Introduction to Flamenco Guitar (Guitar Lesson)

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Mario DaSilva

Introduction to Flamenco Guitar

Taught by Mario DaSilva in Flamenco Guitar with Mario DaSilva seriesLength: 4:06Difficulty: 0.5 of 5

Compás: is a repetitive section of a given dance that sequences itself by only a few bars, which gets its character and uniqueness from its own chord progressions and rhythmic characterizations.

The ones studied here are not all the compasses there are in Flamenco. They are:


Falseta: a melodic statement that is plugged into the compas. They can be improvised, composed by the own guitarist, or they can be used as a quotation from another. Falsetas are only credible if composed with stylistic appropriateness to the compás in question.

Coplas: a folk melodic treatment is included within the compás.

Rasgueado: multiple finger strokes; Marote rasgueado: multiple finger strokes with the aid of thumb.

Arpeggios: (ascending, descending and combined) fingerpicking applications; “Arpeggios por Farruca...”

Golpe: stroke with fingernail on the top of guitar as strings are strummed, or played singly.

Golpeador: the invisible protection against golpes, which is glued above the top of the guitar.

Ligados: slurred notes by means of hammer-ons or pull-offs.

Disjunct lines: lines which are built skip-wise rather than step-wise or scale-wise.

Apagados: the technique of muting the strings after a stately strum, either with the palm of the right hand or the left hand's little finger.

Alzapúa: multiple and brisk ‘thumb only’ strokes in an upward and downward motion that are used to create high rhythmic excitement in a given passage.

Picado: the way in which melodies are performed in Flamenco. It is similar to the ‘rest stroke’ used in classical guitar.

One Octave: the first eight notes in a scale that can begin on any scale degree.

Tremolo: the device used in guitar execution to sustain notes as if played by a bowed or wind instrument. All fingers are required to perform the tremolo: p, i, a, m.

Ayudado: translation; "helped". Performing melodic thumb duties with the middle finger resting on the B string.

Salidas: the closing last bars of either an entire dance or just a smaller section.

Silencio: slower and somber passage within the context of the Alegrias.

Escobillas: another passage within the context of the Alegrias that features foot work.

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Member Comments about this Lesson

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BrewzerBrewzer replied on February 25th, 2016

Since I first heard Flamenco music, I've been intrigued by the rhythm & the dancing. Great.

francisrockstarfrancisrockstar replied on January 14th, 2014

what was the song he plays in the intro

wizard1325wizard1325 replied on September 30th, 2012

make more videos better Q please

pebblespebbles replied on August 30th, 2011

Now Jamplay really has everything. What other site would give you metal, blues, flamenco (and more...) Cheers Mario!

navasnavas replied on August 29th, 2011

As Spaniard very happy to see that flamenco series came on board

YucatanEdYucatanEd replied on August 27th, 2011

Love this. Welcome to Jamplay Mario!

larseumlarseum replied on August 26th, 2011

Just great

jj90jj90 replied on August 26th, 2011

Si senior! Flamenco looks incredibly difficult but beautiful! Gracias! Looking forward to these series, great addition to the genre catalog on Jamplay.

emilyblemilybl replied on August 26th, 2011

Wonderful, a flamenco series!

melodiusthunkmelodiusthunk replied on August 26th, 2011

Woo Hoo! Welcome to Jamplay Mario, looking forward to your lesson series.

imoussalliimoussalli replied on August 25th, 2011

can't wait to begin the lessons!!!

meganmegan replied on August 25th, 2011

Encantado Mario. Vamos a tocar la guitarra flamenca!

dj.phillipsdj.phillips replied on August 25th, 2011

Welcome, Mario!

SylviaSylvia replied on August 25th, 2011

All good things come to those who wait. Yay, Flamenco!

skydiverskydiver replied on August 25th, 2011

thanks jamplay, looking forward to the next lesson. tony

jknasinskijknasinski replied on August 25th, 2011

So glad to see flamenco on JamPlay. Love it.

Flamenco Guitar with Mario DaSilva

Found in our Beginner Lesson Sets

Learn the techniques and dance accompaniments associated with the Flamenco guitar.

Lesson 1

Introduction to Flamenco Guitar

Mario DaSilva introduces himself and the Spanish art form of flamenco guitar.

Length: 4:06 Difficulty: 0.5 Members Only
Lesson 2

Basic Strumming

Mario DaSilva starts to break down flamenco guitar techniques, starting with a basic one finger strum.

Length: 4:49 Difficulty: 1.0 Members Only
Lesson 3

Two Finger Rasgueado

Mario DaSilva starts to break down the different versions of the flamenco rasgueado. He starts with the triplet subdivision using two fingers.

Length: 4:32 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 4

Four Subdivision Rasgueado

Mario DaSilva breaks down the stroke pattern for the sixteenth note rasgueado.

Length: 3:06 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 5

Five Stroke Rasgueado

Mario DaSilva breaks down the five stroke rasgueado technique. He continues to use the Soleares in his examples.

Length: 2:10 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 6

Six Stroke Rasgueado

Mario DaSilva turns up the heat with a six stroke rasgueado technique.

Length: 2:44 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 7

Marote Rasgueado

Mario DaSilva begins to break down what are known as the marote rasgueados. This technique involves subdivision using both the thumb and fingers.

Length: 3:23 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 8

Marote Rasgueado #2

Mario DaSilva demonstrates an alternate way to perform the marote rasgueados.

Length: 2:03 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 9

Marote Rasgueado #3

Mario DaSilva wraps up the rasgueado techniques with the 16th note subdivision of the marote rasgueado.

Length: 3:48 Difficulty: 0.0 Members Only
Lesson 10


Mario DaSilva begins to teach the arpeggio techniques utilized in the flamenco style.

Length: 3:06 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 11

Combination Arpeggios

Mario DaSilva adds the ascending arpeggio to the repertoire and combines it with the descending arpeggio.

Length: 5:10 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 12

16th Note Arpeggios

Mario DaSilva demonstrates arpeggios subdivided into sixteenth notes. He introduces a new compas called the Farruca as well as the golpe technique.

Length: 11:09 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 13


Ligados are slurred notes used to create melodic content within a compas. In this lesson, Mario will be demonstrates ligados using the Soleares. He then demonstrates how to combine strumming, ligados,...

Length: 11:05 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 14

The Alzapúa

The Alzapúa is a fast, thumb only picking technique designed to project and create a more flamenco-styled sound. In this lesson, Mario provides some drills that will help you master this technique.

Length: 6:20 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 15

The Alzapúa #2

In the second lesson for the Alzapúa technique, Mario discusses why you would want to use this technique over a standard fingerstyle pattern.

Length: 2:08 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Lesson 16

Scale Usage

Mario DaSilva discusses and demonstrates how scales are incorporated into the flamenco style.

Length: 8:34 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 17

Building Endurance

In lesson 17, Mario discusses endurance and ways to built upon it for speed and accuracy.

Length: 9:00 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Lesson 18

Arpeggio Drills

Mario DaSilva provides several drills to help build your arpeggio skill. He uses the Malaguena dance as an example for these drills.

Length: 3:29 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 19

Tremolo Technique

Mario DaSilva demonstrates how the tremolo technique is utilized within the confines of the flamenco style.

Length: 4:22 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Lesson 20

The Malaguena

Now that Mario has covered the basic techniques needed to play in the flamenco style, he begins to break down the individual dances from the style. He starts first with the Malaguena.

Length: 22:42 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 21

The Rumba

Mario DaSilva breaks down and demonstrates the famous Rumba dance.

Length: 11:40 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 22

The Sevillanas

In lesson 22, Mario DaSilva breaks down the Sevillanas.

Length: 11:20 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 23

The Farruca

Mario DaSilva takes an in depth look at the dance he initially introduced during his technique lessons.

Length: 13:45 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 24

The Soleares

You'll remember this dance from the beginning of Mario's technique studies. In this lesson, Mario covers the Soleares in its entirety.

Length: 14:02 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 25

The Bulerias

Mario DaSilva breaks down the Bulerias. He includes the basic compas, variations, as well as several salidas to use.

Length: 21:16 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 26

The Alegrias

In lesson 26 of his Flamenco guitar series, Mario DaSilva breaks down the Alegrias dance.

Length: 14:39 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 27

Fandangos de Huelva

In lesson 27, Mario DaSilva breaks down the Fandangos de Huelva.

Length: 13:35 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 28

The Guajiras

In the 28th lesson of his Flamenco series, Mario DaSilva discusses and breaks down the Guajiras.

Length: 14:57 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Lesson 29


Completing his studies on the dances of Flamenco, Mario Dasilva offers up a lesson on the Seguiriyas.

Length: 11:24 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only

About Mario DaSilva View Full Biography Mario DaSilva is an expert classical and Flamenco player who has toured and played with some of the finest musicians in the business, including the following: Nashville Chamber Orchestra, Belmont University Orchestra, Indiana University SE Orchestra, Bowling Green Chamber Orchestra, Nashville Ballet, Lari White, Chuck Cannon, Little Big Town, Muriel Anderson, Felipe De La Rosa, Bruce and Sandra Dudley, Lori Meecham, and Tracy Silverman.

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