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Flamenco composition 

Hi,
i'm doing music GCSE and need to compose a flamenco guitar piece. I was wondering if anyone had any ideas that i could use that would help it sound flamenco like.
Thanx
  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Mar. 22 2004 18:03:03
 
Jim Opfer

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RE: Flamenco composition (in reply to Guest

Hi,
This is a kind of daft question, if you don't mind me saying so.
I'm sorry and don't really want to sound rude or too crittical, but it's a typical thing some music teacher would dream up and set the student of on an impossible path.
You can't sum up flamenco with a few tips! people spend their lives trying to master their art. The great guys are awesome and for most of us, if we're lucky, we might just achieve something worthwhile.
If your teacher is the culprit here and he/she is ready to be duped, try playing an E chord followed by an F chord using a full barre but to make it sound 'different' substitute the barre for just the F note on the 6th string, then go back to E.
Hope this helps.
Jim.
  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Mar. 22 2004 18:39:18
 
Escribano

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RE: Flamenco composition (in reply to Jim Opfer

quote:

try playing an E chord followed by an F chord using a full barre but to make it sound 'different' substitute the barre for just the F note on the 6th string, then go back to E.


If you do not know how to barre, play the E chord one fret above normal E (with your 2nd, 3rd and little finger) holding down behind the second fret on the 6th string (nearest to you) with your index finger.

Also try Am, G, that F thingy then E. Count three beats in each i.e. 3/4. That makes 12 beats. Then F thingy, E, F thingy then E. That'll sound Spanish.

Flamenco is a little harder but beware, it bites and you could be at it for another 20 years. Good luck!

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  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Mar. 22 2004 19:37:46
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RE: Flamenco composition (in reply to Guest

thanx for the help
  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Mar. 23 2004 18:24:37
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RE: Flamenco composition (in reply to Guest

Hola

Play the scale of C major. Carry it up to G (3rd fret 1st string) and down to E (6th string). Play anything you like using these notes while counting up to 10, one note for each beat. Do nothing for 2 beats. (The compas is 12 beats). Combine this with Simon´s Am, G, F, E chords, Play this as Am, G, F, E, E, E, F, E, F, E. This brings you to 10, so 2 silences will be a compas.
If your teacher does not like this, or says it does not sound like flamenco, change your school.

Sean
  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Mar. 23 2004 21:31:31
 
Escribano

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quote:

If your teacher does not like this, or says it does not sound like flamenco, change your school.


And another beer for my friend please Paco. Yes... another one!

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  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Mar. 23 2004 21:56:58
 
tanolonco

 

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RE: Flamenco composition (in reply to Escribano

Want to sound flamenco? Well my first inclination is to say to spend a lot of time, effort, hard work, etc. and learn it the right way. But, I do understand the quandry. I would recommend a Veridales. Why? This style is often referred to as a "typical Spanish sounding" form. You will sound flamenco-ish, you will sound like a bullfight, you will sound "typically Spanish"????

Veridales uses the chords E, F, G, F# (all barrs of E) and is pretty straight forward. If you can play a Maleguena, you can play a Veridales. Just remember, when speaking the word, the "V" sounds more like a "B"
  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Mar. 25 2004 13:05:10
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RE: Flamenco composition (in reply to tanolonco

Here are some quick and easy phrases:

3/4 | E | E | F | G F# F|

3/4 | Am | G | F | E |

Flamenco is not as easy as this. This is just the "fake book" method.
  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Mar. 26 2004 13:20:18
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RE: Flamenco composition (in reply to Guest

Composing a 'flamenco piece' is honestly plain stupid to me.. Simply right hand techniques might help, if you already know a bit. Maybe a simple rasguedo or substituting a flamenco tremolo for an easier classical one, just to make it seem 'flamenco' to your 'teacher'. Good luck...
  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Sep. 16 2004 4:33:41
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