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Mario DaSilva

Basic Strumming

Taught by Mario DaSilva in Flamenco Guitar with Mario DaSilva seriesLength: 4:49Difficulty: 1.0 of 5
FLAMENCO TERMINOLOGIES AND DEFINITIONS

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:

MALAGUEÑA, RUMBA, SEVILLANAS, FARRUCA, SOLEARES, BULERIAS, ALEGRIAS, FANDANGOS DE HUELVA, GUAJIRAS AND SEGUIRIYAS.

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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bellringerbellringer replied on September 24th, 2017

Hi, How do I access the answers to some of the already asked questions?

Bradley.ConwayBradley.Conway replied on September 25th, 2017

Hello bellringer! Answers to the comments/questions will appear directly below the question. That being said, if you see nothing listed directly below that means that the question has not been answered yet. You can also review some questions on the lesson by clicking the red "Ask A Teacher" button. Hope this helps! Happy Jamming!!

@Voyagee_Air@Voyagee_Air replied on May 18th, 2014

Why use capo?

latin1969latin1969 replied on April 9th, 2014

Mario, thanks so much really enjoyed this lesson! Your instruction was simple & easy to follow.

tovalexistovalexis replied on December 16th, 2013

I love Flamenco so learned from this lesson however I am a beginner in music and guitar playing so not quite familiar with terms such as "chord progression". I wanted to ask is this where I should start.

michiganbluesmichiganblues replied on March 29th, 2013

Thanks Mario, I like the way you explain the technique; easy to understand and practice. I've enjoyed listening to Flamenco and hope to be able to play it as well.

skullaskulla replied on February 13th, 2013

Great lesson, I have a dumb question but can this rhythm be applied to any chord progression?

skullaskulla replied on February 13th, 2013

Great lesson, I have a dumb question but can this rhythm be applied to any chord progression?

skullaskulla replied on February 13th, 2013

Great lesson, I have a dumb question but can this rhythm be applied to any chord progression?

matsutsuki86matsutsuki86 replied on September 5th, 2012

Great lesson!

theyesteryearstheyesteryears replied on March 4th, 2012

How does my progress work? I have completed lessons 1 and 2 but progress report still at zero.

armoguitararmoguitar replied on May 1st, 2012

You have to manually drag your progress meter over. Doesn't automatically keep progress. I guess it's a way that you can gauge how well you are progressing through each lesson so you know which ones to come back to

theyesteryearstheyesteryears replied on March 4th, 2012

Wow. I'm surprised at how quickly I picked up on lesson 1. I feel so good hearing the beautiful tones of Flamenco - then realising, its me making them! Thank you..

johnroejohnroe replied on February 17th, 2012

How do I open the .gpx files for the supplementary info? My pc doesn't recognize the file type.

Brig07Brig07 replied on February 24th, 2012

You need a program called Guitar Pro...I've bought the latest one GP6 and it works fine

Brig07Brig07 replied on January 3rd, 2012

I like this teacher. He's got a way of presenting the information in a simple, yet solid manner. It was easy to follow. I look forward to watching more Flamenco videos and hopefully they will add more material for this exquisite genre!

patsendpatsend replied on November 15th, 2011

excellent lesson, I love to learn that, please give more

beebadbeebad replied on September 16th, 2011

Great stuff Mario. Any chance of putting a Guitar Pro 5 on here. The gpx doesn't seem to work. Thanks in advance.

maxjubermaxjuber replied on August 28th, 2011

if you wanted to try soloing over this, what scales should you use? I'm sure that's coming up, but would love a heads up anyway. I've been looking forward to this series, THANKS jamplay and mario!

brokendreamerbrokendreamer replied on August 28th, 2011

over most of this you can solo in F major but on the E7 and F7 you'll need to use A major and Bb major (or E mixolydian/Fmixolydian) that's if you don't use a capo, but if you use a capo like he did, then everything is moved up a whole step.

brokendreamerbrokendreamer replied on August 28th, 2011

oh, and I forgot about harmonic minor, you can use harmonic minor over some of the chords. I'm sure someone else can elaborate since I'm new to harmonic minor and don't understand it fully

brokendreamerbrokendreamer replied on August 28th, 2011

i hope to woo the ladies with flamenco guitar when I'm done this course ;P

skydiverskydiver replied on August 28th, 2011

Thanks Mario, enjoying the music, keep on going

boulezboulez replied on August 27th, 2011

Hi Mario! Could you tell me if it is OK not to place the thumb of the right hand when playing. I am a classical guitarist having a go at flamenco. Loving it!

YucatanEdYucatanEd replied on August 27th, 2011

Cool stuff. I haven't seen the up/down strokes described in relation to the staff before. Thanks for that piece of knowledge.

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 FREE
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

Arpeggios

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

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

Seguiriyas

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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