Malagueña (intro, falseta, tremolo, llamadas + pasajes)

"Hello. My name is Miguel Ángel Cortés. Now we'll study the Malagueña style consisting of an intro and a tremolo falseta. We will also see the 'llamadas para el cante', calls for singing. It’s important that you master these, some are more traditional than others. In the Malagueña, just after the ‘salida del cante' (1st entry of the singer) a short passage is usually played. We will look into this traditional passage and then another one that's a bit different."


7 videos 9 minutes Malagueña intro + tremelo + llamadas + pasajes
1 tremolo falseta, 2 llamadas (call for singer), 2 pasajes
Multicamera views showing simultaneously the left and right hand
8 A4 pages music sheets and tabs
Spanish spoken, English subtitles
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Miguel Ángel Cortés Urbano, born in Granada Spain on January 26 1972, learned playing flamenco guitar from his gypsy relatives and family such as his father Miguelón Cortés and his brother Paco Cortés. By the time he was a teenager, Miguel Ángel started playing professionally accompanying flamenco dance and later on playing for flamenco stars such as Carmen Linares, Estrella Morente and José de la Tomasa. He was a finalist in the Young Musicians Contest in the 1996 Biennale and winner of the 1st Paco de Lucía Guitar Contest. One of Miguel Ángel his most famous collaborations was with Enrique Morente and Lagartija Nick in ‘Omega’. His album Patriarca was released on Alula in the U.S.!

Miguel Angel Cortes

"Hello! My name is Miguel Angel Cortés and it’s a real pleasure for me to be here and present to you my flamenco guitar classes. I'd like you to stay with me for a while to learn the way I play and feel flamenco. You will learn a broad range of the flamenco guitar: various pasajes, different types of marcar, pieces free from rhythm and llamadas para el cante (variations that precede and introduce the vocals). You'll also learn complete compositions from my last two CDs and pieces that have not yet been recorded. I hope this will be to your liking. In the first part, we’ll concern ourselves with the Soleá in different keys. Then, we’ll go over to the Tango de Granada. On the basis of this Tango you’ll learn the really personal type of marcar that originated in my region. Afterwards, we’ll play a few Bulerias, again in different keys. To begin with, so that you see everything clearly, I’ll play each piece slowly and then somewhat quicker. As regards tempo, I must point out the following with all emphasis: You have to select a tempo that’s just right for you. A piece can sound wonderful no matter whether it’s played very quickly or very slowly. The most important thing is that you make music out of it.”.

Miguel Angel Cortés

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