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)

Class Goals

  • - 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.

Age Range

Adults

Skill Level

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.


$179.00
Space is limited. Enroll now to reserve your spot.

When

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.
(Convert to my time zone)

Enrolled students receive lifetime access to the video recordings of the classes.

May
9th
12:30 PM - 1:30 PM EDT
Rhythm and Rasgueos: 1. Rasgueo basics
Leah Kruszewski
May
16th
12:30 PM - 1:30 PM EDT
Rhythm and Rasgueos: 2. Four-stroke rasgueos (sixteenth notes beginning on the beat)
Leah Kruszewski
May
23rd
12:30 PM - 1:30 PM EDT
Rhythm and Rasgueos: 3. Four-stroke rasgueos (ending on the beat)
Leah Kruszewski
May
30th
12:30 PM - 1:30 PM EDT
Rhythm and Rasgueos: 4. Three-stroke rasgueos with fingers (ending on the beat)
Leah Kruszewski
Jun
6th
12:30 PM - 1:30 PM EDT
Rhythm and Rasgueos: 5. Three-stroke rasgueos with whole hand
Leah Kruszewski
Jun
13th
12:30 PM - 1:30 PM EDT
Rhythm and Rasgueos: 6. Five-stroke rasgueos
Leah Kruszewski
Jun
20th
12:30 PM - 1:30 PM EDT
Rhythm and Rasgueos: 7. Rhythm exercises and review
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.

Book 1:1 online lessons with Leah Kruszewski on their Lessonface profile.

Leah Kruszewski

Leah Kruszewski

Now enrolling in two group classes beginning Sunday May 9th!  Rhythm and Rasgueos for All Guitarists is for guitarists of any style looking to improve their right hand technique and sense of timing.  Exploring Bulerias (Flamenco Guitar) will introduce guitarists to the flamenco style of Bulerias.  See class pages to learn more and sign up!

Leah loves introducing flamenco guitarists to the rhythms and melodies of southern Spain and guiding classical players as they develop their technique and repertoire.  Based in Seville Spain, Leah is a native of Richmond Virginia, where she studied classical guitar at Virginia Commonwealth University.   In Richmond, Leah performed ...

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