Kirk's Weekly Guitar Lesson: Phony Flamenco

Hello again, fellow guitar buff. I trust your week went well.

This week I've done another 'phony Flamenco' lesson. I say phony because I wouldn't presume to know anything but the basics of this wonderful style of music and I certainly wouldn't want to insult anyone who does know the finer points. However, it uses the same 12 notes as all other music, and some of it is so familiar sounding to our ears that it's fun to be able to at least fake it.

This lesson looks at La Malaguena, a very well known piece that is almost the 'default' Flamenco, Spanish Guitar tune. You'll recognize it instantly. It's based around a simple chord progression and is not that difficult o get your fingers around.

Check it out at Guitar for Beginners and Beyond.

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Read all about it here, and you can listen to my brand of guitar playing here, if you're curious.

That's it for this week!

Cheers, happy twanging,


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