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An Introduction To Learning Flamenco Guitar

For all us budding flamenco guitar players it's a good idea to understand a little bit about the history and long tradition of the form. This is after all, where all its red blooded passion and fire originates from.

As this page expands I'll be including more and more resources which you should find helpful.

Let's Start At The Beginning

In the late 19th and early 20th centuries the majority of Flamenco guitarists were in fact Spanish Gypsies. They were poor people and learned Flamenco guitar as an expressive art form passed down from one generation to another.

During that time, the construction of Flamenco guitars were often simple to keep costs down however there was still a wide range of prices largely dictated by the kinds of woods used and the amount of decoration. Naturally gypsies were poor and so would buy the cheapest guitars at the time however the features used on those guitars, such as wooden pegs for tuners, were to become what all Flamenco guitars would be eventually known for.

To those who wanted to flamenco it was a right of passage to storytelling and folklore. A means to enjoyment but also to preserving tradition.

In the construction of a typical flamenco guitar there are some time honoured practices which have survived the test of time and are still as valid today as they were 100 years ago. This is certainly true of the woods used to make Spanish guitars and if you ever get the chance to visit Madrid you could visit one of the most famous builders - Ramírez Guitars, here is their website.

Where To Buy "Real" Flamenco Guitars

See an entire list of places in Spain here where you can buy high quality flamenco guitars hand-made in the old tradition.

Flamenco Guitar Players

Paco Peña

Paco de Lucía

Carlos Montoya