Watch the Soleares online guitar lesson by John Fillmore from Soleares Flamenco Guidebook

What I would like to share with you on this course, is my accumulated knowledge of Flamenco guitar - techniques, music, interpretation, and my love for the Flamenco guitar.

There are many different styles within Flamenco music. These styles are referred to as palos. Soleares, Bulerias, Tientos, and Tangos for example are all Palos Flamencos. We have 3 main disciplines in Flamenco: the singing (cante), the dance (baile), and the guitar (toque). When referring to the various different palos on the guitar, we call them toques, from the Spanish word to play an instrument, tocar.

Other disciplines in Flamenco are the palmas, the hand claps (which is an art in itself), and more recently, the cajon. This ia a box-like percussion instrument from Peru introduced into Flamenco by the legendary guitarist Paco de Lucia.