Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|Easy Steps to Flamenco Guitar|
Actor: Aaron Gilmartin
Director: Happy Traum
Genres: Music Video & Concerts, Special Interests, Educational, Musicals & Performing Arts
Sound like a flamenco guitarist instantly! Aaron Gilmartin has made his introduction to this guitar style so easy that even someone with just a minimal amount of guitar experience can start playing this exciting and passio... more »
Great introduction to flamenco
Jessica | TX | 01/07/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Aaron's DVD and tab/standard notation DVD booklet is great for the beginning guitarist who is interested in flamenco. He uses simple chord fingering so there's no need for dreadful barre chords* that usually give beginner's trouble. I'll list a breakdown of the DVD:
1. Intro to flamenco. Short history on flamenco terms and what they mean. Less than 3 minutes of your time.
2. Intro to different right hand flamenco movements. Rasguedo, picado, and compas. He goes slowly demonstrating each technique. He also gives practice exercises, tips, and close ups of the movements. The entire DVD expands on the use of the techniques. He doesn't rush the student to play in time and encourages the student to play at a speed that is comfortable until he/she masters the basic technique until he/she can play in time without stumbling for the next chord or rhythm.
3. Playing different rhythms, chords, and flamenco right hand movements with a few extra tricks of playing chords with subtle note changes on the left hand.
If you know how to play the basic chords and smoothly change chords at a reasonable tempo, this DVD is great for you! You will not be disappointed.
* The only barre chord ("F" chord) used is later in the DVD when you should be able to play a barre easily.
Christos Tsaousis | Australia | 11/23/2009
(1 out of 5 stars)
"Aaron Gilmartin is not a flamenco guitarist. He is a classical guitarist dabbling in flamenco & he doesn't do a very good job of it. His explanations of compas are okay, but his technique is awful. You will find in time that as you get better you will dismiss his instruction as that of an opportunistic hack! There are lots of flamenco instructional DVD's out there by awesome Spanish flamenco guitarists (Oscar Herrero, Juan Serrano)that teach the true flamenco. If you are a beginner guitarist you should not be concerned with flamenco yet, it's hard enough as it is. Learn to play guitar at a reasonable level (ie bar chords competently) & then get into flamenco. Have a look at Adam Del Monde for example - his instruction is clear, concise & broken down, & he is a terrific flamenco guitarist."
This one is fun ... Just Starting Out
Diana de Avila | Malta, NY USA | 04/12/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I am a self-taught guitar player who is newly venturing into the Flamenco genre and purchased Aaron's DVD after reading about it on a Classical Guitar Forum. It is fun and easy to follow along with. The style is easy-going and not intimidating at all. It's a private lesson with a master.
I am new to the DVD but as it sinks in, I am having fun. Recommended for newbies to Flamenco who have some guitar experience."