Flamenco for Beginning Guitarists

About Flamenco for Beginning Guitarists

Flamenco is a passionate and fiery music that evolved in southern Spain (Andalucia). The flamenco guitar initially served as an accompaniment tool for singing and dance and gradually evolved into a complex solo instrument of its own. Learning flamenco is a terrific way to explore the basics elements of guitar-playing in a unique and inspiring musical context.

In this workshop we’ll go over five core techniques used in flamenco guitar. You’ll learn the proper way to execute the technique and a musical exercise for each one. This course is especially designed to be accessible for new guitarists. You’ll learn how to develop proper technique and practice habits from day one. 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.

Class Materials Needed

Guitar - nylon strings recommended

Class Goals

  • Learn basic exercises to develop five fundamental guitar techniques:
  • 1. Rasgueos (flamenco strumming)
  • 2. Flamenco thumb technique
  • 3. Arpeggios
  • 4. Picado (melodies)
  • 5. Alzapua (flamenco thumb strumming)

Age Range


Skill Level

No playing experience required. This class is designed for brand new beginners Intermediate players curious about flamenco music and the fundamentals of guitar technique are welcome, too. No knowledge of music notation is needed. I’ll teach how to read TAB at the beginning of class. We’ll learn using a combination of TAB and demonstration.

Exploring Flamenco Class Series begins June 4th

Details coming soon.

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Join Flamenco for Beginning Guitarists for Free

This class will be offered on July 9 as part of LESSONFEST, our weeklong festival of free classes and activities.

Enroll above for free and we will send you the link to join.


Single 45-min session on Tuesday, July 9, at 1 pm ET | 10 am PT | 17:00 UTC.

Enrolled students receive lifetime access to the video recording of the class.

1:00 PM - 1:45 PM EDT
Flamenco for Beginning Guitarists
Leah Kruszewski

How It Works

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Students Say

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!

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!

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

exciting and challenging new tools. Looking forward to the 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!

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!

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 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!

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

Very informative and a challenge for me

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

Leah was AMAZING!!!

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 April 13, 2022
Class: Exploring Flamenco: Seguiriyas and Alegrias


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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).

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