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How to Practice Flamenco Scales

Learn how to practice flamenco scales in this flamenco guitar lesson video from Howcast.


Okay, so I'm going to show you a good method to practice your scales and to get better and a little faster when you practice scales. It's very important that you practice with a metronome. Like I said in the previous video, if you don't have a metronome on, you're probably not practicing. So let's put our metronome on and we're going to pick a scale, whatever scale we're working on. For right now I'm just going to choose, just the regular E Minor scale.

Fingering and I'm going to start with my root on the fifth string. Okay, and then we're going to do one, two, four; one, two, four; move to the fifth fret, one three four; one three four. Okay, so that's my E natural minor scale and I'm going to put my metronome to do this slow. I'm going to put it on 70 bpm, 70 beats per minute. This is a good way to practice your scales. First we're going to go up and down, just playing quarter notes and you'll go down the same way.

I't's important when you practice scales that you know how to subdivide the beat accurately. So the next time we go up and down, we're going to do eighth notes, so we're going to divide the beat in half. Okay, and we're going to do that a couple of times. Next time we play our scale we're going to do triplets, which means we're going to fit three notes in the beat. It's important that we sing this or we feel this, before we even attempt to play it. So it's going to be one, two, three; one, two, three; one, two, three; one, two three.

Okay, and we do this a couple times up and down. Next step would be to do sixteenth notes. That means we place four notes inside the beat. Okay and again, if this is the first time you're doing it, make sure you can sing before you play it. Most likely, if you can't sing it to yourself, you're not going to be able to play it accurately. So one-e and a two-e, and a one, two, three, four; one, two, three, four.

Okay, when you can do this at least four times on sixteenth notes up and down, then you're ready to increase the speed of your metronome. I would go up I don't know, two-four, maybe ten bpm's and do the whole thing again. Then try it with another scale and do it again. Okay, if you feel like it's getting bumpy, always bring it back down. Never practice with mistakes. If you practice with mistakes, you will play with mistakes.

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