The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #156004   Message #3675733
Posted By: Don Firth
08-Nov-14 - 02:54 PM
Thread Name: Obit: Manitas de Plata, old 'silver fingers'
Subject: RE: Obit: Manias de Plata, old 'silver fingers'
Flamenco leaves a lot of room for improvising within the patterns. That goes for the whole group, guitarists, singers, dancers....

If you're playing with an ensemble and you start doing your own thing outside the pattern that everyone else is working within, you could throw everyone else off. Either that or suddenly you'd stand out like a doofus as you go off on your own tangent.

A flamenco troupe--or an impromptu get-together--is very like a group of jazz musicians getting together for a jam session.

The flamenco forms are not all that hard to learn, and they leave plenty of room for individual creativity.

If a guitarist works solo, and shows a general disregard for the established forms, he just won't be invited to join the juerga (orgy?).

That doesn't mean he's a lousy guitarist. It means he either disregards or doesn't know the forms.

So what's the problem?

Don Firth