in Acton W3
When people say that the best place to learn flamenco is in Spain there is some truth but they are not giving you the full picture. Firstly, you need to spend time specifically in towns and villages where flamenco is part of the culture such as Jerez, Sevilla, Granada, Cadiz, Algeciras, Utrera, Moron, Cordoba. Madrid and Barcelona are also a good alternatives. Secondly, you need to find a good teacher that is like finding a needle in a haystack! Thirdly you need to practise! Can you learn flamenco if you are based in London? The answer is yes. If you find a good teacher, watch flamenco on YouTube, go to flamenco events and practise daily you will become an accomplished guitarist. You can always decide to go to Spain once you know what you are doing! London has a small flamenco scene with dancers guitarists and singers. It also has many guests artists that spend short periods of time performing and teaching in London. Therefore, focus on understanding how to administrate you time, money and resources then start your journey to success!
There are many different teaching methods and some more effective than others. My methodology has developed consistently through years of experience, research and development. I am fortunate to have taught students who have become professional musicians, others who are now good friends. I assess the student, observe his strengths and weaknesses. I will then meticulously correct his guitar technique ranging from body posture to hand position, relaxation, concentration, breathing and awareness. We build a repertoire of falsetas from traditional to modern covering most techniques used in flamenco guitar. The aim is to give students the tools to perform confidently and to be respected as professional flamenco guitarists.
My teaching repertoire ranges from original compositions to music by guitarists such as Antono Rey, Vicente Amigo and Paco De Lucia, Sabicas and Ramon Montoya. Rhythms including solea, bulerias, tangos, farruca, guajira, seguiriya. I will focus on the following flamenco techniques:
I will share my knowledge helping you become an accomplished flamenco guitarist regardless of your age. As long as you have ambition, time to practise and you are ready to take on board constructive advice, you will improve dramatically!
I hold regular individual guitar tuition for beginners, intermediate and advance student. Classes can be recorded with audio or video devices and music is transcribed in Tablature or Notation. For students that would like to join a group course that is excellent value for money I would suggest the group course in the CityLit, London.