Easy Flamenco for Beginning Guitarists
About Easy Flamenco for Beginning Guitarists With Leah Kruszewski
Flamenco guitar is a folk art from southern Spain that traditionally goes hand-in-hand with flamenco dance and singing. The solo guitar style is often difficult for beginners because of demanding chord shapes and right-hand techniques. This course is different - it’s especially designed to be accessible for new guitarists (brand new beginner through intermediate beginner welcome!).
We’ll focus on the most basic elements of guitar playing in the context of flamenco. You’ll learn how to develop proper technique and practice habits from day one. We’ll steer clear of barre chords, difficult left-hand stretches, and complex right-hand mechanisms, all of which can be stumbling blocks for new guitarists. The fundamentals taught in this course will prepare you well for further studies in classical, fingerstyle, or more flamenco as you continue your guitar journey.
Outcome 1: Students will learn the fundamentals of guitar technique such as left-hand positioning, chords and chord changes, arpeggios, and playing melodies.
Outcome 2: Students will gain an understanding of how flamenco works as a genre and guitar style, as well as a bit of flamenco culture and history.
Outcome 3: Students will learn four simple solo pieces in the flamenco syles (‘palos’) Solea, Malagueña, Guajira, and Farruca.
Outcome 4: Students will finish the course well-prepared to continue their guitar studies in any genre they want - classical, fingerstyle, acoustic, or more flamenco.
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 a microphone. This live online class is capped at 20 students. The class is covered by the Lessonface Guarantee.
The first half of this course will be offered from January 17 through March 21, 2021
Class will meet at 1:30 pm EDT | 10:30 am PDT | 18:30 UTC.
Class Schedule and Topics:
Enrolled students receive lifetime access to the video recordings of the classes.
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Guitar - nylon strings strongly recommended
Capo - important!
No playing experience required. This course is designed for beginners. Intermediate players curious about flamenco music and the fundamentals guitar technique are welcome, too.
Leah is a totally professional highly qualified flamingo guitar instructor. I just finished 12 sessions with her. She always has a bright smile, and caring way about herself. Her focus is your improvement. Her focus is your development. Her focus is your Learning. Her focus is on you. She is truly a Maestro of Flamenco Guitar.
Leah is an excellent teacher with an organized approach that helps navigate the vast world of flamenco. She was clear and very patient with ensuring the material is understood.
I had an amazing learning experience in Leah’s Flamenco Palos class during the 12 weeks program. Each class was dedicated to one Palo. It started slow for me but in 3rd week, it quickly developed into “highlight of the week” on Sunday afternoon. The two-page handouts, sent before each class, were expertly prepared consisting of introduction of the Palo, its origin, music structures, compás, chords and the suggested You Tube links from Flamenco Masters. Second page contained the music. But don’t get fooled by the seemingly simplistic tabs. There were plenty of challenges requiring solid techniques to play well. Leah demonstrated not only her vast knowledge in Flamenco music also her impeccable guitar skills. She was enthusiastic, passionate and accommodating in teaching and always willing to go extra miles to allow ample opportunity for questions. Highly recommend this course to others. You will NOT be disappointed.