Group Course for Beginners
Next Course: October – December 2016
'It's something strange, but I never used to think of myself as playing music. I was living a special kind of life, flamenco.'
– Paco de Lucía
Rhythmic, percussive, melodic, haunting and intensely passionate, the captivating sound of the flamenco guitar is unmistakable. Designed for absolute beginners, Waltons New School of Music's Introducing Flamenco Guitar course provides an extensive introduction to the instrument and its techniques. Topics covered include:
- The basics of holding and playing your instrument
- Left-hand techniques (bars, fast changes, golpe, picado, legato, etc.)
- Right-hand techniques (positions, bringing up voices, etc.)
- Staying in the compas or rhythm of flamenco
- Scales, arpeggios and slurs
- Techniques to achieve speed and dexterity
- Flamenco rhythms (bulerias, alegrias, fandangos, etc.)
- Rasgeado (strumming technique) and alzapua (thumb technique)
- Las palmas (clapping) and las contras (offbeat clapping)
Participating students will need a good quality 'classical' (nylon-string) guitar to bring to class and practice at home. Guitars are available from Waltons music shops and can also be purchased together with the course (see Course + Instrument Package below).
Have you enrolled in this course? See our Introduction Handout for tips on how to get the most from it.
What happens after the course has finished?
Two weeks before the end of each Introducing… course, you will be given options for continuing your tuition at the school. Although a continuation ‘Improvers’ course cannot generally be scheduled on the same day/time as the Introducing course, one can be arranged if enough students would like to continue and your teacher has timetable availability. Students can also continue their tuition with either private (one-to-one) or small group lessons with other class members (see Private, Partner & Small Group Lessons). We are happy to discuss these options with you.
A demonstration of some basic techniques covered in the course:
Flamenco Guitar Basics is one of our group courses for beginners. Private (one-to-one) and one-off 'intensive' lessons in Spanish and flamenco guitar, as well as other guitar styles, are also available. Go to Departments & Faculty – Guitar & Bass for more information.
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Course + Instrument Package
In association with Waltons music shops, the New School also offers a discounted Course + Instrument Package that provides students entering this course who don’t already have instruments with everything they’ll need. The package includes the course plus a high-quality LAG Occitania Classical Guitar Pack (regular price €179), available to pick up from the school office on the day of your first class, for a reduced 'package' price (see below).
You should purchase this Course + Instrument Package at least one week before the first class in order to ensure availability of your instrument and cover before the course begins.
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Comments from Students
'I'm no Paco de Lucia but with this class at least I've taken the first step!'
– P. Tynan
'Fantastic course for anyone interested in this beautiful instrument.'
– R. McKenna
'Angel has given me so much to work with, and I feel that I've got a good grasp now of some essential flamenco techniques.'
– S. Dooley
Have you taken – or are you taking – this course? We would appreciate it if you could take a few moments to give us your feedback in a brief online questionnaire. Each term all feedback questionnaires are entered in a draw for a €50 gift token, which can be used either towards additional tuition at the school or for instruments, sheet music or accessories at Waltons Music shops.
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Miguel Ángel Lejarza, Teacher
Born into a Spanish family in Mexico, Miguel Ángel (‘Angel’) studied at the Conservatorio Nacional de Música in Mexico City and later at the Real Conservatorio Superior de Música in Madrid, continuing his studies of Renaissance and Baroque music at the Schuola Cantorum de Paris, where he graduated with first class honours. He went on to attend masterclasses with José Luis Rodrigo at the Real Conservatorio Superior de Música de Madrid. Angel was five times awarded the Prize of Arts in Mexico by the National Council for Culture and the Arts, and he also won the Mexico Conservatory Competition and the Rachmaninoff Conservatory International Competition in Paris. He was a founder member and head of the Guitar Department at the Conservatorio de Música del Estado de Mexico, has lectured at the Casa de Música de Tlaxcala and the Universidad Iberoamericana of Mexico, and has sat on judging panels for several national and international music festivals. In addition to teaching at the New School for over a decade, Angel has been guest teacher and performer at music festivals in Europe, Asia and the US, and he has recorded four solo albums with the Aulos label.
Angel's flamenco version of Isaac Albéniz's 'Asturias':
Angel’s flamenco version of Joaquin Malats’ ‘Serenata Española’, transcribed by Francisco Tárrega:
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2016-2017 First Term Schedule
10 weeks, 6 October – 15 December 2016
(No class on 3 November – Mid-Term Break)
Thursdays 7 – 8 pm
Course + Instrument & Cover: €325 (package savings: €24)
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Enrolment for this course requires a completed enrolment form and full payment of course fee or course + instrument fee. (Go to Enrolment & Booking Form Downloads for a 2016-2017 General Enrolment Form.) Places are available on a first-come, first-served basis, based on the date of enrolment. Early enrolment is recommended, as places are limited to eight.
Purchasing this course or course + instrument as a gift? Go to Enrolment & Booking Form Downloads for a Gift Certificate Booking Form.
Located in Dublin city centre, Waltons New School of Music is a comprehensive music centre, combining music tuition of the highest standard with innovative approaches to music education. The New School offers tuition in the broadest range of instruments and subjects of any music school in Ireland, for students of all ages, levels and abilities.
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