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Siguiriya Metronome

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Siguiriya

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A basic siguiriya rhythm, played here with cajón and palmas. The compás of the siguiriya can be counted in a number of ways. Some flamencos start the count on the "one" of a twelve beat cycle (i.e. accenting the 1, 3, 5, 8, and 11). Others like to use the 3, 6, 8, 10, 12 beat emphasis and simply start counting on the "eight." Both of these methods are correct—keep in mind that counting is simply a tool to internalize the rhythm, after which you’ll likely find yourself counting less and less (and then not at all). I’ve chosen the 8, 10, 12, 3, 6 notation here to emphasize the relationship between siguiriya and other flamenco palos, most notably soleá.

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