A flamenco guitar is a guitar similar to a classical guitar but with thinner tops and less internal bracing. It usually has nylon strings, as opposed to steel. Usually, it has a livelier sound compared to the classical guitar. It is used in toque , the guitar-playing part of the art of flamenco. Traditionally, luthiers made guitars to sell at a wide ranges of prices, largely based on the materials used and the amount of decorations, to cater to the popularity of the instrument across all classes of people in Spain. Antonio de Torres , one of the most renowned luthiers, did not differentiate between flamenco and classical guitars. The traditional flamenco guitar is made of Spanish cypress , sycamore , or rosewood for the back and sides, and spruce for the top. This in the case of cypress and sycamore accounts for its characteristic body color. Flamenco guitars are built lighter with thinner tops than classical guitars , which produces a "brighter" and more percussive sound quality.
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Flamenco is a style of music that is incorporating song, dance, and instrumental music mostly guitar. Flamenco is commonly associated with the Andalusian Roma Gypsies of southern Spain. According to Britannica, these are some of the most influential Flamenco artists :. Flamenco is a sub-genre of Latin music. If you are are interested in other Latic music, check out our list if the Hot 50 Spanish Songs. Cristian de Moret.
Spanish Flamenco Guitar Songs
There are many famous Spanish guitar songs that people around the world recognise and love, so coming up with a definitive list of the top five is always going to be a challenge. Although it is a stunning piece of music that is great to learn, even on a traditional acoustic guitar, part of the fame of this piece comes from the fact that there is great debate around who composed it and where it came from. Various musicians have been credited with writing the piece, but all that is certain is that it comes from the mid-to-late 19 th century and would appear to come from Spain or South America. When played as the Asturian anthem, it is more regularly played with bagpipes, but is a popular and famous Spanish guitar song in its own right. Manolo Escobar is perhaps more popular around the world for his version classic party track Y Viva Espana, but El Porompompero is the Spanish guitar song that probably represents his best work. Such was his success on the back of this track that his home in Benidorm was named after it. The track was actually offered to Michael Jackson before Madonna took it, so it may have ended up as a wildly different song from the one we know today!
From the sultry Spanish sounds of the Concierto de Aranjuez to modern adaptations of 17th-century lute music, some of the greatest classical music sounds absolutely stunning on guitar. This wonderfully playful Baroque concerto was originally composed for a lute, but the modern transposition for classical guitar is just lovely. Although Vivaldi spent the majority of his life in Venice, this concerto comes from his globe-trotting period.