In this lesson you'll learn a basic version of the flamenco rumba strum that is the foundation of the flamenco rumba style of music. There are many versions of the strum but I consider this one one of the best to start off with.
In addition we will use a chord progression that is in the style of Barcelona Nights, the song that first propelled Ottmar Liebert into the public spotlight.
I first heard Barcelona Nights by Ottmar Liebert while driving in my car. I remember it was early morning and it's the first time I heard Spanish guitar on the radio. I had already been exposed to Gypsy Kings and love the music. He reminded me of the wonderful trip I had to Spain and all the friends that I've made their.
But hearing Ottmar Liebert awakened in me a desire to express myself in a more authentic way. It was the beginning of what turned out to be quite an adventure creating my own brand of Spanish guitar inspired music.
I still enjoy listening to Ottmar Liebert today.
Download The Cheat Sheets Here:
On this Cheat Sheet I've written out the main theme on the song. The verses are much more improvised, but if you'd like to take a stab at them there's the complete sheet music here: Ottmar Liebert – Nouveau Flamenco. The song Barcelona Nights is one of the songs among many.
Another possibility, which is one I often use, is to use software to slow down the song and pick up the notes by ear. It doubles as a form of your training. Here's a link to the software I currently use, though there are many other very good ones.
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