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Marcelo Berestovoy

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 the right and left hand techniques to both the Phrygian and Phrygian Dominant modes.

Taught by Marcelo Berestovoy in Flamenco & Spanish Guitar seriesLength: 43:30Difficulty: 3.0 of 5


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Brig07Brig07 replied on September 18th, 2014

Marcelo you re such a great teacher! Can you teach us to play therancheras strumming ? Mariachi guitar?

tomerhertztomerhertz replied on September 16th, 2014

simply beautiful...i am sure i'm speaking not only for my self by asking this great teacher and player, if you could keep us speechless by expanding this series. ps :i've just joined jamplay, and i cant seem to stop watching

jnowlinjnowlin replied on October 3rd, 2013

Phrygian Dominant is the 5th mode of Harmonic Minor. I think he said Natural Minor at first by mistake. I'm loving this series, Marcelo is really one of the best!

Marcelo1Marcelo1 replied on December 20th, 2013

you're right! :)

woodmaniacwoodmaniac replied on July 12th, 2013

Thanks Marcelo for this excellant lesson- You are the best

michiganbluesmichiganblues replied on July 6th, 2013

awasome lesson. Marcelo is an excellent communicator and teacher, hope we can get him for additional seriess.

Marcelo1Marcelo1 replied on May 23rd, 2012

The delays are all my fault! but I'm catching up!!!

xavier2011xavier2011 replied on May 6th, 2012

thanks for the info Chris, and by the way, I don't know who is responsible for the lesson, but this Marcelos' series is one of my favorites, I hope you guys keep such a good job! Thanks again!

Chris.LiepeChris.Liepe replied on May 4th, 2012

Hey everyone, the completed Supplemental Content will be up shortly. The exercises are available now for you to work through but the end song example will be up soon. Sorry for the delay!

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.



Lesson 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
Lesson 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 FREE
Lesson 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
Lesson 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
Lesson 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
Lesson 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
Lesson 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
Lesson 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
Lesson 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
Lesson 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
Lesson 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
Lesson 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
Lesson 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
Lesson 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
Lesson 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
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
Lesson 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
Lesson 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
Lesson 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
Lesson 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
Lesson 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
Lesson 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
Lesson 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
Lesson 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
Lesson 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
Lesson 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
Lesson 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
Lesson 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

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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