liopro wrote:Hello, I'd like to play both classical and flamenco music, the second being my preferred choice though. Even though there're a similarities between these two styles they're quite different. I read somewhere classical technique is a great foundation for flamenco. Is that true?
Aside from the fact that learning CG would provide you with some dexterity I'd say no. Sure there are similarities - arpeggio technique, for example, but picado has some important differences to CG scale tech, pulgar is totally different and there is a whole repertoire of techniques that aren't found in CG. Add to that the fact that the musical intent is totally different, the sound/tone you are aiming for is different and focus on rhythm is absolute... you'd be better off diving straight into flamenco rather than learning approaches you have to unlearn later.
I would agree that prior knowledge of basic guitar technique - eg being able to recognise and play chords -would be helpful and most tutor material assumes that knowledge. 1:1 lessons are the best option, and there are plenty of tutors who do this via Skype, there are also some superb video tutor resources out there (eg Adam del Monte). If you really prefer to work through a 'method' try Graf Martinez or the first Juan Martin book (El Arte...). The latter comes with a CD, the former is a little more up to date and there are DVDs, books and CD of the same material. Avoid collections of solo pieces until you truly understand the structure and compas of the toque, which will take a while. Check out the Foro for further info as mentioned above
Finally, just to avoid any confusion, Jesse Cook is not a flamenco artist.