Play Solo Flamenco Guitar, Volume 1


Author: Juan Martin Publisher: Mel Bay Publications
Category: Instructional/Method


ITEM: 02935
Price: $27.99


This package by Juan Martin provides 42 solos, progressively graded in 6 grades from 0 to 5, to suit players at any stage from absolute beginner to intermediate and more advanced. It contains examples of 18 different "palos" (rhythmic forms) of Flamenco, with a wealth of melodic "falsetas" and rhythms. The music for all these is accurately written in notation and flamenco tab (cifra) in this book, and is also recorded on the accompanying CD. The video contains over 57 minutes of solo music, and also includes introductions by Juan Martin and brief scenes of Andalucia today, which help to place this profoundly exciting and deeply felt music in the landscape of its origins. Juan Martin has succeeded here in showing how even music which is simple and very easy to start with can express the essential sound and emotionof flamenco, to build step by step the skills necessary for the performance of concert solos.

Juan Martin is an outstanding player and originator. He is among the very small number of flamenco guitarists to achieve international recognition as a solo concert and recording artist. From his origins in Malaga in Andalucia, his art has evolved in the purest Spanish traditions of flamenco. He is also passionately committed to communicating the mysteries of this great tradition to others, as shown by his essential method "El Arte Flamenco de la Guitarra", books of transcriptions of selected solos from his many albums and videos.


Introduction by Juan Martin

The Elements of Flamenco Guitar-Playing

Symbols and Notation

GRADE 0: 1. Primera Solea (First Solea) 2. Tientos (Anhelo - Yearning) 3. Sevillana (Copla tradicional) 4. Verdiales (Malaga, mi tierra) 5. Alegrias En Mi (Alborozo - Jubilation) 6. Tangos (Festejo - Celebration) 7. Guajira (Fiesta cubana)

GRADE 1: 8. Solea (Falsetas sencillas (Simple falsetas) 9. Fandango de Alosno 10. Rumba (Cancion popular) 11. Tangos (Impulso) 12. Carcelero 13. Farruca (Ritmo del baile - Rhythm of the dance) 14. Sevillana (Mi copla)

GRADE 2: 15. Solea (Falsetas tradicional) 16. Alegrias En La 17. Tarantos (Toque de las minas) 18. Zorongo 19. Cantinas (Luz y sombra - Light and shade) 20. Seguiriya (Lamento) 21. Rumba (Rumba flamenca)

GRADE 3: 22. Solea (La base) 23. Fandango de Huelva 24. Alegrias En Mi (con silencio) 25. Bulerias por Arriba 26. Rumba (Rumba del dia nueve) 27. Malaguena (Velez) 28. Granadinas (Albaicin)

GRADE 4: 29. Solea (Solea gitana) 30. Seguiriyas (Falsetas clasicas) 31. Zapateado (Taconeos) 32. Rumba (Cancion popular, more advanced - mas avanzada) 33. Solea por Bulerias (Raices) 34. Tarantas (Aires de La Union) 35. Alegrias (Tema inicial - Opening theme)

GRADE 5: 36. Solea para Acompanar 37. Tientos (de Ricardo a Paco) 38. Seguiriyas (Sabicas y ritmeo) 39. Alegrias (Melocotones de Ronda) 40. Verdiales (Coplas malaguenas) 41. Bulerias (Diego en menor) 42. Guajiras (from Cana raja)

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