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FretboardToAsh wrote on Feb 27th, 2014 8:11am

The passing of Paco de Lucia rather struck me upon reading it, in a way I did not expect as I didn't personally know the man. The stories an old friend of mine who did, were nothing but those of a courteous and generous man and family, even at their first meeting as complete strangers. I could waste many words on how much of a tragedy this is for the flamenco culture, guitarists, and music in general, but all of them have been said before and better than I am able to tenfold.

I will miss you Paco, and I regret never having met you other than through your music, which may seem selfish; and the wish to have been able to play for you as you have done so long for all of us may seem vain, if only just to return in some way your gifts to us, must unfortunately go unfulfilled.

Rest well, few have lived their life as full as you have, and few have given as much to the world as you have that has this much worth to me personally. And thank you, for everything.

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ILLcoyote wrote on Oct 8th, 2013 2:46pm

Moraito was a good guitarists..

Hope everyone's been practicing their flamenco still? haha. Thought I'd share this video with you guys, did it a few years ago. It's a Bulerias by Sabicas, I think arranged by Grisha Goryachev in a classical way. Got it transcribed a while ago for everyone to enjoy! Tab is in the link, here is the result to this great song:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BvOtI8i5VZQ

I have a few other tabs of good songs I also tabbed out. Look around my chan for more. Best regards!

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FretboardToAsh wrote on Apr 3rd, 2012 9:34am

As some of you might know, the great Moraito Chico II has passed away due to lung cancer, somewhere over half a year ago, I hadn't time to speak much of it then, but I figured at the very least I should post a little bit about it. A great guitarist whose Bulerias where nothing short of exhilarating. The links below are a tribute concert, and a link to one of his famous Bulerias.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SacvUGzvtPU&feature =related

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c0IjXJRfmDk

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FretboardToAsh wrote on Mar 31st, 2012 1:55pm

A documentary on Paco de Lucia, one of the main figures who did many great things for Flamenco, something well worth watching.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TlIXQ-KqdWU&feature =relmfu

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FretboardToAsh wrote on Jan 4th, 2012 12:17pm

Sadly, news has reached me that Enrique de Melchor, an amazing Flamenco guitarist has passed away. Son of Melchor de Marchena, also a well known guitarist, in love with his instrument like few are, Enrique has pushed the boundaries of Flamenco both solo, and accompanying. A person to remember.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dqOo5gAAPWI&feature =related

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FretboardToAsh wrote on Oct 17th, 2010 12:45pm

So, good news and... well actually no bad news for now I think. Which is good, again.

I will be having a lot more time to write things, which will last a good few years at least, so if I get the spark I will do so. So we can finally move further again a bit. I guess we'll try to work out someway to get the lessons back and up together so we can post them as Articles and get some more attention.

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FretboardToAsh wrote on Oct 3rd, 2010 11:43am

That is exactly what we call Picado, yes. Tremolo is in classical guitar a technique that tries to create the illusion of a constant ongoing note, played with your fingers. And a melody in the bass played with your thumb. That technique is in classical this movement, P-A-M-I and in flamenco P-I-A-M-I.

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Life Is Brutal wrote on Oct 1st, 2010 4:12am

Recently, Ive been doing a single note tremolo with my Index and Middle fingers, Alternating in a fluttering motion. This allows me to tremolo single notes, and ascend scales on a single string very quickly.

Is this any particular technique? I guess I would call it an alternating Picado, but I don't know.

Any input on this?

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FretboardToAsh wrote on Aug 20th, 2010 1:44am

You feel it ;) What it generally comes down to, is that a lot of falsetas are based on others. If you know a lot of "standard" falsetas you'll start recognizing the ones that seem like they are simply part of a song like you have been playing.

And after that it's simply listening to a lot of different Bulerias', once you understand where and how the different parts are played, you can listen and recognize them in other Bulerias'.

Even if they aren't played the same way, or sound and notes are completely different. But listen to a lot of different Bulerias', take 12 beats from the one you have. And start searching the other Bulerias' for parts that sound the same.

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ILLcoyote wrote on Aug 15th, 2010 6:40am

That could help. Sometimes, I think i can find the 12 count, but as far as the beginning goes, i have no idea where ti starts =P

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FretboardToAsh wrote on Aug 15th, 2010 1:43am

I think you've gone a real damn long way there, very good. If I have send you the tapes with rhythm for Bulerias, try playing it with those on the background, and merge the rhythm in your playing even more.

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ILLcoyote wrote on Aug 13th, 2010 7:03pm

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BvOtI8i5VZQ

Finally found myself with a guitar, a cam, and a computer all i one. Recorded how far i got to transcribing that Bulerias I was working on before. The audio and video is pretty bad... but.. it works =P

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FretboardToAsh wrote on Aug 11th, 2010 11:16pm

Actually, now that I think of it. Try playing your normal I-M picado runs as I-A runs instead. Most people's index and ring-finger are of the same length, and that is the same basis behind the A-I-I^ tressillios instead of the M-I-I^ variation.

It's hardly ever used because the shape of the nail on the ringfinger is so much more different most of the time, and there's no even sound to it. However, using it this way for practice is just fine.

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FretboardToAsh wrote on Aug 8th, 2010 3:07am

I can tell you what everyone else would tell you and what you already know yourself as well...

The same old do it slowly crap, pay attention to the beat and timing, speed up, etc. etc. etc, someone shoot me please.

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ILLcoyote wrote on Jul 14th, 2010 10:04am

ive been trying different exercises, i guess i need to strenghten my ring finger more. Also, my i-m-a-m-i-m-a-m-i.. tremolo sucks... so that's my main focus right now. im guessing a weak 'a' finger hepls give a slow, uneven tremolo..

so.. any tips to help me improve? any ex you think might help?

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FretboardToAsh wrote on Jun 17th, 2010 2:12pm

As a side note, I have been working my arse off because I have to, and I dislike it. But I've been heavily pressed on time. And while I'll be able to answer any random questions you throw at me, working on the bloglike things, whatever you wanna call them, just isn't going to get on speed this way.

I may have some more time in the coming months with the vacation coming up, but we'll see what happens. In the meantime, I'll be around. Ask away, send a PM, anything, and I'll answer to the best of my abilities.

Cheers

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FretboardToAsh wrote on Jun 17th, 2010 2:05pm

The uneven feeling is because your fingers tend to be stronger the closer you get towards the thumb. And the stronger the fingers you are using last are, the faster you can play in general.

Working from the strongest finger at start and going to the weaker ones, as in p-i-m-a rather than of the other way around, tends to be a lot harder.

The often to flamenco compared, if not simply thought to be proper flamenco, song called Asturias. Has the same trick in it, and that's pretty much the only hard thing about the song. The fact that you have to use your index finger before the middle finger.

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ILLcoyote wrote on Jun 10th, 2010 9:41pm

towards the end i try a new thing i've never tried before. I'm doing I-M tremolo/picado thing with bass notes added with the thumb. Ive actually never tried that before, need to practice that.. i feel uneven

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ILLcoyote wrote on Jun 10th, 2010 9:34pm

Heya! Thanks for sharing more and more things! Been real lazy with learning new things n whatnot, haven't been able to learn anything new at all haven't played as much either, this job for me good =P Well, I have a new recording to show you guys, it's the latest piece ive transcribed from Grisha =P Check it out on my profile: http://profile.ultimate-guitar.com/ILLcoyote/ should be the 1st one, called "Danza Arabe" by Sabicas

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FretboardToAsh wrote on Mar 20th, 2010 10:46am

Heh, as I expected, text limit again. Good thing I copied my post earlier.

It's seen in here as well, though Paco doesn't do it as clearly. It's in the intro, and further away when they zoom the camera away from him. Can be seen at 2.00 as well.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A3Iq0Qs0GAI

Here you can see Sabicas ever so slightly change the position of his right hand at about 1.05 in the video. Though he doesn't tend to play by turning his wrist but actually with his thumb. Then again, that thumb of his can probably squash small goats when given the chance... that, and noone tells Sabicas he's wrong. Ever.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f2VROY01EAg&feature =related

Here at 3.35 orso you can see him switching every few beats.

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