Exploring Flamenco: Petenera and Tangos

About Exploring Flamenco: Petenera and Tangos

Learning two contrasting pieces of music at the same time is a great way to broaden your technical abilities and interpretive skills.

Petenera is a solemn, emotive palo that’s often overlooked by flamenco newcomers. Verses are dramatic and serious, and their melodies have existed in musical styles throughout history long before their adaptation to flamenco. Several South American regions have their own versions of Petenera in folk music, and you can also hear traces of the melody in old Sephardic tunes. Playing Petenera will develop another dimension of your sense of 12-count rhythm and will challenge your interpretive abilities.

Tangos is one of the core flamenco palos and features a lively four-beat rhythm. The palo is often danced at parties and social gatherings, and its mood is festive and upbeat. Note that flamenco Tangos is completely different from the Argentinean form by the same name. Tangos will develop your right-hand rasgueo and alzapua technique and your sense of compás.

You’ll end the course with a collection of compás variations and falsetas for Petenera and Tangos and the knowledge of how to arrange that material into unique solos.

What's Needed


Guitar - nylon strings recommended

Playing Experience

One year of playing experience (any style of guitar) is recommended. Ideally, students will already know basic chord shapes and be able to change chords smoothly. It will help with Tangos if you are comfortable with barre chords.

Less-experienced guitarists are welcome but may find this course overly challenging.

No knowledge of music notation is needed. I’ll teach using a combination of TAB and demonstration.

Class Goals

  • 1. Learn compás (rhythm) and several falsetas for Petenera and Tangos.
  • 2. Arrange your repertoire for both palos into unique solos.
  • 3. Recognize Petenera and Tangos when you hear them.
  • 4. Expand your technical abilities in flamenco guitar, particularly in rasgueo, arpeggio, thumb, and tremolo techniques.
  • 5. Deepen your understanding of flamenco compás in two different styles.
  • 6. Enjoy playing two new palos with flamenco guitar enthusiasts all over the world!

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The class will meet for ten weekly 50-min live online sessions on Sundays at 12 pm ET | 9 am PT | 17:00 UTC on the schedule below. The first session is on January 15.
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Enrolled students receive lifetime access to the video recordings of the classes.

12:00 PM - 12:50 PM EDT
Exploring Flamenco: Arranging Your Solos
Leah Kruszewski

How It Works

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As always, it was a real privilege to be in this group! Leah's teaching style is perfect--so much is covered in each lesson, but never at a pace that's too overwhelming. She has a wonderful sense of where we are, which must be very difficult, as everyone's at a different playing level. We are encouraged to ask questions and to share answers as well as play something if we so choose. Besides all these points, I'd just like to mention how incredibly helpful it is to review the recordings from each week's lesson. I'm really looking forward to the next class, beginning May 1--meanwhile, I've got plenty of material to practice!

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Leah Kruszewski

Leah Kruszewski

Lessonface's 2021 Teacher of the Year for Flamenco and Classical Guitar, Leah loves introducing flamenco guitarists to the rhythms and melodies of southern Spain and guiding classical players as they develop their technique and repertoire.  She also enjoys guiding beginners in Loog, fingerstyle, and acoustic guitar (ages 6 & up, please).

Upcoming Fall Classes: First Guitar Lesson for Kids meets September 3rd ** Exploring Flamenco: Tientos and Sevillanas starts September 10th ** Music Theory for Guitarists starts September 10th ** Beginner 3-String Loog Guitar for Kids starts September 10th ** Build Your Flamenco Technique Routine meets September 23rd

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