Flamenco Rhythm {Tangos}


Tangos is one of my favourite flamenco rhythms. I love the swing and playfulness of the music. It is also a slightly easier rhythm for beginners to pick up because the shape of the rhythm is similar to what we grow up listening to.

For the basic shape of tangos the first beat is weak and the 2nd, 3rd and 4th beats are accented. Tangos is usually counted as one compás of 8 counts  (2 lots of 4 beats)

1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8

1  2  3  4  1  2  3  4

In this video Manuel 'El Marmol' is playing basic tangos compás on the guitar. He is playing at a gentle pace so you can clearly hear the compás. Perhaps you can try some basic marking steps while you are listening to Manuel play?

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