Guitar Tutorial

Easy Steps to Flamenco Guitar

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16 Videos | Length: 1hr 58min 7sec
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  • Introduction 5:30


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

  • Basic Terms, Techniques, Phrases, & Chords 12:32

    Basic Terms, Techniques, Phrases, & Chords

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

  • Right Hand Technique & Chords 4:51

    Right Hand Technique & Chords

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

  • Practice Techniques & Exercises 11:18

    Practice Techniques & Exercises

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

  • Add Passing Tones & Hammer-On 11:00

    Add Passing Tones & Hammer-On

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

  • Changing Chords & Right Hand Technique (Thumb) 7:02

    Changing Chords & Right Hand Technique (Thumb)

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

  • Add Bass Notes 10:20

    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.

  • Adding Approach Notes & Bass Note Variations 7:51

    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.

  • Mixing Variations & Using Accents 4:12

    Mixing Variations & Using Accents

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

  • Fingernails 3:32


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

  • Adding Bass Runs 9:53

    Adding Bass Runs

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

  • Sweep Technique 3:24

    Sweep Technique

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

  • More Thumb Technique 2:55

    More Thumb Technique

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

  • Add Melody with the Thumb 12:49

    Add Melody with the Thumb

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

  • Add a High Melody 6:30

    Add a High Melody

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

  • Closing Phrase 4:28

    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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