Compared to a beginner who starts flamenco guitar and has not played nylon-string guitar before, it gives you a huge advantage. As Ramon says in his post in the other thread, the core guitar technique is the same, but there are a lot of add-on techniques to learn as well. Just the different types of rasgueados are a whole new complex universe to deal with for a classically-trained guitarist; also alzapua and other thumb-only techniques. Then all the different palos and working on rhythmic patterns. And if you'd like to accompany dancers or singers, there is yet another universe of skills to acquire - not so much as additional pure technique, but rather about observing, listening and responding to the dancer/singer on the spot.twistedblues wrote:Does being proficient on classical guitar help with playing flamenco? And vice versa? Or is it like starting over?
Yes, it helps, of course. But still, you'll need to learn and practice every new technique (there's lots in flamenco, especially RH). In the end your playing will definitely be richer, with more tonal colours, new sounds and techniques. Apart from that, if you want to sound and feel flamenco, you'll need to study the folklore background, watch flamenco dancing and listen to the great maestros' music. Seeing them personally also helps a lot. I was lucky to hear Paco Pena live once, and I'll never forget it! That was definitely the greatest, most unbelievable guitar experience in my life. He is in an altogether different class from all classical and jazz guitar performers I've heard to play.
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