Exploring Flamenco: Seguiriyas and Alegrias

About Exploring Flamenco: Seguiriyas and Alegrias

Learning two contrasting pieces of music at the same time is a great way to broaden your technical abilities and interpretive skills. Seguiriyas and Alegrias are about as contrasting as you can get in flamenco palos.

Seguiriyas is an intense, tragic, and mournful palo. Melodies are simple and soulful, and rasgueos are harsh and powerful. The compás of Seguiriyas is in a unique rhythm that can be counted in 12 or in 5. To pull off Seguiriyas successfully, you’ll learn to access a new level of intensity in your guitar playing.

Alegrias, on the other hand, is one of flamenco's most cheerful and festive palos. Dancers wear vibrant colors and communicate energy and celebration with their steps. Lyrics are cheerful and sing of love, happiness, and often praise of Cádiz, the southern coastal city where the palo originated.

You’ll end the course with a collection of compás variations and falsetas for Seguiriyas and Alegrias and we’ll cover how to arrange your repertoire into unique guitar solos.

This class is limited to 20 students.

What's Needed


Guitar - nylon strings recommended

Playing Experience

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 barre chords will help.

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

  • - Learn compás (rhythm) and several falsetas for Alegrias and Seguiriyas
  • - Arrange your compás and falsetas into unique solos
  • - Recognize Alegrias and Seguiriyas when you hear them
  • - Expand your technical abilities in flamenco guitar, particularly in rasgueo, picado, and arpeggio techniques
  • - Deepen your understanding of flamenco compás in two different rhythms
  • Enjoy playing two new palos with flamenco guitar enthusiasts all over the world!

Age Range


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The class will meet for ten weekly 60-min live online sessions on Sundays at 11:30 am ET | 8:30 am PT | 15:00 UTC on the schedule below. The first session is on May 1.
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Enrolled students receive lifetime access to the video recordings of the classes.

11:30 AM - 12:30 PM EDT
Exploring Flamenco: Seguiriyas and Alegrias - 10. Arranging Your Solos
Leah Kruszewski

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.

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Leah Kruszewski

Leah Kruszewski

Multi-year 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).

Ami S. on March 21, 2022
Class: Music Theory for Everyday Guitarists 1

This class was worth every moment! Leah is so knowledgeable and covers an impressive amount of material in this course. My musicianship was taken up several levels by the material in her course. I highly recommend any interested guitar player to roll up your sleeves and check out this value-packed class.

Verified Student on March 20, 2022
Class: Loog Guitar for New Musicians - Loog Level Zero

Leah was AMAZING!!!

Jack B. on March 20, 2022
Class: Exploring Flamenco: Farruca and Guajira

Very informative and a challenge for me

Eric F. on March 20, 2022
Class: Exploring Flamenco: Farruca and Guajira

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!

Lou D. on March 20, 2022
Class: Exploring Flamenco: Farruca and Guajira

As always, lessons with Leah are great, well explained and technically challenging. Since I've been taking lessons with Leah, my guitar playing has improved greatly.

Eric F. on September 26, 2021
Class: Exploring Flamenco: Fandangos de Huelva and Tarantos

This was a fantastic lesson today! Leah's pace was just right for my playing ability--she want slowly enough so that I could keep up and yet not too slowly, thus keeping things challenging. I like the way she always demonstrates how to play things in a basic way and then shows us a "fancier" more musically interesting way to play it. Very much looking forward to next class!

Hayes D. on July 27, 2021
Class: Spanish Fingerstyle Guitar with Leah Kruszewski

Leah is very attentive. She gives you multiple chances to understand what she`s talking about. She gives examples at the beginning of the class, explains how to do what she is teaching, takes questions, excepts different interpretations and points of view, and gives students a chance to play. She also gives examples at the end, first playing slowly, and then faster, so that we really get to hear the piece and appreciate its potential. Thanks Leah!

Neil G. on May 11, 2021
Class: Rhythm and Rasgueos for All Guitarists

exciting and challenging new tools. Looking forward to the next class.

Liga V. on March 20, 2021
Class: Spanish Fingerstyle Guitar with Leah Kruszewski

My son has been taking group lesson since January and is having a lot of fun learning a new song every week. Thanks so much for this opportunity!

Liga V. on February 17, 2021
Class: Spanish Fingerstyle Guitar with Leah Kruszewski

Wonderful class. Teacher slowly explains the song and my son is able to learn it. Thanks so much!

Verified Student on April 13, 2022
Class: Exploring Flamenco: Seguiriyas and Alegrias


Verified Student on July 5, 2022

Interesting with new palos, which will require more work to incorporate into my learning

Paul M. on July 6, 2022

Really good with a lot of new and challenging pieces to learn. All were explained and taught thoroughly and access to the videos is very helpful

Jarek on July 6, 2022

Great, challenging, sometimes, but fun. highly recommended!

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