Farruca: Your Entryway to Flamenco Guitar
Learn how to play the flamenco form Farruca with step-by-step guidance and demonstrations of this exciting Spanish guitar form in various keys. If you're just getting started with flamenco, Farruca is the BEST form to start with!
Want to get started playing flamenco but don't know where to start?
Get all the essentials you need to start playing flamenco guitar as you learn the basic rhythmic and harmonic elements of the farruca form. Learn at your own pace with helpful tutorials and demonstrations, fully-notated sheet music in guitar tablature and standard notation, and tons of practice aids. Each guitar tab PDF comes with an incredibly helpful scrolling tablature play-along video with metronome to help you get the most out of your practice time!Play FARRUCA Now
Your Flamenco Springboard
Start A Lifetime Of Flamenco Discovery
When you can play and understand Farruca you can:
- Start internalizing the common chord patterns and techniques found in most flamenco guitar music.
- Build on what you've learned by adding more embellishments and falsetas
- Entertain yourself and your friends by playing some of the most sophisticated music in the world.
- Start learning and playing more complicated flamenco forms like Alegrías, Soleá and Bulerías.
Yes, It Really Is Possible!
Anyone can play flamenco guitar with the proper guidance, support and learning materials!PLAY FARRUCA
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What's Included In This Flamenco Mini-Course
WHAT YOU'LL LEARN
Welcome to my mini-course on this beautiful flamenco form!
Farruca is one of the most accessible flamenco forms and therefore a great one to start with if you're just getting into flamenco. In this mini-course you will learn:
- To understand and play the building blocks of the flamenco form Farruca
- To play the Farruca "compás" in the keys of A minor and E minor
- How to play an excerpt from a Sabicas farruca using rasgueo, picado and arpeggio techniques
- A full A minor Farruca study to develop our skills
HERE WE GO
Let's get started learning the basic chords and basic rhythm of Farruca.
If you know a few open chords, you're ready to start playing Farruca. In this module we learn:
- The meaning of the term "compás" in flamenco
- The essential Farruca chords in the key of A minor
- How to understand and count the basic rhythm of Farruca
- How to play a traditional concluding phrase for Farruca that will make you instantly sound "flamenco"
When you're done with the module, you'll be able to place accents correctly, switch chords at the right time, include a melodic variation inside the chords, and play a traditional Farruca conclusion.
Farruca with a darker flavor
Although many traditional Farrucas are played in the key of A minor, another very common key for verruca (and for guitar in general) is the key of E minor. This key allows us to have a deeper and darker sound for the main (tonic) chord of the song. In this lesson you'll learn:
- How to transpose the chords you learned in the previous Farruca into a new key
- How the "embellishments" of the first Farruca would be modified in this key to fit the scale
- The "flamenco way" of fingering a very common guitar chord
- Play-along practice to get the rhythm and chords right
A lot of Spanish guitar music – not just Flamenco – you will find composed in the key of E minor because it maximizes our use of open strings. This lesson has given us the basic elements that we need to play an excerpt from a great Farruca in E minor by the maestro Sabicas coming up in the next module.
FLAMENCO SOLO PIECES
An Actual Flamenco Solo from one of the Masters
In this module we dive into a doable excerpt of "Con Salero y Garbo." You'll get step-by-step instruction as you learn:
- How to play a "falseta" using the picado technique
- How to incorporate percussive techniques like the "golpe" to augment the Farruca
- How to best combine rasgueo, arpeggio and picado techniques for maximum clarity
Now you're on your way to playing some of the greatest guitar music ever written. In this next module I have a way to take what you've learned and your newfound skills to the Farruca form.
A COMPLETE STUDY
Play a Full Farruca That Will Hone Your Rasgueo, Arpeggio, and Picado Skills
Throughout my decades of teaching guitar and flamenco, I have noticed certain specific challenges a majority of students have. I composed this Farruca solo so that students can work on a variety of techniques while still staying squarely in this essential flamenco form. Some of the techniques this study will address:
- Picado, index and middle rest stroke alternation
- 4 types of rasgueo, from the simple index stroke to quintuplet rasgueo
- Legato techniques for the left hand
- The reverse arpeggio with thumb bass movement
Once you have this down you'll use the play-along practice video with metronome to increase your speed and clarity, preparing you for more advanced flamenco pieces.
The Next Steps
Once you can play and understand the Farruca form, there is another form in 4/4 time you should move to next before moving on to more difficult forms like Alegrías and Bulerías.
PDFs, TABS, PRACTICE VIDEOS AND ADVANCED SOLOS
Practice Aids and FULL Farruca Solos from Sabicas
Hone your flamenco guitar skills as you develop and build on what you've learned with tons of play-along practice aids including full traditional farruca. In this resource module, you get:
- Farruca in A minor and E minor PDFs and play-along videos
- An excerpt from a Sabicas E minor farruca
- A full A minor Farruca study with PDF and play-along practice video. Includes arpeggio and picado falsetas and rasgueo variations for practice
- 2 outstanding advanced farruca compositions by Sabicas with play-along videos: Punta y Tacon and Con Salero y Garbo
You’ll finish this course with an actual nylon string repertoire to call your own, a technique foundation that will pay off for years to come, and a constantly updated database of practice material for you to continually develop and refine your newfound skills.
This Flamenco Guitar Course Is For You If...
- You need quality instruction with clear and easy-to-follow guidance, demonstrations and explanations.
- You're a Fingerstyle, Classical, or Latin jazz guitarist who is looking for new music to add to your repertoire
- You aren't a strong sightreader or cannot read music, and you need a play-along video to guide you
- You want to have a solid flamenco form under you belt before moving on to more advanced flamenco guitar
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NICE TO MEET YOU
I'm Scot Taber
I started playing guitar at age 12 after my best friend brought home an electric guitar. At that point I had somehow assumed the "regular people" weren't allowed to play the guitar, that was something "people on TV" did. I had studied the trumpet and piano and so was already a "musician" in a sense, but it wasn't until I picked up a guitar that I truly found my calling.
My first teacher introduced me to all kinds of guitar styles, from rock and jazz to classical and flamenco, and it wasn't long before I was performing for flamenco dancers and teaching my own guitar students by age 17. In my ongoing career as a performing musician and educator I have played countless gigs and taught thousands of students in person, online, and through YouTube tutorials.
Over the years I've encountered an incredibly broad range of students with diverse learning styles and interests, and decided to take my experience with anticipating the problems and pitfalls students are likely to have when learning certain materials, as well as the learning materials and methods I've developed, and fashion them into a suite of courses that will be both accessible and challenging to guitar students of all levels.
"The Ultimate Nylon String Guitar Guide covers it all. After only 2 months I’m already playing real music and impressing my wife!"
- Mark Bayer
"I have always wanted to play the Spanish guitar. Scot's course gave me the tools to improve in a logical way, and the songs are great."
- Stefan Moubayed
"As an advanced guitarist I find Scot's method of teaching thorough and substantive. I've corrected many bad habits and improved my skills in the process!"