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New flamenco is a term I use for the style of music like Gipsy Kings and Ottmar Liebert. Other terms that have been used for this music are new world flamenco, nuevo flamenco, Nouveau Flamenco (termed by Ottmar Liebert), and new age world fusion spanish guitar music (that was a mouth full).
Other artist known for this style include Jesse Cook, Al Marconi, Johannes Linstead, Govi, Strunz and Farah, Armik, Benise, Oscar Lopez…and so many other excellent artists that I couldn’t possibly name them all.
I created this simple song using a flamenco rumba style of rhythm and a fairly typical chord progression. I’m using this tune to teach the basic elements of playing the style of music. It includes a flamenco chord progression, flamenco rumba strum, and a new flamenco style melody.
This lesson does assume that you know how to play basic chords and bar chords.
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How To Play Spanish Guitar New Flamenco Gipsy Kings style – Lesson #1
Hi there! I’m Thomas Michaud. Welcome to my Spanish and New Flamenco Guitar Series that was about fall. In this series, I’m going to start off by showing you simple little tune that created just for this and it has several different elements that I wanna teach you. I’m going to play for you so you can hear what we’re aiming at and then in the lessons to come, we will break it down. I will show you the chord progression, the rhythm and the melody and we will put altogether. Here we go…
So that’s what we’re aiming at. It’s really a fairly simple progression. Let’s start off with that after chord progression, its four chords. The first chord is the B minor, you’re gonna need the bar chord for that so that’s the bar across the second fret and then you’re making some form as A minor that’s the second finger there on the second string third fret. My third finger stretches over, that’s the fourth string fourth fret and the pinky in between on the fourth fret also but on the third string, it could make that chord. Let’s see if you get all the notes sounding. Don’t worry if it’s not perfect yet. What do you think? Sound good.
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I’ll show you the second chord. The second chord is in A but I’m adding something to the A in case you noticed I like to make the A here with my first finger across the second fret on both the fourth string and the third string and then my second finger is playing the second string on the second fret and then I got my pinky free to play on the third string fourth fret. Listen to this chord, beautiful so you can all tune it. You can play A and then (strumming). Can you tell me what note that is? The B note, it’s actually the ninth of the chord — A B — A B. Ironically, it’s the same note as the second and I would call this A add 2 so you can start for just the A and progress to playing it with that pinky so listen to those two chords, B minor — could play the B minor, see if the notes sounds good and now going for the A (4:04).
Third chord is a G. I’m fingering with the G with my third finger on the third fret sixth string and on that fifth string my first finger, I know that — it’s a little different from fingering but trust me, there’s a good reason for it. So it’s a little sounding G and I’ll give you a tip. The reason I finger that way ’cause I used my second finger from time to time. We’ll get more than that in the next video. You hear that? For now, just worry about the G and then the final chord is an F sharp, it’s a major chord and I’m actually releasing that high E string and the B string so you make a very exotic chord like a good Flamenco chord. So it’s not really a bar, you see I’m playing my first finger on the second fret sixth string. I’m making that same E form up to frets with my third finger on the fourth fret fifth string. The pinky next to it on the fourth fret fourth string and then that second finger on the third fret third string so in the base notes the F sharp by the second fret. This chord alone is worth the price of practicing this video. Please spend some time playing around this chord so B minor, A, G and F sharp, that’s chord progression
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