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Rumba Flamenca: Basic Right Hand Moves

Marcelo teaches the eight basic right hand moves for the Rumba Flamenca strum pattern. He then shows you how to apply it to a single chord as well as one of the most important chord progressions in Spanish music.

Taught by Marcelo Berestovoy in Flamenco & Spanish Guitar seriesLength: 17:46Difficulty: 2.0 of 5


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LarsAhlstromLarsAhlstrom replied

I just want to express my gratitude for your teaching, Marcello. This I have waited for many years. And you are totally brilliant.Flamenco, but I In my youth I went to a very nice teacher, and she teached me from beginning, classical guitar on the way to the Flamenco. She also really looked as a real full blood Spanish flamenco dancer, so beautiful, and I dreamt of her many times. =) Now she's passed. She was a famous singer in Sweden. This was around 1967-1970 and my life went berserk for a # of reasons, so I stopped that learning after 3 years. But I entertained a lot of people on stage with my classmate, a girl, and we played a lot of duos by Ferdinando Carulli, Carcassi, and pieces by Fernando Sor, Mertz... So from my 13th years of age, with a 50 year brake, I finally find you and can now get to learn this wonderful music. Thank you, Marcello!

FrancizFranciz replied

I feel enthusiastic about the lesson, but I have a little confusion: Move No 3 with the hand down is supposed to be an accent as Marcello mentioned. When I look at the pdf the accents are indicated on moves No 4. and No 7. Is it that 3 and 4 are emphasised? (as well as 7 of course).

nuisancenuisance replied

practiced alot, now i can play 1 - 5 as fast as him

andrlaur2018andrlaur2018 replied

super teacher....

John475John475 replied

Excellent teacher!

PrithveePrithvee replied

Hi everyone, i don't know how to play the bar chords. Anyone got any advice?

shiroshiro replied

simply put - you're not quite ready for them. Go to beginner's section and learn the fingerings for the barre chords :)

Bradley.ConwayBradley.Conway replied

Hello Prithvee! Bar chords can be tricky at first and most of the problems (other than finger placement) is the amount of force required to hit the chord cleanly. There are several types of hand exercisers out there that can help increase finger strength, but at the same time you don't want to use a crushing type of force when barring (this usually ends with fatigued fingers and a tendency for all of your chords to be sharp). I would recommend picking a particular bar chord and practice hitting it cleanly at different fret intervals on your guitar. After awhile the muscle memory sets in and you will get a feel for the amount of force and finger placement needed. Good Luck and Happy Jamming!

timkc3timkc3 replied

I love Marcelo's teaching style and his joke about the bongo player. Gracias. Great to have him as an instructor. Que milagro!

Mano_DerechaMano_Derecha replied

Saw an important detail on #7 that I missed. I was using my thumb to strum before, now that its with the fingers I can find and sustain the rhythm better. Thanks

alvarozaratealvarozarate replied

wow Marcelo, muchas gracias, saludos from Mexico.

Marcelo1Marcelo1 replied

Saludos Alvaro! Estuve muchas veces tocando en Mexico. abrazo!

alvarozaratealvarozarate replied

wow Marcelo, muchas gracias, saludos from Mexico.

Southern CashSouthern Cash replied

After watching that i'm just sitting here smiling. You have further inspired me Marcelo!!! I'm thoroughly inspired by this lesson. I love guitar :)

krdugas1krdugas1 replied

My thumb is killing me on the back side underneath the cuticle of my thumb nail. I have played the guitar for many years but this style is new to me. I feel I must have bad hand position. Any suggestions?

Marcelo1Marcelo1 replied

let it rest for a few days and then try it again playing very softly, barely touching the strings until you feel comfortable enough to apply more pressure

makmerrymakmerry replied

Infectious rhythm and great lesson. Thanks! Marcelo, can you (or anyone else) suggest a song or two or three that I can play this rhythm with and sing along, and maybe a citation for recorded versions I can listen to to hear someone else play and sing to the Rumba Flamenca.

Marcelo1Marcelo1 replied

almost any song by the Gypsy Kings.

Marcelo1Marcelo1 replied

Enter your comment here.

samljer2samljer2 replied

Cant do this very long before the strings feel like they are murdering my thumb, is this normal? I also play acoustic and electrical and it didnt do that.

Marcelo1Marcelo1 replied

you're pressing too hard. Go easy! Volume is achieved by applying the right amount of pressure which can take time

KheldimKheldim replied

Incredible lesson, really put my hopes up, may I discover Flamenco in 2015 :D

BILLBYTHBILLBYTH replied

First two lessons are excellent. I know the chord progressions but had no idea how to make the Rumba strum. Still very slow but I'm getting there - and most importantly I know what I should aim for. Once I get a reasonable speed I'll progress to the next set. You are a great confidence inspiring teacher Marcelo.

mrabhimrabhi replied

Amazing. Your teaching style is awesome..

melodiemelodie replied

A mi me gusta tambien, pero tengo algunos problemos con el streaming. con una conexion cable 50 Mbit/s me llega con interuptiones. por que eso? (seem to need some practice in spanish one of these days)

jerosguitarjerosguitar replied

Very good teacher! ;-)

adriano7rofehadriano7rofeh replied

Gracias Maestro! Estas primeras lecciones son tremendas y de mucho valor!

Marcelo1Marcelo1 replied

De nada Adriano. Me alegro que te gusten! :-)

bobh71bobh71 replied

Zesty!!!!

haddawihaddawi replied

This strumming was a mystery to me ever since I was 14 years old. I am 61 years old now, and finally got it. Thank you Marcelo. You are an excellent teacher.

jpbluestringjpbluestring replied

Great lesson - Many thanks Marcelo. For years I have been trying, now I see. Thanks

tmorenotmoreno replied

I love this. Gracias Marcelo. Your teaching skills son fantasticos.

danburrdanburr replied

Been teaching myself flamenco past few years by playing along with songs on CD's. My strumming just never sounded right. Now I know why!!! Can't wait to progress through these lessons. Love your teaching style, Marcelo.

blackbird1blackbird1 replied

HI, enjoy your way of teaching the flamenco guitar,in the past I bought dvds to try to learn to play this style of guitar but was disappointed because the teacher presumed the intended student already played to some level of compency,so I gave it away through frustration.Question:..do you suggest familiarising and learning to play the cords properly before preceding with learning the flamenco style.

ianchristie3ianchristie3 replied

You are a fantastic teacher. Thank you.

rich thompsonrich thompson replied

Thank you for the great lesson series! It is truly inspiring and taught well, it is an honor to learn from you.

rogimorrogimor replied

Great lessons,

charlesfadamscharlesfadams replied

OK got my new D addario strings on my cheap 80 dollar classical guitar and boy what a diffrence. now it sounds like a 500 dollar classical guitar.

vvdavidvvvvdavidvv replied

This is so awesome I've taken Flamenco lessons for 3 weeks then quit. I learned more in this 1 video then what the guy taught me in three weeks for 25$ per half hour! Thanks Marcelo Berestovoy your a talented amazing teacher and player and thank you jamplay!

adalleadalle replied

For many years I've loved flamenco, and sometimes wanted to learn to play, but it always seemed out of reach. Thank you so much for demonstrating these flamenco rhythms so well! Very excited about this lesson set - I hope you become a fixture here at Jample, Marcello.

melodiusthunkmelodiusthunk replied

Marcelo, man I love your teaching style!. I am hooked, reel me in!

NicaNica replied

Relatively new at this, side of thumb very sore from practice, todays manicure ruined but I feel happy. Hope that means I'm doing good! Gracias Maestro!

gharringtongharrington replied

The nanosecond between 4&5 moves is a challenge because 4 thumb up move seems to take hand up & away from face slap 5. It feels like you must execute a tiny circular roll to naturally return open palm to face?

garyegaryegaryegarye replied

There seems to be a technical problem with the sound. All the other lessons in this set seem to be working fine.

Chris.LiepeChris.Liepe replied

on the low and medium settings for scene 1, there is no audio. We should have this fixed by tomorrow. For now, switch to a higher setting for that scene to hear the sound. Sorry about the inconvenience!

kevinacekevinace replied

Great job teaching this!

furkan2011furkan2011 replied

incredible thank you

xavier2011xavier2011 replied

Thanks for this new lessons! hope to learn a lot from you Marcelo, excellent lesson.

daddy_mikedaddy_mike replied

absolutely delicious!

charlesfadamscharlesfadams replied

Is it ok to use an acoustic steel string guitar for this or do I have to have a classical guitar ?

Marcelo1Marcelo1 replied

Of course, you can even do it on electric w distorted power chords! Learn the technique then use it for whatever you like!

charlesfadamscharlesfadams replied

thank you . got my valencia but have to put on better strings. these chinese strings just don't cut it.

SylviaSylvia replied

You can do this on a steel string guitar but you might bleed after a while.

charlesfadamscharlesfadams replied

ouch. I have a valencia vg 160 classical flamenco guitar on the way.

jj90jj90 replied

This lesson is incredible as expressure says! Great explaining. Loved Mario DaSilva's flamenco series here on Jamplay and surely going to enjoy this too. Still the theory in scene 3 is a bit confusing for me but I have a lot to learn on that department.

Marcelo1Marcelo1 replied

I'm doing a Q&A tomorrow and will be happy to answer your questions Re the theory on scene 3

expressureexpressure replied

Thank you Marcelo for coming to Jamplay. This lesson is incredible. I would say more but I am going to practice.

Flamenco & Spanish Guitar

Found in our Beginner Lesson Sets

Internationally known Latino artist, composer and guitarist explores key Flamenco and Spanish rhythms and progressions. Marcelo breaks down these styles in a proven, easy to understand method.



Series IntroductionLesson 1

Series Introduction

Marcelo artfully demonstrates the playing style he teaches in this Flamenco & Spanish Guitar series. He also plays through four basic rhythm techniques and sets the course for the lessons ahead.

Length: 2:07 Difficulty: 1.0 Members Only
Rumba Flamenca: Basic Right Hand MovesLesson 2

Rumba Flamenca: Basic Right Hand Moves

Marcelo teaches the eight basic right hand moves for the Rumba Flamenca strum pattern. He then shows you how to apply it to a single chord as well as one of the most important chord progressions in Spanish...

Length: 17:46 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Phrygian Rumba BluesLesson 3

Phrygian Rumba Blues

Marcelo blends familiar sounds with new ones as he looks at how to combine the rumba rhythm with a standard blues progression and the Phrygian mode.

Length: 5:49 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
7ths, 9ths, and Secondary DominantsLesson 4

7ths, 9ths, and Secondary Dominants

Take the rumba and the Andalusian Cadence to the next level by adding tasty extensions and chord substitutions.

Length: 15:24 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
La citaLesson 5

La cita

Marcelo teaches the rhythm portion of his popular song "La cita" as a way of applying the techniques and progressions covered in the series thus far.

Length: 15:33 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Rumba: Triplet FillsLesson 6

Rumba: Triplet Fills

Learn how to insert fast and tasteful triplets into your strumming. Marcelo demonstrates two different ways of performing the technique and combines triplet fills with the rumba strum.

Length: 12:28 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Rumba: Playing AccentsLesson 7

Rumba: Playing Accents

Using the song "La cita", Marcelo explains how to add accents and hits to the basic rumba strum.

Length: 7:06 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Rumba: Double Time VariationLesson 8

Rumba: Double Time Variation

Marcelo mixes it up by teaching several popular variations to the rumba strum. He reviews the basic rumba and demonstrates how to incorporate different rhythms without skipping a beat.

Length: 8:41 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Bolero RhythmLesson 9

Bolero Rhythm

Moving on to the second of four Spanish guitar rhythms in this series, Marcelo introduces the bolero. He teaches the right hand moves and demonstrates the technique over a variety of common chords.

Length: 14:29 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Bolero & Chord ProgressionsLesson 10

Bolero & Chord Progressions

Marcelo explores four popular chord progressions commonly applied to the bolero rhythm and reviews the techniques needed to play the bolero strum.

Length: 22:23 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Bolero & VariationsLesson 11

Bolero & Variations

Using the chord progressions covered in previous lessons, Marcelo explains how to add tasty variations to the basic bolero rhythm. Have fun!

Length: 12:03 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Brazilian BossaLesson 12

Brazilian Bossa

Chill with Marcelo and the soothing vibe of the Brazilian Bossa. This is a comprehensive lesson that covers a variety of chord progressions, jazz voicings, right hand techniques and various patterns that...

Length: 33:19 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
South American 6/8Lesson 13

South American 6/8

Blending time signatures and applying the strumming techniques you've learned so far, Marcelo brings you the upbeat and challenging South American 6/8. Try it with a variety of chord progressions...Try...

Length: 22:56 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Finger PickingLesson 14

Finger Picking

Marcelo dives deep in to the world of finger picking in this monster lesson. He explains how to effectively play scales while keeping certain pedal tones going on the upper strings. Marcelo then applies...

Length: 43:30 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Finger Picking & Barre ChordsLesson 15

Finger Picking & Barre Chords

This lesson continues where the last one left off. Marcelo explores the finger picking techniques covered in the previous lesson over barre chords. He also teaches several new scale positions corresponding...

Length: 8:01 Difficulty: 0.0 Members Only
Salsa!Lesson 16

Salsa!

Get your dancin' shoes... grab some percussion instruments... or just sit down with your guitar and explore some salsa playing with Marcelo! In this lesson, you'll learn some great chord progressions and...

Length: 12:52 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Improvising and the Andalusian CadenceLesson 17

Improvising and the Andalusian Cadence

Using the famous Andalusian Cadence chord progression that was covered in earlier lessons, Marcelo offers up different scales and phrasing ideas that players can use over each chord. Then, he talks about...

Length: 10:28 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Cha Cha RhythmLesson 18

Cha Cha Rhythm

Marcelo teaches the popular cha cha rhythm that has been made famous by performing greats such as Carlos Santana.

Length: 6:41 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Gypsy JazzLesson 19

Gypsy Jazz

Marcelo takes you in to the style of Django Reinhardt with this fun lesson on gypsy jazz. You'll learn a few chord progressions and the right hand "la pompe" strumming pattern with and without a pick....

Length: 14:29 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Walking Bass LinesLesson 20

Walking Bass Lines

Be your own band!...sort of. Marcelo shows you how to use moving bass notes while playing chords at the same time. He applies this over a number of chord progressions, including the 12 bar blues.

Length: 30:45 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
12 Bar Blues & FormsLesson 21

12 Bar Blues & Forms

After harping on the importance of the 12 bar blues for his entire series, Marcelo finally explains the blues in detail. He covers chord changes, explains different "forms," and even talks about chart...

Length: 7:27 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Shell ChordsLesson 22

Shell Chords

Marcelo shares a tool that is indispensable when jamming with other guitarists. He shows us how shell chords leave room for improvisation and provide a great way to play a steady, simple rhythm through...

Length: 11:44 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Single Finger StrumLesson 23

Single Finger Strum

Marcelo teaches yet another popular rhythm technique for Spanish guitar and applies it to a number of familiar sounding chord progressions.

Length: 22:33 Difficulty: 0.0 Members Only
Horizontal ScalesLesson 24

Horizontal Scales

We spend a great deal of time learning scale positions, but most of the players we know and love use a lot of the horizontal approach. Marcelo explains horizontal playing using four familiar scales and...

Length: 29:22 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Horizontal Playing & IntervalsLesson 25

Horizontal Playing & Intervals

Marcelo takes the scales learned in the previous lessons and applies them to 3rd and 6th intervals. He offers some improvisational ideas that will enhance your creativity!

Length: 14:58 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
La Cita - Melody LessonLesson 26

La Cita - Melody Lesson

By request, Marcelo has returned to teach his song, "La Cita". In this lesson, he will break down the melody line.

Length: 13:56 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
La Cita - Improv LessonLesson 27

La Cita - Improv Lesson

Now that you've learned the melody of "La Cita", it's time to learn the scales to set you on your way to some great improv!

Length: 12:36 Difficulty: 3.5 Members Only
Flues - Phrygian Rumba BluesLesson 28

Flues - Phrygian Rumba Blues

By popular request, Marcelo teaches us his original piece, "Flues". He starts with the chords and melody and ends with ideas and scales for improvisation!

Length: 14:55 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Marcelo Berestovoy

About Marcelo Berestovoy View Full Biography This Latino artist, composer and guitarist, has inspired a new musical trend that he has called “Southern World Music”. This innovative mix of sounds is a blend of the tango from Argentina, flamenco from the south of Spain, and several musical styles from Southern California. Marcelo has done live presentations and recorded with artists like Ricky Martin, Selena, Leon Gieco, Daniela Romo, Sergio Arau and Bebu Silvetti to name a few. In television, he accompanied stars such as Jorge Moreno, Grammy Award winner in 2002 in the “Best New Artist” category. He also composed the song “Gitano Corazon”, recorded by Natalia Oreiro in her album “Tu Veneno”. This album was nominated in the Latino Grammy Award 2001 in the category of “Best Female Pop Album”. He is co-author of the song “One Heart” with Steven Segal, Larry King and Tommy Coster. His musical talent has been shown in movies including “Dirt”, “The Mexican”, “Un Pedazo de Tierra” and “Paulie”. He has participated in television shows, concerts and kick-off parties for movies like “Mission Impossible II” and “The Disapearance of Garcia Lorca”.



Marcelo was born and raised in Argentina. He says he felt a passion for the music since he was about 11 years old when he started to take guitar lessons. His father had a lot of influence in his love for music. Together they used to play the songs that Marcelo wrote. His father always took him to listen to jazz. At this time, listening to jazz gave Marcelo another perspective since he was a rock fanatic. His motivation was first the Beatles and then Charly and Spinetta “the skinny”. Marcelo recalls that by the age of 18, he was playing in different places throughout Buenos Aires, Argentina. He would play four to five nights a week with different groups or to accompany solo singers.

His decision to come to Los Angeles was motivated by his interest in jazz. In 1985, he came to study to GIT and he never returned to Argentina. Marcelo currently lives in Los Angeles, California with his lovely wife and son. He performs live at several local places. In addition to playing the guitar and composing, Marcelo teaches in the “Musicians Institute”, one of the most prestigious in the music world.

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