4 Essential Flamenco Guitar Lessons

Wondering how to play flamenco guitar? These 4 essential flamenco guitar lessons will tell you everything you need to know about flamenco guitar.

In this free guitar lesson you will learn:

  • The no1 strumming secret which enhances musicality and phrasing.
  • 2 chord hacks which will make you sound amazing.
  • 2 must-know flamenco chord progressions.
  • 2 quick & easy flamenco scales. (Complete with tab & audio!)

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Flamenco Guitar Lessons – Understanding Technique

There are some absolutely astounding guitar players in flamenco music. Not only does it look cool, it also sounds fantastic.

Flamenco guitarist Paco Pena uses a ton of different techniques in his playing. He switches between finger style and picked techniques it’s truly phenomenal to watch.

In today’s flamenco guitar lessons we’re going to take a look at some fingerstyle techniques.

Flamenco guitar, is based on fingerstyle technique. To learn the basics of fingerstyle, go here: Fingerstyle Guitar Lessons – 5 Easy Ways To Sound Amazing

Check out this video of Paco Pena, here he demonstates flamenco technique flawlessly.

Flamenco Guitar Lessons – Using Your Index Finger As A Pick

One very common technique which is used by flamenco guitar players, is the use of your index finger to pick the strings.

Let’s learn how to do this killer technique.

Flamenco Guitar Lessons – Downstrokes With Your First Finger

To begin with, we’re just going to be using our right index finger to strum the strings.

When strumming the strings, you must push against the strings with a downward motion, like this:

Notice how I’m using the tip of my nail when I strum, make sure that you’re not too aggressive when you use your nail. Catching your finger nail on the strings can hurt!

Flamenco Guitar Lessons – Upstrokes With Your First Finger

In this next exercise, we’re going to be focusing on using our first finger to strum upwards.

All we have to do here, is drag the fleshy part of our finger up the strings, like this:

Flamenco Guitar Lessons – Downstrokes and Upstrokes With Your First Finger

In this next exercise, we’re going to combine downstrokes and upstrokes. To do this, start with a downstroke and then immediately follow it with a upstroke, like this:

Flamenco Guitar Lessons – The Spanish Flick

As well as using our index finger to strum the strings, we can also introduce our second finger to create a percussive sound.

Check out this technique here:

Now we’ve looked at how to use our index and second finger as a pick, let’s take a look at how we can turn standard guitar chords into flamenco chords.

Flamenco Guitar Lessons – How To Turn Open Chords Into Spanish Chords

Even though we’ve learned how to strum in a flamenco style, currently the chords we’re playing don’t sound very spanish.

Here’s a cool trick which will instantly make your open chords sound like they’re from the heart of spain.

Here it is:

Take any open chord, and move it up 1 fret.

Let’s apply it to a few well known chords.

The E Chord

This is a standard E chord:

Flamenco Guitar Lessons

To learn this chord, go here: 4 Easy Ways To Play The E Chord On Guitar

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