Waltons New School of Music - Flamenco Guitar Basics Course

Flamenco Guitar Basics

Group Course for Intermediate Students

Next course starts 26 January 2017.

'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


Course Description

Rhythmic, percussive, melodic, haunting and intensely passionate, the captivating sound of the flamenco guitar is unmistakable. Taught by a renowned flamenco performer and teacher, Waltons New School of Music’s Flamenco Guitar Basics course provides an extensive introduction to the flamenco form and some essential flamenco guitar techniques. Over the course of ten weeks, the following topics will be covered:

  • 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)

Although this course is an introduction to flamenco guitar, it is not a course for guitar beginners and participants should have at least a year’s guitar playing experience. Nylon-string Spanish or classical guitars are required for use in the course. (These can be purchased from Waltons Music shops at special discounts for New School students.)

A demonstration of some basic techniques covered in the course:

Flamenco Guitar Basics is one of our group courses for intermediate students. 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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 Comments from Students

'Fantastic course for anyone interested in this beautiful instrument.'
– R. McKenna

'I'm no Paco de Lucia but with this class at least I've taken the first step!'
– P. Tynan

'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, where he took masterclasses with José Luis Rodrigo. He went on to study Renaissance and Baroque music at the Schuola Cantorum de Paris, where he graduated with first class honours. 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 on Early Music, Modern Guitar and Philosophy of Musical Inter-pretation at the Casa de Musica 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 since 1999, Angel has been a guest teacher and performer at music festivals in Europe, Asia and the US, and he has recorded four solo guitar 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 Second Term Course Schedule & Fee

10 weeks, 26 January – 6 April 2017
(No class on 23 February – Mid-Term Break)
Thursdays 7 – 8 pm

Tuition Fee: €170

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Enrolment for this course requires a completed Enrolment Form and full payment of the tuition fee. 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 as a gift? Please complete 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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