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

Lesson 1

Introduction to Flamenco...

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

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Lesson 2

Basic Strumming

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

Length: 4:49
Lesson 3

Two Finger Rasgueado

Mario DaSilva starts to break down the different versions of the flamenco rasgueado. He...

Length: 4:32
Lesson 4

Four Subdivision Rasgueado

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

Length: 3:06
Lesson 5

Five Stroke Rasgueado

Mario DaSilva breaks down the five stroke rasgueado technique. He continues to use the...

Length: 2:10
Lesson 6

Six Stroke Rasgueado

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

Length: 2:44
Lesson 7

Marote Rasgueado

Mario DaSilva begins to break down what are known as the marote rasgueados. This technique...

Length: 3:23
Lesson 8

Marote Rasgueado #2

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

Length: 2:03
Lesson 9

Marote Rasgueado #3

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

Length: 3:48
Lesson 10


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

Length: 3:06
Lesson 11

Combination Arpeggios

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

Length: 5:10
Lesson 12

16th Note Arpeggios

Mario DaSilva demonstrates arpeggios subdivided into sixteenth notes. He introduces a...

Length: 11:09
Lesson 13


Ligados are slurred notes used to create melodic content within a compas. In this lesson,...

Length: 11:05
Lesson 14

The Alzapúa

The Alzapúa is a fast, thumb only picking technique designed to project and create a...

Length: 6:20
Lesson 15

The Alzapúa #2

In the second lesson for the Alzapúa technique, Mario discusses why you would want to...

Length: 2:08
Lesson 16

Scale Usage

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

Length: 8:34
Lesson 17

Building Endurance

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

Length: 9:00
Lesson 18

Arpeggio Drills

Mario DaSilva provides several drills to help build your arpeggio skill. He uses the...

Length: 3:29
Lesson 19

Tremolo Technique

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

Length: 4:22
Lesson 20

The Malaguena

Now that Mario has covered the basic techniques needed to play in the flamenco style,...

Length: 22:42
Lesson 21

The Rumba

Mario DaSilva breaks down and demonstrates the famous Rumba dance.

Length: 11:40
Lesson 22

The Sevillanas

In lesson 22, Mario DaSilva breaks down the Sevillanas.

Length: 11:20
Lesson 23

The Farruca

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

Length: 13:45
Lesson 24

The Soleares

You'll remember this dance from the beginning of Mario's technique studies. In this lesson,...

Length: 14:02
Lesson 25

The Bulerias

Mario DaSilva breaks down the Bulerias. He includes the basic compas, variations, as well...

Length: 21:16
Lesson 26

The Alegrias

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

Length: 14:39
Lesson 27

Fandangos de Huelva

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

Length: 13:35
Lesson 28

The Guajiras

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

Length: 14:57
Lesson 29


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

Length: 11:24