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Paco de Lucía, The Only Innovator of Contemporary Flamenco Guitar
New Definition of Flamenco Guitar
Paco de Lucía, The Only Innovator of Contemporary Flamenco Guitar

The purpose of this article is:

  1. To establish that Paco de Lucía is the only real innovator of contemporary flamenco music;
  2. To demonstrate that all of the current techniques now regarded as “general flamenco techniques”—including many practices in the harmonic, melodic, rhythmic and compositional realms—are essentially innovations of Paco de Lucia’s and should therefore be called regarded as “Paco de Lucia techniques” rather than “general flamenco techniques”;
  3. To show that, in order to be a genuine flamenco guitar player, it is essential to study and to grasp thoroughly the principles of traditional flamenco—more specifically, the flamenco style as known and practiced before Paco de Lucia—and then to study Paco de Lucia’s contributions and innovations and thereby achieve a profound knowledge of the tenets of harmony (both classic and contemporary) as they apply to contemporary flamenco music; and
  4. To dispel the notion that flamenco guitar is merely about passion and “aire” (a flamenco term that denotes  “feeling” or “emotion”) and that it should not be approached from an structured (academic, if you will) point of view; i.e., through research based on the orthodox tenets of theory and harmony as well as guitar technique. Keep reading .....


A new definition of flamenco guitar as an instrument

 I wrote this article as per the request of friends and students all over the world all of them are eager learners passionate about getting deeper knowledge on this area. Therefore my intention here is to share with them what I realized on this field and to inspire everyone else which may be interested including my students, friendly guitar collectors, committed guitar lovers and researchers, guitar listeners, aficionados on the arena of guitar playing as an entertainment or hobby, those who live their guitar playing as a metaphysical treat of some sort, as well as those who derive pleasure from the learning more about the evolution and developments in design for guitars as an art form.Keep reading...


Ruben Díaz 2018