#Let’s Review | Soleares Flamenco Guidebook by John Fillmore and Truefire.com

Soleares Flamenco Guidebook by John Fillmore and Truefire.com

Author:          John Fillmore

Genre:            Flamenco

Style:              Acoustic Fingerstyle/Flamenco

Level:             Intermediate / Late Intermediate

Features:        Tabs (.pdf) & GP5 files

Lessons: 29 Videos (incl. introduction & conclusion) | 72 Minutes

  1. Soleares
  2. Half Compás
  3. Solo Flamenco Guitar
  4. Technique and Posture
  5. Pulgar
  6. Alzapua
  7. Rasgueado
  8. Picado
  9. Apregio
  10. Tremolo
  11. Golpes
  12. Ligados
  13. Flamenco Solo Piece (Elements)
  14. Intro Soleá
  15. Falseta 1
  16. Compás
  17. Falseta 2
  18. Falseta 3
  19. Quejillo
  20. Escobillas
  21. Combination Falseta
  22. Tremolo Falseta
  23. Llamada
  24. Popular Falseta
  25. Falseta Alzapua
  26. Cierre
  27. Complete Soleares

Flamenco has always been a style that attracted people from all around the globe. If you are among those who have always wanted to get started in Flamenco guitar, learning about the style as such as well as developing your basics techniques that will be your bread and butter skills while developing a sense for this style, then I’m inviting to go ahead and read this review on Truefire.com‘s Soleares Flamenco Guidebook.

Your instructor, John Fillmore, began to play the style of Flamenco in the tender age of 12, performing with a Flamenco dance group at the age of 14. During his career, Mr. Fillmore moved to Cordoba (Spain) to study at the Centro Flamenco and later to Rotterdam, becoming the first graduate teacher and performer of the Flamenco guitar.

So, what does this course look like? This course’s structure is technically following the approach “learning by doing”. This means that you are, in typical Truefire-fashion, playing your way through the course because you’re given an aim to work towards to. The goal of this course is to teach you the basic techniques of Flamenco guitar, the infamous techniques known as pulgar, alzapua, rasgueado, tremolo, to name just a few, but at the same time work towards a completed piece. Many methods, be it basic instrument methods or style methods, teach you the techniques but miss on utilizing them so that you can apply what you’ve just learnt. With this course’s structure and way of teaching you are going to implement what you have just learnt on a true Flamenco piece. You’re given instruction to practice a complete Soleares, a piece which’s style is said to be the mother of all Flamenco forms. That way you can take a piece – that by the way sounds amazing – and practice something you can perform in front of others but also your technique. I really like this approach that is a trademark of Truefire.com courses.

Once you’ve nailed the basic techniques which, even for long-time fingerstyle guitarists, may still be challenging due to the interesting voicing that you need to achieve, controlling the compás (rhythm) as well as the different thumb techniques required to induce the flair of Soleares that will pin your audience to your playing, you are ready to learn the individual parts of the piece. You start out with an introduction to the basic elements, moving on to the soleá, the falsetas, escobillas, llamada as well as cierra and remate to finally close out your piece. Each of those elements is part of traditional flamenco music in which you will learn how those pieces are divided and what essential part the guitar is playing in it.

Then you are finally able to play what might very well be your first Flamenco piece, incorporating the techniques that you’ve gathered throughout the course and which you can perfect while practicing the Soleares.

The course comes with 19 .pdf-charts, including the notation in mixed tab and classical form. You get those .pdf files for both the small etudes that introduce the various techniques as well as the full notation for the complete piece that you’ve learnt. For those of you who prefer to work with GuitarPro, you also receive .gp5 files that you can open on your computer, print it out or alter in a way you want that accompanies your playing/practicing.

The quality of the video and audio footage is top-notch as known from Truefire.com. I’m really looking forward seeing more Flamenco courses coming up on Truefire.com as I know from the comment section that this is one of the most requested styles. This doesn’t come as a surprise since this course is widely regarded as something mythical, something that touches the very soul of the people that are listening to it and make them connect.

Well done Mr. Fillmore. I highly recommend your Soleares Flamenco Guidebook by Truefire.com.

Lukas Wedrychowski

MeridirhProductions – ‘cause music matters

 

This course was provided by Truefire.com