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FullMetalGuitarist

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I'm back to Flamenco! 

Hello all, I'm back here!
Not sure if there is anyone who remembers me though but - Ricardo, Anders, Tod, Grisha, Eli, Ramzi, Chris - how are you? Hope you all are doing well.

Anyway, long story short, I stopped playing flamenco about 3 years ago - moved to play Surf on an electric guitar and some blues-rock later this year.
But, under curious, unexpected and mostly wonderful circumstances I came back to play Flamenco.

During those years I put effort to actually learn some music theory and not only fingers techniques (no wonder I couldn't improvise anything without knowing scales and modes meaning), thus now I'm reading and watching tutorials about Flamenco music theory and thought why won't I ask the experts themselves:

1. As far as I understood, Flamenco is played mostly in the key of E and A (arriba and medio) but in some sources it is said to be either a phrygian major or an 8 note scale containing both major and minor (for example:E F G G# A B C D if we stick to E), and in my Guitar Pro 5 there is another "8 note spanish" which give me the same scale but with A# instead.
So, it there any common Flamenco scale I can re-start my training from?

2. After being absent for some years, do you know any good sources (videos, online free courses) to learn Flamenco? (yes, I'll probably find an actual teacher this time but till then. . . )

Thanks you so much people!
Cheers,
Mark.
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rombsix

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RE: I'm back to Flamenco! (in reply to FullMetalGuitarist

quote:

2. After being absent for some years, do you know any good sources (videos, online free courses) to learn Flamenco? (yes, I'll probably find an actual teacher this time but till then. . . )


Hey Mark - welcome back!

I always recommend the Oscar Herrero Paso a Paso series for basics and the Jason McGuire / Jose Tanaka websites for more material.

Cheers!

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  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Oct. 6 2016 17:19:31
 
athrane77

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RE: I'm back to Flamenco! (in reply to FullMetalGuitarist

If you just want to improvise over the andalusian cadence, here are some things i know which helped me to understand a little theory
Am G F E
called andalusian cadence. Take a look at the notes of these 4 chords:
Am -> A C E
G -> G B D
F -> F A C
E -> E G# H
The natural minor scale is A H C D E F G
If you start that scal on E you get E-phrygian:
E F G A H C D
you can use this scale to improvise over Am G and F
but when the E chord plays you need a G# (mayor third of E) in your scale, then you have:
A H C D E F G# called harmonic minor scale
If you start that scale on E you get E phrygian dominat E F G# A H C D

I like the G# over the Am chord aswell but try to avoid it when G and F plays.
hope that helps

Here is a resource I really like on youtube "toma flamenco"
  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Oct. 6 2016 17:35:09
 
Piwin

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RE: I'm back to Flamenco! (in reply to FullMetalGuitarist

1. I was taught that it was phrygian dominant but I'm not sure that makes sense. Thinking of it as an 8-note scale doesn't seem right though. I'll let the pros answer this one.

2. Check out Manuel Granados's website. Got a few free things up on there, always good quality.

edit: yeah, what athrane77 said. If you want to start a brawl at a party you can also argue that the Andalusian cadence isn't actually a cadence at all.

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  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Oct. 6 2016 17:38:57
 
Ricardo

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RE: I'm back to Flamenco! (in reply to FullMetalGuitarist

quote:

ORIGINAL: FullMetalGuitarist

Hello all, I'm back here!
Not sure if there is anyone who remembers me though but - Ricardo, Anders, Tod, Grisha, Eli, Ramzi, Chris - how are you? Hope you all are doing well.

Anyway, long story short, I stopped playing flamenco about 3 years ago - moved to play Surf on an electric guitar and some blues-rock later this year.
But, under curious, unexpected and mostly wonderful circumstances I came back to play Flamenco.

During those years I put effort to actually learn some music theory and not only fingers techniques (no wonder I couldn't improvise anything without knowing scales and modes meaning), thus now I'm reading and watching tutorials about Flamenco music theory and thought why won't I ask the experts themselves:

1. As far as I understood, Flamenco is played mostly in the key of E and A (arriba and medio) but in some sources it is said to be either a phrygian major or an 8 note scale containing both major and minor (for example:E F G G# A B C D if we stick to E), and in my Guitar Pro 5 there is another "8 note spanish" which give me the same scale but with A# instead.
So, it there any common Flamenco scale I can re-start my training from?

2. After being absent for some years, do you know any good sources (videos, online free courses) to learn Flamenco? (yes, I'll probably find an actual teacher this time but till then. . . )

Thanks you so much people!
Cheers,
Mark.


1. No, it's not modal. It is Phrygian KEY center, the same way the MINOR KEY uses accidentals, i.e. The harmonic, melodic, and natural minor scales mixed depending on harmony/melody, so does Flamenco por medio or por Arriba. If you understand the circle of 5th for it's key relationships you think of the C major position, it's relative minor is A minor...now imagine a third tier called "por Arriba" which all share the same key signature NO SHARPS OR FLATS. For F major, to the left, you have F major, D minor inside, and "por medio" ONE FLAT. Looking to the right side of the circle from C, you have G major, E minor inside, and then imagine "por Granaina" ONE SHARP....to the right again, you have two sharps so it's D major, B minor, and TARANTA, next you have 3 #, it's A major, F#minor and "por Rondeña" or "Do sustonido"...next 4 # it's E major, C# minor, and "por Minera"....need I continue for the entire circle?

It is wrong to think "8 note scale or mode" just as much as it is wrong to think that the key of "A minor" needs to include a G# in the key signature of scale, because the purpose of the accidental is to allow for harmonic movement. MODAL MUSIC DOESNT USE HARMONIC MOVEMENT, IT IS STATIC BASED ON A SINGLE CHORD BASS OR DRONE.

2. Encuentro video, Rito y Geografia del cante.

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  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Oct. 6 2016 17:46:04
 
El Kiko

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RE: I'm back to Flamenco! (in reply to FullMetalGuitarist

quote:

Not sure if there is anyone who remembers me though but

sure i remember you ...Hi

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  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Oct. 6 2016 18:58:39
 
Sr. Martins

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RE: I'm back to Flamenco! (in reply to FullMetalGuitarist

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Guitar Pro 5 there is another "8 note spanish" which give me the same scale but with A# instead.


You can think of it as pitch collection of eight notes since you'll be using 3m and 3M but in E that would be G and G#, not A#.

I never cared for the "exotic" scale names, they are meaningless to me. If you know Major/Minor, modes, melodic/harmonic minor and MOST IMPORTANT the degrees that they represent, you'll be able to understand pretty much all western theory.

It's all about intervalic relationships so if you can count to twelve you'll be fine.

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  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Oct. 6 2016 20:00:19
 
FullMetalGuitarist

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RE: I'm back to Flamenco! (in reply to FullMetalGuitarist

Thank you guys so much! Hello El Kiko!

So if I got it right it should look like that:

E phrygian: E F G/G# A B C D - minor/major
A phrygian: A A# C/C# D E F G - minor/major

I'm uploading here the best circle of 5th I know about, if anyone is interested.

On that same note: I read that the capo is used to changing the song's key (so far I did it only because so did the players in the song without understanding why).

So if the open position is an E phyrgian then capo on 3rd fret (usually Buleria?) will be G phrygian key?



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  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Oct. 7 2016 9:49:42
 
Piwin

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RE: I'm back to Flamenco! (in reply to FullMetalGuitarist

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So if I got it right it should look like that: E phrygian: E F G/G# A B C D - minor/major


I'm not sure what you mean by this. Are you writing this as two separate scales or just one?

The capo changes the key if you're using the exact same hand position. So yes playing por arriba on fret 3 is G phrygian. But any scale or chord can be played with a capo anywhere on the neck or no capo if you adapt your fret hand position.

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Sr. Martins

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RE: I'm back to Flamenco! (in reply to FullMetalGuitarist

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E phrygian: E F G/G# A B C D - minor/major


Phrygian is already a minor mode. Just think of it as Phrygian + M3... or Phrygian Dominant + m3.

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  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Oct. 7 2016 13:15:32
 
El Kiko

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RE: I'm back to Flamenco! (in reply to Piwin

i used to think of it as the modes of the minor scale , not the major ...so you can have a G# or a G natural , depending ...like a misused melodic minor ...
have a look at minor modes ,,,,in E for example .. just to confuse things ..
the POR ARRIBA , and POR MEDIO thing is just came about as a nonmusical term to achive a key ... based on how the left hand looked from , say , the singers point of view...

Por Medio , is in the middle looking chord ...A MAjor ...
or por arriba ..higher up using the strings above that .. but still major ... so E MAJ ..
edit
you could get a por abajo key ... it would be three strings the other way .. so D maj
this is regardless of where you put the capo ...
por medio could be A , Bb, B, C or C#...for the first 4 frets of the capo position ,,,por medio ....

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  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Oct. 7 2016 15:49:33
 
Leñador

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RE: I'm back to Flamenco! (in reply to FullMetalGuitarist

Can I call E phrygian the relative phrygian to C major??

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  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Oct. 7 2016 16:04:18
 
Sr. Martins

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RE: I'm back to Flamenco! (in reply to Leñador

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Can I call E phrygian the relative phrygian to C major??


I don't know if "relative" is a word used in this context but yes, you get E Phrygian out of the C major key signature.

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Leñador

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RE: I'm back to Flamenco! (in reply to FullMetalGuitarist

Do I get a gold star????

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  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Oct. 7 2016 16:21:59
 
Piwin

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RE: I'm back to Flamenco! (in reply to Sr. Martins

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C major key signature


That's one of the things I first found rather confusing about music theory in English.
In French the key signature is called the "armature", so there's no risk of mixing up the key (say E phrygian) and the key signature (no accidentals, C/Am).

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  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Oct. 7 2016 16:34:43
 
Sr. Martins

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RE: I'm back to Flamenco! (in reply to Piwin

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In French the key signature is called the "armature", so there's no risk of mixing up the key (say E phrygian) and the key signature (no accidentals, C/Am).


I think it's the same way in english, just like you wrote it..

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  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Oct. 7 2016 16:41:19
 
Piwin

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RE: I'm back to Flamenco! (in reply to Sr. Martins

I know, what I was trying to say is just that the terms are so close together that it makes it easy to mix them up or get confused.
"key and key signature" is easier to mix up than "key and armature", at least for someone like me who mixes things up all the time

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  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Oct. 7 2016 16:50:40
 
Sr. Martins

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RE: I'm back to Flamenco! (in reply to Piwin

In portuguese:

Key = Tom

Key signature = Armação de Clave



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  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Oct. 7 2016 17:00:10
 
Piwin

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RE: I'm back to Flamenco! (in reply to Sr. Martins

Now see, that's clear!
No one could mistake Tom for anybody else. He's just got that unique look about him.


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  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Oct. 7 2016 17:29:14
 
El Kiko

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RE: I'm back to Flamenco! (in reply to Leñador

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Do I get a gold star????

You can have a RELATIVE gold star .. its plastic .. and not gold coloured , however the PROUD factor remains the same ....
.
.oh yeah ... and its virtual ....
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.but identical to a gold star (relative)

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  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Oct. 7 2016 19:51:04
 
Ricardo

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RE: I'm back to Flamenco! (in reply to FullMetalGuitarist

quote:

ORIGINAL: FullMetalGuitarist

Thank you guys so much! Hello El Kiko!

So if I got it right it should look like that:

E phrygian: E F G/G# A B C D - minor/major
A phrygian: A A# C/C# D E F G - minor/major

I'm uploading here the best circle of 5th I know about, if anyone is interested.

On that same note: I read that the capo is used to changing the song's key (so far I did it only because so did the players in the song without understanding why).

So if the open position is an E phyrgian then capo on 3rd fret (usually Buleria?) will be G phrygian key?




I am so glad you posted the Circle of 5ths, but I would be even more satisfied if demonstrated that you UNDERSTOOD IT.

Saying "A A# C/C# D E F G"....shows that you don't understand it, nor did you understand what I said early about flamenco NOT being based on a mode/scale, but rather is a KEY that makes use of the entire chromatic spectrum as would a song in the relative minor or major key. The absolutely fundamental reason A# is wrong to say and Bb IS correct, as a start, get's to the heart of things.

Scales/Modes:
A Phrygian = A Bb C D E F G
A Phrygian Dominant (mode 5 of D harmonic minor) = A Bb C# D E F G
A Spanish Phrygian = a hybrid of the two scales above often heard in spanishy sounding music, including flamenco sometimes, as you attempted to write above using 8 notes instead of 7.
A ? (Arabic, Hungarian, exotic middle eastern name type things etc) = mode 5 of D double harmonic minor, ABbC#DEFG#.....

POR MEDIO:
A key used in Flamenco that makes use of not only the above types of scales, but the entire chromatic spectrum in order to allow for harmonic movements via tonic to dominant relations, just like it's relative major or minor keys might do. The tonic chord is based on the A major triad, with extension that can include the b9th (Bb), the minor 7th (G), and many other variants, and can superficially be confused for the DOMINANT chord function in the key of D minor. The phrasing and or rhythm of the song structure will distinguish it from being so.

Examples of accidentals against the key signature (one flat) that must be used when accompanying the cante of any palo "por medio" include: C#, of course, B natural (signals E7 chord or G7 chord for example depending on traditional practices), Eb (calls for chords F7 D7b9 Eb, etc to pull to Bb or G minor harmony), F# (to invoke the D7 harmony move to Gm, or as a modal color against the tonic A), and finally G# (to invoke either the Bb7-A CADENCE, or the tritone sub of that cadence, E7-A). These important accidentals that occur in the song forms via the voice are often imitated in the guitar falsetas and you may note that these taken together with the "Phrygian" family of scales above constitute the ENTIRE chromatic scale available.

Regarding Capo use: yes key of E will be transposed up to G at 3rd fret for example...BUT it is important to understand you must describe it with the adjective "Absolute key" or "Concert key or pitch". The reason is that in flamenco practice, just like with music scores or tablature, you pretend there IS NO CAPO in terms of how we think of the music theory. In other words you still say "por Arriba" which means key of E Phrygian regardless of capo position. The reason this is done is because the guitar, unlike piano, retains a special atmosphere or color depending on the key we play in, and we need to retain this atmosphere or vibe regardless of the singers vocal range. The true reason we use the capo is only because of the singer's needs, and as solo guitarists we want to retain certain timberal qualities of the guitar even in absense of a singer.

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  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Oct. 7 2016 20:34:55
 
Leñador

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RE: I'm back to Flamenco! (in reply to FullMetalGuitarist

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You can have a RELATIVE gold star .

Bueno, ole yo!

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  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Oct. 7 2016 21:54:41
 
FullMetalGuitarist

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RE: I'm back to Flamenco! (in reply to FullMetalGuitarist

Thank you so much for clearing the things to me!

It'll take me a bit time to understand but I'll do my best.

Cheers,
Mark.
  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Oct. 9 2016 4:44:43
 
Leñador

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RE: I'm back to Flamenco! (in reply to FullMetalGuitarist

quote:

A key used in Flamenco that makes use of not only the above types of scales, but the entire chromatic spectrum in order to allow for harmonic movements via tonic to dominant relations, just like it's relative major or minor keys might do. The tonic chord is based on the A major triad, with extension that can include the b9th (Bb), the minor 7th (G), and many other variants, and can superficially be confused for the DOMINANT chord function in the key of D minor. The phrasing and or rhythm of the song structure will distinguish it from being so.

Examples of accidentals against the key signature (one flat) that must be used when accompanying the cante of any palo "por medio" include: C#, of course, B natural (signals E7 chord or G7 chord for example depending on traditional practices), Eb (calls for chords F7 D7b9 Eb, etc to pull to Bb or G minor harmony), F# (to invoke the D7 harmony move to Gm, or as a modal color against the tonic A), and finally G# (to invoke either the Bb7-A CADENCE, or the tritone sub of that cadence, E7-A). These important accidentals that occur in the song forms via the voice are often imitated in the guitar falsetas and you may note that these taken together with the "Phrygian" family of scales above constitute the ENTIRE chromatic scale available.

I thought I understood por medio but I don't. Reading this is like reading a foreign language, I'm a catching words here and there but the overall sentiment of this is lost on me.

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  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Oct. 9 2016 5:06:12
 
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RE: I'm back to Flamenco! (in reply to Leñador

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ORIGINAL: Leñador
I thought I understood por medio but I don't. Reading this is like reading a foreign language, I'm a catching words here and there but the overall sentiment of this is lost on me.

To understand the tonic you must internalise it in sufficient quantities that you start calling some guy that's bigger than you a communist

Here's a simple Sabicas falsetta that illustrates an accidental that is not in your A phrygian.



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  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Oct. 9 2016 6:21:05
 
Ricardo

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RE: I'm back to Flamenco! (in reply to Leñador

quote:

ORIGINAL: Leñador

quote:

A key used in Flamenco that makes use of not only the above types of scales, but the entire chromatic spectrum in order to allow for harmonic movements via tonic to dominant relations, just like it's relative major or minor keys might do. The tonic chord is based on the A major triad, with extension that can include the b9th (Bb), the minor 7th (G), and many other variants, and can superficially be confused for the DOMINANT chord function in the key of D minor. The phrasing and or rhythm of the song structure will distinguish it from being so.

Examples of accidentals against the key signature (one flat) that must be used when accompanying the cante of any palo "por medio" include: C#, of course, B natural (signals E7 chord or G7 chord for example depending on traditional practices), Eb (calls for chords F7 D7b9 Eb, etc to pull to Bb or G minor harmony), F# (to invoke the D7 harmony move to Gm, or as a modal color against the tonic A), and finally G# (to invoke either the Bb7-A CADENCE, or the tritone sub of that cadence, E7-A). These important accidentals that occur in the song forms via the voice are often imitated in the guitar falsetas and you may note that these taken together with the "Phrygian" family of scales above constitute the ENTIRE chromatic scale available.

I thought I understood por medio but I don't. Reading this is like reading a foreign language, I'm a catching words here and there but the overall sentiment of this is lost on me.


Whenever questions about Flamenco's relationship to music theory in western terminology are posed it gets complex and confusing to verbally describe it because "music theory" is a practice used to convey the mechanics behind other music disciplines, i.e., CLASSICAL or JAZZ or other western music that can be played on a piano or guitar etc. The reason is because Flamenco is a completely different discipline that uses it's own terminology, including solefegio and vague descriptions such as "por medio" and "llamada", "Soniquete", "aire", etc etc, which don't fully translate to the western theory usage, but function perfectly well for it's own practice. I feel a need to be extremely thorough when trying to explain how flamenco WOULD fit in the western theory context, a sort of extreme translation from one language to another, and since YOU are already on the correct disciplinary path of learning flamenco proper, I would not worry much about it.

cheers,
Ricardo

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  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Oct. 10 2016 13:10:09
 
Leñador

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RE: I'm back to Flamenco! (in reply to FullMetalGuitarist

Ah well that makes me feel better lol
I'll just keep learning flamenco language and worry about translating later.

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  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Oct. 10 2016 13:51:16
 
FullMetalGuitarist

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RE: I'm back to Flamenco! (in reply to FullMetalGuitarist

quote:

I am so glad you posted the Circle of 5ths, but I would be even more satisfied if demonstrated that you UNDERSTOOD IT.


With a delay of a couple of years, but better late than never:

quote:

Saying "A A# C/C# D E F G"....shows that you don't understand it

Right, because I need to have all 7 notes, thus I need to call it B flat.
I also learned about the difference between natural minor and harmonic minor.

I found my old Graf-Martinez books and going through them again. As it turns out, he does mention music theory, but it is located at the end of the books, to which I never reached (he mentions the Mi, La, Si and Fa# Dorico)

Anyway, so far the books are very helpful, but I always like to look a couple of steps further and that makes me wonder:
As a western person who is not immersed in the Spanish culture - how hard is it to learn songs by ear?

At some point, I (hopefully) will finish my books and would like to learn new stuff by ear (because tabs are rare in Flamenco,at least compared to Classical music, and anyway - I believe that a musician has to have his ear developed).

When it comes to western songs, I find it relatively easy to figure out, at least the basic melody, for these are songs I listen to frequently and know them well.

When it comes to Flamenco however, I always remembered that it is a cultural thing, and people saying to me "you need to go to Andalusia in order to really understand Flamenco".
Now, while I really like the solo Flamenco guitar performance (and I think that Flamenco music is the only reason to pick a guitar over a piano to begin with), I'm not particularly interested in Spain as a country or culture nor in the Flamenco cante or baile. I have nothing against it, just not my cup of tea.
I wonder how big of an obstacle it may be on my way of learning to transcribe songs by ear (for example: I always wanted to learn Sabicas' Zarzamora without relaying on any tabs)

cheers,
Mark.
  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Nov. 4 2019 5:58:53
 
Ricardo

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RE: I'm back to Flamenco! (in reply to FullMetalGuitarist

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When it comes to Flamenco however, I always remembered that it is a cultural thing, and people saying to me "you need to go to Andalusia in order to really understand Flamenco".
Now, while I really like the solo Flamenco guitar performance (and I think that Flamenco music is the only reason to pick a guitar over a piano to begin with), I'm not particularly interested in Spain as a country or culture nor in the Flamenco cante or baile. I have nothing against it, just not my cup of tea.
I wonder how big of an obstacle it may be on my way of learning to transcribe songs by ear (for example: I always wanted to learn Sabicas' Zarzamora without relaying on any tabs)

cheers,
Mark.


Glad you figured out the Bb instead of A#!!!!!

Look you are doing things the hard way by avoiding Spain culture. Think this way... if you wanted to get a handle on the blues say, but you want to avoid learning or practicing the blues song form (12 bar structure of 3 dominant chords or 2 minor chords plus one dominant chord), avoid studying any old blues songs with singing cuz you don’t “like” it, never rub elbows with any darn pro blues players, and just sit in your bedroom trying to copy some blues licks of joeblow bonamasshole or whoever white boy by slowing down YouTube vids.... well image the scope of SUCKING your “blues” playing is in for.

Just a thought.

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  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Nov. 5 2019 13:04:05
 
JasonM

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RE: I'm back to Flamenco! (in reply to Ricardo

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joeblow bonamasshole or whoever white boy by slowing down YouTube vids.




FullMetal, what’s not to like about Paella, sun, girls, and fino sherry!
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