Mateo’s Musings: Studying Flamenco Guitar
I have studied with several wonderful flamenco guitarists along the way; but I have to say that Aquilino Jimenez, el Entri, has a most effective method of teaching and I recommend him 100%. His could be called the “School of Canyarroto”(the Gypsy barrio of Madrid) and has produced many great guitarists: Ramon Jimenez, Viejin, Jesus de Rosario plus the late Manzanita (a favorite of mine!) as well as the legendary el Nani. And there are a good number of up and coming monsters, too.
At el Entri’s suggestion, and with his blessing, I seek to run my Sunday flamenco technique class precisely as he does his. It is intense. It is difficult, uncompromising and somewhat relentless. It also gets huge results. Unfortunately, I find it is a little too much so for many American aficionados—they seem to prefer private study to the group setting. It saddens me because I love teaching this class and I love playing along with everyone and I especially love sharing all his insights and inspirations. I INVITE GUITARISTS OF ALL LEVELS TO CHECK OUT THIS OPPORTUNITY!!! Feel free to contact me through the website ([email protected]) for more info.
I have come to see that many guitarists lack two skills essential to guitar progress: knowing how to PRACTICE and knowing how to MEMORIZE. I really want to share some ideas about these aspects. I am delighted at input from readers, by the way.