Do I understand it right you want to buy a flamenco guitar but you don't want to play flamenco music on it?
Thanks so much, Bob.....sound advice. I did some preliminary research yesterday and could not find any local flamenco teachers. I live in the New Orleans area where we have plenty of very talented jazz and rock teachers, but I might have to do some more digging to find a flamenco instructor. I did order The Total Flamenco Guitarist book (thanks Tom Phillips!), which should get me started along with some online resources. I'm going to devote 2018 to developing a basic flamenco skill set.bobotar100 wrote: ↑Mon Nov 27, 2017 4:09 amIf you want to learn a few basic techniques, I can not recommend strongly enough that you find an experienced player/teacher; someone who can sit right in front of you and correct you on the spot. I've tried a couple local players who teach: not so good. I found another, who had been playing for 60 years and teaching for 40; a vast improvement.
I came from a classical background and began studying flamenco guitar about 3 years ago. I played on an old Horabe model 35 classical for the first year and decided I was committed enough to invest in a flamenco guitar. After a lot of investigation, I decided to purchase a guitar made by Ethan Deutsch from Seattle. I could not be happier. My teacher has a wonderful Spanish made guitar and is extremely impressed. It's very light and responsive. It's got a beautiful tone for melodic passages and can get very raw and ballsy for the rhythm. Fit and finish are excellent as in intonation. The rosette is to die for! The peg heads are faux wooden pegs, machined to be very easy to use and stable. His prices have gone up a bit since I got mine but you may be able to find one used in your price range, or trade up which is what I did. Not sure if I should mention the shop I worked with but they were great. Send me a message if you want more info.MrF1 wrote: ↑Sat Nov 25, 2017 12:33 amHey folks,
I'm not so much a classical guitarist. More of a fingerstyle guitarist who plays on nylon string guitars. I have a two nice classicals - a spruce and a cedar. I'd like to get a third guitar and I always try to get something with a different vibe. Hence the interest in a flamenco. If I give it a go, I'd like a blanca, since my two other guitars are rosewood. My budget is $2K-3K. Any suggestions from those of you who play on both classical and flamenco guitars?
Thanks in advance....
Quite likely a 2A model. I wasn't aware that there are different models, as I had never heard the name before...
I'm a visual and auditory learner when it comes to guitar, so I'm pretty sure book study will provide limited results. I'm going to see if I can find a good flamenco instructor in the New Orleans area. If that doesn't workout, I'll go the online route, perhaps with Skype lessons or possibly Adam del Monte's video lesson program - studied that a bit and it looks pretty thorough, although it's not interactive.steve f wrote: ↑Wed Nov 29, 2017 6:16 pm
If you don't have a local teacher, see if you can find someone to give you lessons by Skype or Zoom. I tried learning from books for a long time and it did not work. Flamenco traditionally is passed down from teacher to student without notation. The notation is now useful but the direct instruction is essential.
Good luck in your search.