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Foot Tapping for Buleria

Extreme close up image of a flamenco guitar, looking from bridge to neck.

Tapping your foot to irregular flamenco time signatures while playing guitar can be tricky. Here are two ways to tap and keep time while playing buleria.

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Listening for Compas

Flamenco guitarist and palmero performing informally outside

Listening to good flamenco is one of the best ways to understand the nuance of flamenco compas. Here's a list of hand-picked albums to get you started.

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Alegria

Flamenco dancer and guitarist performing in a small venue.

Alegria is an upbeat major key flamenco palo played as accompaniment or as a solo piece. See and hear examples and learn how to get started playing alegria here.

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Buleria

Two flamenco dancers in red in a dramatic pose against a black background.

Buleria is a fast, driving flamenco palo played as accompaniment or as a solo piece. See and hear examples and learn how to get started playing buleria here.

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Seguiriya

Flamenco dancer with a manton (shawl) in motion against a textured stone background.

Seguiriya is a dramatic, expressive flamenco palo played to a twelve count rhythm. See and hear examples and learn how to get started playing seguiriya here.

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Solea

Flamenco dancer with a manton (shawl) in motion against a black background.

Solea is a slow, melodically rich flamenco palo played to a twelve count rhythm. See and hear examples and learn how to get started playing solea here.

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Tango

Flamenco dancer in a red dress performing footwork on stage with musicians and singer singers in the background.

Tango flamenco is an upbeat, energetic palo in 4/4 time. See and hear examples and learn how to get started playing tango here.

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