Rhythm and Rasgueos for All Guitarists
About Rhythm and Rasgueos for All Guitarists
Rasgueo (pronounced ras-kay-oh, also written ‘rasgueado’) is a rhythmic strumming technique produced by extending right hand fingers one at a time. Rasgueos are one of flamenco’s trademark sounds, but they can serve and inspire guitarists of any genre. From a technical standpoint, basic rasgueo technique balances out your right hand by developing the extensor muscles. Rhythmically, studying rasgueos will help your sense of pulse, subdivisions, and accents. Musically, well-placed and properly-executed rasgueos can enliven songs of any genre (songwriter, rock, folk, classical, etc.) and help you drive home peaks in intensity.
In this course, you’ll learn several types of rasgueos commonly used in flamenco. Each week I’ll introduce you to one type of rasgueo, demonstrate how to practice and refine it, and teach a musical example that features it. With a modest repertoire of rasgueos, you’ll strengthen your right hand technique and gain a new reserve of tools to spice up your music.
Class Materials Needed
Guitar - nylon strings recommended
Metronome or metronome app (nothing special - just a click at a steady beat)
- - Learn to play the most common types of rasgueos and understand how to use them rhythmically and musically.
- - Strengthen your right-hand technique.
- - Deepen your understanding of rhythm, subdivisions, and accents.
- - Sample flamenco guitar repertoire that features the rasgueos we study.
- Spice up the music of your choice with ear-catching percussive techniques.
One year of playing experience (any style) is recommended. Ideally, students will already know basic chord shapes and be able to change chords smoothly. Being comfortable with (or at least tolerant of) barre chords will help.
Beginning guitarists are welcome but may find parts of this course very challenging.
No knowledge of music notation is needed. I’ll teach by a combination of TAB and demonstration.
No prior knowledge of (or deep interest in) flamenco music is needed. I’ll use traditional flamenco repertoire to provide musical examples of the rasgueos we learn and will explain a few basics you’ll need to understand them. But we’ll focus more on rhythm and technique than on flamenco music.
Watch To Learn More
Not sure what rasgueos sound like? Here’s a sample in this video.
The class will meet for ten weekly 60-min live online sessions at 12:30 pm ET | 9:30 am PT | 16:00 UTC on the schedule below. The first session is on May 9.
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Enrolled students receive lifetime access to the video recordings of the classes.
How It Works
Students can connect to the online platform using a tablet or computer with reliable internet. To actively participate online students also need a webcam with microphone. The class is covered by the Lessonface Guarantee.
Neil G. on May 9, 2021
exciting and challenging new tools. Looking forward to the next class.
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Leah loves introducing flamenco guitarists to the rhythms and melodies of southern Spain and guiding classical players as they develop their technique and repertoire. Now enrolling in fall group courses 'Exploring Flamenco Guitar: Fandangos and Tarantos' and 'Music Theory for Guitarists Part 2' and in the ongoing weekly class 'Spanish Fingerstyle Guitar'.
Based in Seville Spain, Leah is a native of Richmond Virginia, where she studied classical guitar at Virginia Commonwealth University. In Richmond, Leah performed extensively as a soloist and in classical and world music ensembles. She founded and led a flamenco-inspired ensemble and co-directed and performed in ...
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