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Flamenco Guitar Basics

A Group Course for Intermediate Students

‘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

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

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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.

Flamenco Guitar Basics is one of the New School’s group courses. We also offer private guitar lessons in a range of genres for students of all ages and skill levels. See Guitar • Bass • Ukulele Tuition for more information.

Miguel Ángel Lejarza

Miguel Angel LejarzaBorn 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 Interpretation 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 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

‘Angel is a fantastic, supportive teacher, and I learned a lot over just ten weeks.’
– D. Pitt

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

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2018-2019 Third Term Course Schedule & Fee

Not offered in our Third Term.


Enrolment for this course requires a completed Enrolment Form and full payment of the course fee. Places are limited to eight, and are available on a first-come, first-served basis, based on the date of enrolment. A number of our group courses fill in advance of their start dates, and early enrolment is recommended.


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