass note to the chord progression for a bigger sound.

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    Adding Approach Notes & Bass Note Variations

    For the next video, Aaron adds approach notes in the form of bass notes for a more interesting sound.

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    Mixing Variations & Using Accents

    Next, we take the techniques we've learned and start putting them all together.

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    Fingernails

    In this tutorial, Aaron goes over the role of fingernails in playing.

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    Adding Bass Runs

    Taking what we've learned about adding bass notes, we now learn to add bass runs.

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    Sweep Technique

    Here we learn to use the fingernail of the thumb in a sweep technique simulating a pick.

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    More Thumb Technique

    Aaron goes over an advanced technique where the thumb rests on the next string with every note played.

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    Add Melody with the Thumb

    Here, we learn to play 16th notes using the thumb.

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    Add a High Melody

    Now we are shown a melody played on the higher strings.

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    Closing Phrase

    In this last video we are shown harmonic changes to bring about the end of the piece or song.

Product Overview


In this Homespun video series you’ll learn to sound like a flamenco guitarist instantly! Aaron Gilmartin has made his introduction to this guitar style so easy that even someone with just a minimal amount of guitar experience can start playing this exciting and passionate music.

To get you going, Aaron has chosen Tango Flamenco, one of the great traditional Latin dance forms transformed by flamenco. It's based on a simple, instantly recognizable four-chord progression and a driving rhythmic pulse. Popular groups such as the Gipsy Kings have made this sound famous in recent years.

The rhythm compass, with its familiar percussive effect, is key to this style. Aaron teaches you the basic right hand strums (rasgueados) and picking (picados) that conjure up the sounds of Spain. Aiming this video series at true beginners, Aaron takes each step of his lesson at a very slow and deliberate pace.


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Sdev1008
Submitted 2 years ago

Great introduction to Flamenco

I have really enjoyed getting an insight into a form of music that I thought would be beyond me.

I am a: Hobbyist, Musician, Pro Tools


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Marc A.
Submitted 2 years ago

Very basic and sketchy intro into "something like almost Flamenco"

Do you learn to play "Flamenco Style" from this course? No. Not the slightest. You learn a few training tips on how to improve muscles and muscle memory for some "nice sounding" right hand tricks and some - basic, standard - left hand etudes. What do you learn from this course? You learn to play some chord progressions or melody patterns that remind you of Andalucian or Spanish folklore. It sounds "Flamenco" if you haven't heard a real Flamenco, ever. What's so "non-Flamenco" about this? Flamenco is about rhythm, emotion, drive - it's a "cry", it's pure power, even when it's boring :-) Unfortunately what Aaron Gilmartin presents doesn't have much "rhythm", since it's really only basic arpeggio patterns, more or less simplistic "hammer ons" and almost trivial strumming. That would be OK if he had put some more weight on the importance of keeping the pace, moving the song foraward, putting emotion (and to that extend DYNAMICS) into his performance, which he doesn't. Why 2 stars then? Because for the absolute beginner there is something to learn, even if it is not "Flamenco Guitar" by far ... Any additional notes? This video seems to be converted from a poorly encoded DVD, it has the wrong playback ratio (flattened), audio and video are not correctly in sync throughout all lectures. It is sad to see that even free Youtube videos provide better (technical) quality than a paid course. Teaching style remarks? Aaron Gilmartin is very quiet, very calm, very slow and slightly uninterested in what he is doing, as it seems. I am not fully clear about what rubs me the wrong way, it may just be the pauses he makes when speaking or the lack of emotion in his guitar playing, but I kept thinking "if he doesn't LOVE what he is doing, why is he doing it?"


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vortex
Submitted 2 years ago

Appallling

I am a flamenco guitar student, have been for a dozen years and still consider myself a beginner in this most technically difficult genre of all. Mr. Gilmartin would be chased off any stage in Spain. Please find a real flamenco guitarist for a course like this, someone who has had professional flamenco singers and dancers depend on them. There are hundreds of capable virtuosos in the US who are good teachers. This guy is not one of them. This is a rare misstep for Groove3.

Response from Customer Service:

Thank you for your review, we truly appreciate it. We’re so sorry you didn’t like this Homespun series. If you are looking for an authentic Flamenco teacher, to learn authentic Flamenco guitar, yes, this is probably not the way to go. However, if you’re looking to learn some of the elements that make up the Flamenco style, quickly and easily, then this is a great series to watch. In Mr. Gilmartin’s defense, the series is touted as being for absolute newcomers to the style, and for guitarists with little existing technique. It was never intended for those who want to dedicate themselves to the fine art of Flamenco. Thanks again for your review!

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Sdev1008
Submitted 2 years ago

Great introduction to Flamenco

I have really enjoyed getting an insight into a form of music that I thought would be beyond me.

I am a: Hobbyist, Musician, Pro Tools

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Marc A.
Submitted 2 years ago

Very basic and sketchy intro into "something like almost Flamenco"

Do you learn to play "Flamenco Style" from this course? No. Not the slightest. You learn a few training tips on how to improve muscles and muscle memory for some "nice sounding" right hand tricks and some - basic, standard - left hand etudes. What do you learn from this course? You learn to play some chord progressions or melody patterns that remind you of Andalucian or Spanish folklore. It sounds "Flamenco" if you haven't heard a real Flamenco, ever. What's so "non-Flamenco" about this? Flamenco is about rhythm, emotion, drive - it's a "cry", it's pure power, even when it's boring :-) Unfortunately what Aaron Gilmartin presents doesn't have much "rhythm", since it's really only basic arpeggio patterns, more or less simplistic "hammer ons" and almost trivial strumming. That would be OK if he had put some more weight on the importance of keeping the pace, moving the song foraward, putting emotion (and to that extend DYNAMICS) into his performance, which he doesn't. Why 2 stars then? Because for the absolute beginner there is something to learn, even if it is not "Flamenco Guitar" by far ... Any additional notes? This video seems to be converted from a poorly encoded DVD, it has the wrong playback ratio (flattened), audio and video are not correctly in sync throughout all lectures. It is sad to see that even free Youtube videos provide better (technical) quality than a paid course. Teaching style remarks? Aaron Gilmartin is very quiet, very calm, very slow and slightly uninterested in what he is doing, as it seems. I am not fully clear about what rubs me the wrong way, it may just be the pauses he makes when speaking or the lack of emotion in his guitar playing, but I kept thinking "if he doesn't LOVE what he is doing, why is he doing it?"

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vortex
Submitted 2 years ago

Appallling

I am a flamenco guitar student, have been for a dozen years and still consider myself a beginner in this most technically difficult genre of all. Mr. Gilmartin would be chased off any stage in Spain. Please find a real flamenco guitarist for a course like this, someone who has had professional flamenco singers and dancers depend on them. There are hundreds of capable virtuosos in the US who are good teachers. This guy is not one of them. This is a rare misstep for Groove3.

Response from Customer Service:

Thank you for your review, we truly appreciate it. We’re so sorry you didn’t like this Homespun series. If you are looking for an authentic Flamenco teacher, to learn authentic Flamenco guitar, yes, this is probably not the way to go. However, if you’re looking to learn some of the elements that make up the Flamenco style, quickly and easily, then this is a great series to watch. In Mr. Gilmartin’s defense, the series is touted as being for absolute newcomers to the style, and for guitarists with little existing technique. It was never intended for those who want to dedicate themselves to the fine art of Flamenco. Thanks again for your review!
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Aaron Gilmartin is a songwriter, a teacher, a guitarist and a composer. He tours as a singer songwriter and donates his performances at hospice and hospital care facilities. He started the organization #MusicianVolunteerArmy connecting with artists to perform in health care facilities. Aaron has worked with Hollywood composer Chris Young as engineer and assistant. He has played with Jacob Valenzuela (Iron and Wine and Calexico), Chris Letcher (Hugh Masekela) and Adam Levy (Norah Jones, Tracey Chapman, Amos Lee), Aaron plays on film scores, and composes music for film. Aaron's flamenco and bossa nova videos are studied around the world.

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Easy Steps to Flamenco Guitar is rated 2.7 out of 5 by 3 .
Rated 4.0 out of 5 by from Great introduction to Flamenco I have really enjoyed getting an insight into a form of music that I thought would be beyond me.
Date published: 2017-10-13
Rated 2.0 out of 5 by from Very basic and sketchy intro into "something like almost Flamenco" Do you learn to play "Flamenco Style" from this course? No. Not the slightest. You learn a few training tips on how to improve muscles and muscle memory for some "nice sounding" right hand tricks and some - basic, standard - left hand etudes. What do you learn from this course? You learn to play some chord progressions or melody patterns that remind you of Andalucian or Spanish folklore. It sounds "Flamenco" if you haven't heard a real Flamenco, ever. What's so "non-Flamenco" about this? Flamenco is about rhythm, emotion, drive - it's a "cry", it's pure power, even when it's boring :-) Unfortunately what Aaron Gilmartin presents doesn't have much "rhythm", since it's really only basic arpeggio patterns, more or less simplistic "hammer ons" and almost trivial strumming. That would be OK if he had put some more weight on the importance of keeping the pace, moving the song foraward, putting emotion (and to that extend DYNAMICS) into his performance, which he doesn't. Why 2 stars then? Because for the absolute beginner there is something to learn, even if it is not "Flamenco Guitar" by far ... Any additional notes? This video seems to be converted from a poorly encoded DVD, it has the wrong playback ratio (flattened), audio and video are not correctly in sync throughout all lectures. It is sad to see that even free Youtube videos provide better (technical) quality than a paid course. Teaching style remarks? Aaron Gilmartin is very quiet, very calm, very slow and slightly uninterested in what he is doing, as it seems. I am not fully clear about what rubs me the wrong way, it may just be the pauses he makes when speaking or the lack of emotion in his guitar playing, but I kept thinking "if he doesn't LOVE what he is doing, why is he doing it?"
Date published: 2017-10-10
Rated 0.5 out of 5 by from Appallling I am a flamenco guitar student, have been for a dozen years and still consider myself a beginner in this most technically difficult genre of all. Mr. Gilmartin would be chased off any stage in Spain. Please find a real flamenco guitarist for a course like this, someone who has had professional flamenco singers and dancers depend on them. There are hundreds of capable virtuosos in the US who are good teachers. This guy is not one of them. This is a rare misstep for Groove3.
Date published: 2017-10-07
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