Lessons and info for the nylon string guitarist

Dance structure

Dance structure

This information is copied from a Word document found on John Moore’s flamenco page.
Used here with permission.


Guitar Dance Cante
a. Intro falseta, compás marking salida
b. break llamada perhaps footwork, llamada
c. letra compás marking letra
d. falseta falseta marking/footwork
e. footwork compás footwork
f. break llamada llamada

(c-f) may be repeated for a second letra.

g. escobilla falseta/compás footwork
h. break llamada llamada
i. final compás marking, footwork, pellizcos letra

The final is generally a correspondingly lighter form than the form of the main dance, e.g.,
the final of soleá is bulerías; the final of tientos is tangos, etc.

Alegrías has a more structured variation on the general scheme:

a. Intro
b. break
c. letra
d. footwork
e. break
f. silencio (paseo lento)
g. castellana
h. escobilla
i. break
j. bulerías de Cádiz

Things to be aware of:
– Speed ups (and occasionally slowdowns)
– Compás changes (e.g., 16ths to triplets; double to simple time)
– Llamadas and desplantes (and the difference between them)
– Llamadas that stop versus those that don’t
– When to play falsetas and when to play compás