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Kristofer Dahl
post Sep 10 2007, 04:58 PM
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Hey there,

I am happy to present Al - a diverse guitarist from Switzerland who will be starting of with Flameno lessons here at GMC! smile.gif

Check out his myspace: http://www.myspace.com/alguitaristchristie

We are working with the final steps of completing Al's first lesson - I hope we will be able to live it as soon as possible! smile.gif

Also - as soon as the first lesson goes live, Al will be given staff status and will then be able to access the hidden staff board. (I struck me that I should take this opportunity to explain the process for curious members!)

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post Sep 10 2007, 05:03 PM
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What is Flameno - is that a style? Part of Classical guitar? Im not sure what it is, so I am looking forward to your lessons, thank you! smile.gif


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post Sep 10 2007, 05:09 PM
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Al Christie is very good! I cant wait to learn some flamenco, that would be fantastic to incorporate into my music.


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post Sep 10 2007, 05:15 PM
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post Sep 10 2007, 05:35 PM
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QUOTE (Ryan @ Sep 10 2007, 06:03 PM) *
What is Flameno - is that a style? Part of Classical guitar? Im not sure what it is, so I am looking forward to your lessons, thank you! smile.gif


Flamenco is a very interesting and pretty difficult style of playing classical guitar, very popular in Spain, if i am not mistaken it was "born" in Spain. My first and last guitar teacher was a big fan of Flamenco and was playing flamenco compositions all day long.

The style involves very active wrist movements, and complete freedom in right hand fingers. Takes some serious time to master.


Can't wait to see the first lesson!



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post Sep 10 2007, 07:03 PM
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QUOTE (Ryan @ Sep 10 2007, 06:03 PM) *
What is Flameno - is that a style? Part of Classical guitar? Im not sure what it is, so I am looking forward to your lessons, thank you! smile.gif

Hi,
Flamenco is a style of Spanish guitar developed by the gypsy's in the south of Spain.
It demands a lot of time to develop a really good right hand technique, because you have to play a lot of rasgueados (fingers brushing across the strings) and the thumb techniques are different to classical playing, which is much lighter.
It would be very difficult for a beginner in guitar to learn Flamenco, before having a basic knowledge of chords and scales, there are lots of hammer ons and pull offs, which require some strength.
But every style of guitar is worth investigating, because even if you don't understand everything that is going on, you will pick up some tips and tricks along the way.
Feel free to ask me questions, but give me some time to respond, as I have myspace and other internet things to take care of as well as having a Family.

All the best
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post Sep 10 2007, 08:08 PM
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Great to have Flamenco instructor,welcome Al!!!! biggrin.gif


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post Sep 10 2007, 09:14 PM
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Welcome to the GMC house Al, looking forward to your first lesson smile.gif
I saw you like Peter Sellers on your Myspace page - a Goons fan by any chance?

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post Sep 10 2007, 09:24 PM
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QUOTE (Andrew Cockburn @ Sep 10 2007, 10:14 PM) *
Welcome to the GMC house Al, looking forward to your first lesson smile.gif
I saw you like Peter Sellers on your Myspace page - a Goons fan by any chance?


Hi,
I love the goons,that was sellers at his best.
He's not bad on the ukulele as well (did you watch the video?


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post Sep 10 2007, 09:52 PM
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post Sep 10 2007, 09:56 PM
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Welcome Al! smile.gif I see you live in Geneva biggrin.gif Neighbour wink.gif
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post Sep 10 2007, 10:12 PM
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QUOTE (al christie @ Sep 10 2007, 04:24 PM) *
Hi,
I love the goons,that was sellers at his best.
He's not bad on the ukulele as well (did you watch the video?


Yeah, I used to play the Uke at school smile.gif Glad to have a fellow goons fan around smile.gif


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post Sep 10 2007, 10:24 PM
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Welcome Al, Cant wait for your first lesson smile.gif


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post Sep 10 2007, 10:54 PM
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Hello Al !!!!!
It's good listen about flamenco !!!! hehehe, yeah, here in Spain is very popular, specilly in Andalucia (in the south of my country). We have a lot of great guitarrists like Vicente amigo or Paco de Lucia (remember the guitar trio !! incredible )

Well, nice to meet you !!! I try to learn some of flamenco (this style is almost imposible for me XD it's very very dificult !!)

And... a present for you wink.gif

Paul Gilbert playing Flamenco:
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The guitar trio wink.gif
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Paco de Lucia:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7aYNorY5Snk

AMAZING !!!


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post Sep 10 2007, 11:04 PM
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can flamenco be played on a steel stringed acoustic, or will i be wasting my time?
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post Sep 11 2007, 03:19 AM
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I dont see why it cant, seems like using nylon strings would hurt less though.
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post Sep 11 2007, 03:39 AM
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post Sep 11 2007, 04:06 AM
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Last time I tried a ras on my electric there was blood in the floor. However isn't there a female electric guitar player who does ras strums and rolls in her playing?

As Juan says flamenco is big in Andalucia. Village where I live pretty much all the guitar players are flamenco and the local acoustic luthier makes guitars for Paco de Lucia (amongst others). Kids here start learning flamenco - guitar, dancing or singing - from a very early age - my 7 year old is learning dance and she's Irish!

Not easy for me - go round to a Spanish friend's house for a jam and they all play soleras/buleras and stuff and I sit there like an idiot going blink.gif . Looking forward to Big Al's lessons - might finally get to know what's going down laugh.gif .

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post Sep 11 2007, 05:55 AM
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Better start growing out the finger nails.......... biggrin.gif

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post Sep 11 2007, 05:56 AM
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Welcome Al! Flamenco is a very interesting and cool style! I cant wait for your lessons!! smile.gif


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