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Tientos

Below is my performance for Juan Martin’s second solo study entitled Tientos.

Tientos is a Flamenco dance form. I found this defintion on the web:

a slow cante jondo music and dance in a four-count rhythm, was first developed by the singer Enrique el Mellizo (1848 -1906) as an expressive variation of the Tangos. Poet Federico García Lorca considered the Tientos to be almost liturgical in its solemnity. Traditional Tientos lyrics – letras – set a dark mood, and have to do with loss, unrequited love, imprisionment, longing for freedom and other serious messages. Dancers strive to capture this mood in their solos.

The most notable aspect of the slow Tientos tempo is the beat structure. Where the first beat in Tangos is subdued, it is strongly emphasized in the Tientos, as is the “and” of the second beat.

The study piece emphasizes along with the Tientos form , the use of the thumb stroke  as well as the use of held  chords while running single note lines.

Its an easy but pretty piece:

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Primera Solea

Juan MartinFlamenco is such a different vibe than that of Classical Guitar. The technique is especially different and its definitely a groove oriented style, after all Flamenco is the dance music of Spain and way before the likes of Paco de Lucia were branding fiery solos , it was primarily used to accompany dancers.

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