Don’t Give Up on Learning Flamenco 2


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Don't Give Up on Flamenco

Don't give up

Flamenco is hard, really hard.

Most musicians I talk to play a little jazz or blues or something outside their realm but all respect flamenco.

Flamenco Guitar, Dance & Singing is one of the toughest nuts to crack.

You would be not be alone if you thought about giving up.


 

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Flamenco-Don't Give Up

After doing a 4 month intensive course with Carmen de las Cuevas I was frustrated.

I knew enough to sound flamenco but not enough to really 'play' flamenco.

I would watch our teacher play the same material on stage and everything just fit.

Why wasn't I like that?


 

Off to Seville

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I knew there was a secret that I didn't know, so off we went to Seville.

A few classes in Taller Flamenco showed me they didn't teach 'The Secret' so my search continued.

Within days I was at the door of Cristina Heeren Foundation and I felt content again. 6 hours of guitar with separate classes for technique, cante & baile... πŸ™‚


 

But I was restless again

Though I was learning great things and improving I wasn't sure I was unlocking 'The Secret.'

Little did I know how far I had come and what 'The Secret' even was.

 

I may not be there but I'm closer than yesterday

 

Playing with groups and at parties was fun but I felt I hadn't unlocked flamenco but soon my quest brought me to new teachers and larger goals.


 

Where am I now?

When I left Australia for Spain I was going to get awesome in 6 months. That was the plan, almost 2 years later on look back on the things I have learned and the progress I have made.

And I'm super content.

We never stop learning - why should you

I didn't understand how big of an undertaking flamenco was when I began, but I never expected to learn this much to begin with.

  • Compas
  • History
  • Techniques
  • A huge range of palos
  • Falsetas and joining material
  • Singing
  • Accompany techinques

All of these things are detailed and complex in their own right. If you have mastered just one you can rest easy, if you have more than one you are my hero.


 

The Secret

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So really what is 'The Secret.' From watching all these great performers, seeing new artists coming through and old ones showing off, one thing remains constant.

You are only halfway there.

Everyone I speak with is never content, they doubt their ability and question their level just as much as the next guy. No matter where they are in their ability they always see themselves as halfway there.


 

So Just Relax

The more I play, practice and study the more things I see I have yet to learn. We have started a long journey but reflect on what you have learned and the challenges it gave you.

Look forward to crushing your next goal.

Flamenco wouldn't be awesome if it was easy, but It can be easier than you think.

The beginning is always the hardest

If you take it piece by piece you will always be satisfied...


Do you have a story of overcoming defeat with Flamenco?

Share with us in the comments.

And if you've stopped playing or dancing, now is the time to restart!!

 

 


About Fisch

Fisch is a Flamenco Guitarist from Australia. Currently he studies flamenco guitar in Sevilla, Spain. He spends most of his time expanding his knowledge of this wonderful music.


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2 thoughts on “Don’t Give Up on Learning Flamenco

  • Michael Baughan

    Got most flamenco books, I want the format for all types. So I play the correct order for soles,Algeria tangos, rumba and so on so I can write a flamenco method that is correct

    • Fisch Post author

      G’day Michael.
      I’m not 100% sure what you’re asking, but if I guessed correctly you would like to know the structures for each Palo.
      This is something that Sabby and I are working on creating. We’ve been doing a fair amount of research the whole time we’ve been here and an Ebook on structure is certainly on our ‘to do list.’
      If there is something else you would like to ask feel free to contact me or use the “Ask a question form” πŸ™‚