Here is the second video for the rhythm of alegrías. José joins Manuel to demonstrate the typical palmas patterns for alegrías.
After recording these videos the conversation turned to whether flamenco rhythm and music can be broken down enough to be explained and taught.
The more you think about it, the infinite possibilities it becomes harder and harder to explain.
It is also something that needs to be felt rather than counted or or analysed, especially when the singer becomes involved and your movement is a response to the cante.
How do you teach someone to feel flamenco?
After we said goodbye I came back and started listening to and watching some jazz videos to see if I could find some inspiration for ways to explain things. I came across of Jazz legend Mulgrew Miller who at the time was Director of Jazz Studies at William Paterson University, speaking about whether improvisation in Jazz could be taught.
Amongst other things (like the process of learning jazz music being similar to learning a language) he says that the best that a teacher can do is to direct the student and point out things but that the student then needs to spend a lot of time listening outside of the classroom.
Here is the video of Mulgrew Miller, the subject is jazz but there are lessons here can be translated to flamenco.
After all that I guess what I'm saying is this.
We will keep trying to find ways to point you in the right direction, but if you are really keen on learning flamenco you need to spend a lot of time listening and educating yourself as much as you can.
It is something that you can do but like the guys and girls that play and sing jazz it is a life long learning experience.
Here is the video of José and Manuel. What do you hear?
Comments are on below, we'd love to hear your thoughts on the learning process.