Watch the New World Flamenco online guitar lesson by Tierra Negra from New World Flamenco

We are Raughi Ebert and Leo Henrichs. Together we form the guitar duo Tierra Negra, which plays nuevo flamenco, or "new flamenco."

New World flamenco is a modern take on flamenco - the fiery traditional guitar music from Andalusia, a vast region on the southern tip of Spain. Our souls were captivated by the exotic rhythms of flamenco and rumba, which we have studied with the Gypsies in depth. We love the drama and passion of flamenco and look forward to sharing it with you here.

In this course, we take you step-by-step through building a powerful and exciting New World Flamenco vocabulary of your own. You may use a classical guitar, or a flamenco guitar, which is very similar to the classical guitar but has a wider fretboard. Historically, these instruments were strung with gut strings. Today nylon strings are used to produce a rich, mellow tone. Have the string action of your guitar set to medium height to help prevent strings from buzzing against the frets during the vigorous strumming that is essential to flamenco.

As you progress through this course, you will learn to play duets, alternating between rhythm and melody parts. Don’t worry, we demonstrate every piece at a slow tempo, as well as at its normal tempo, and provide accompaniment so you can practice both sides of each duet.

Sometimes we use the capo to achieve a traditional sound. We achieve a colorful sound in a guitar duo when only one guitar plays with the capo. Apart from that, the guitar sounds brighter and the chords are easier to play, because the scale is becoming smaller and the string action is getting lower.

We conclude with an exclusive performance for you from Tierra Negra. Olé!

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