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Soleá por Baile

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An arrangement of a traditional soleá por baile. This transcription emphasizes how the different parts of soleá fit together in the context of dance accompaniment. The structure of this arrangement is analyzed in depth in the soleá dance accompaniment article here at Ravenna Flamenco.

While this soleá could be played as a stand-alone piece, it is designed as a model for a basic and common way to play for dancers. This said, the vast majority of the outstanding flamenco players we all look up to (Paco, Tomatito, Vicente Amigo, Moraito, etc.) are all well versed in dance and cante accompaniment. Even when these players are not accompanying, their knowledge of how the guitar relates to dance and song is apparent.

Even if you’re not planning on actually accompanying dancers, knowing this side of toque is of immense value. Having a sense of the overall structure of how a palo is played collaboratively can help you break away from a style of playing that is just a string of falsetas without any direction of purpose.

Which is not to say that you won’t find falsetas in this transcription. In lieu of simply giving you these falsetas in a vacuum, however, this arrangement also gives you the "connective tissue" of the song; it puts the falsetas in context. Once you understand how these pieces fit together, you should feel more comfortable in tailoring the overall structure to your taste without falling into the trap of simply reciting falsetas.

tags: accompaniment, baile, arrangement
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