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Las Castañuelas {Lesson 5}

We're up to our 5th lesson for castanets! This will be the last one for a little while, we'll be getting back to some more body work and marcaje so keep an eye out for that.

We are keep with the same rhythm that we learnt last week and add a couple of different layers of difficulty to the braceo.

The first addition is the movement of the head.

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Las Castañuelas {Lesson 4}

Today we are going to put together three of the sounds that we have already learnt to make a new rhythm. 

The rhythm is...

ria ria pi ta

If you have been following along you will know that ria is the roll sound that we learnt in the last lesson, pi is the middle finger of the right hand and ta is the middle finger of the left hand.

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Las Castañuelas {Lesson 3}

Ok guys, time for lesson 3.  I hope you have been practicing what we have done so far.

I don't know about you but I am really feeling how much I have worked my forearms after I have finished practicing. Its a good excuse to ask one of your friends to give your arms a quick massage - it makes all the difference.

Today we are going to look at the roll sound or as it is called in spanish the carretilla.

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Las Castañuelas {Lesson 2}

Welcome to lesson 2 of our introduction to playing castanets. 

In this lesson we will be adding in another sound which comes from a movement called 'El Posticeo'. The onomatopoeic sound for this movement is 'chi'.

'Chi' is the sound made when to hit both castanets against each other.

In the video below José demonstrates an exercise with the posticeo.

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Las Castañuelas {Lesson 1}

Castanets have long evoked an image of Spanish music and dance but they weren't traditionally a part of flamenco. They have been a part of the Escuela Bolera, Classico Español and folkloric repertoire.

Now there are many dancers who choose to use castanets with flamenco dance.

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