Flamenco influenced my guitar playing

Flamenco a unique way of expressing oneself

The one form that speaks to me the most is “toque la guitarra". It doesn’t matter if I hear it in concert or from a maestro somewhere in an Andalusian city like Seville. Mind-blowing. The rhythm and its melodies make me wanna play guitar instantly every time  I hear a few notes. I don’t claim a I can play flamenco. In any case this style speaks to me and I feel it.

The flamenco rhythm and its melodies make me wanna play guitar instantly.

My appetite got bigger

I started out on a classical guitar which my mom inherited from her mother. After a few years of playing guitar mainly rock and blues music, my appetite for another influence got bigger and bigger. I discovered Gerhard Graf Martinez. A German guitar player which developed a highly recommendable guitar course including a DVD. In there you see how he plays these challenging techniques. Multiple camera angles are available. Fancy online guitar courses weren’t set up back then. So he traveled to Andalusia to learn from maestros right at the source.

Fancy online guitar courses weren’t set up back then.

How I have learned some flamenco techniques

I probably spent half a year playing along Gerhard’s DVD and messing around with upcoming ideas. The flamenco chapter definitely influenced the way I play guitar. I m far away of saying I have mastered this art form. One thing is for sure: Learning some flamenco techniques enriched my guitar playing. Doesn’t matter if I play unplugged or with an electric lady. One of the results is the guitar video that you probably watched right before.

The flamenco chapter definitely influenced the way I play guitar.

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Wherever you are my musical friends. Keep on having fun on the six strings and stay tuned for more. I m highly motivated to share my passion “creating music" with you.

All the best
Mike V