Curiosities of the Flamenco Guitar

A teacher once said: the main thing is the cante, and the guitar is born to sweeten it, just as the dance unites the two artistically. The first musical element for all flamenco artists is always the voice, the poetry of flamenco, and the mystery that the words enclose within the encrypted lyrics. The flamenco guitar is the successor of the peculiar Castilian guitar, to which, among other things, the strings are tighter to sound the strum.

It was in the middle of the 19th century when flamenco shows, today is known as tablao flamenco, were born in Spain; the traditional tablao show was in the beginning part of a variety shows where the gypsies began what years later would be the tablaos. At this time, Torres, in Almería, begins to design a new guitar capable of dealing with dance and, at the same time, sweet enough to accompany the voice.

The primitive flamenco songs are not usually accompanied by guitar; of course, there were string instruments in the ancient culture of the Iberian Peninsula, such as the Oud. Still, musicians did not tune in the same way we adjust the guitar today, so the music of the low Middle Ages in the peninsula would sound strange or even unpleasant for our tastes today.

In the last 60 years, thanks to the influence of other types of music that have entered Spain, such as Jazz, the guitar has been enriched by new voices and flamenco chords that stimulate singing and dancing at flamenco shows. In addition, new percussion sounds have also been added to the performances due to their similarity to the strums of the flamenco guitar.

I like to mix the sound of the nylon strings in my flamenco events with the sound synthesizers; I have some of these songs in my online flamenco shows. If you want to listen to my new art form and sound before getting the tickets online, I invite you to listen to my albums:


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