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Don’t Give Up on Flamenco
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.
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
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… 🙂
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.
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.
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.
- A huge range of palos
- Falsetas and joining material
- 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.
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.
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!!