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Flamenco Styles (Palos)

Learn about flamenco styles aka palos in this flamenco guitar lesson video from Howcast.


Okay. So, we're going to talk about different Flamenco styles. Or what in the Flamenco world is called palos. Okay, a palo means a stick basically, but I think it means more like a branch. Okay. Flamenco is a word that encompasses a lot, a lot of different styles. Palos, or styles, are different from each other basically in tempo, meter, and key. Okay, you have the palos that are in the 12 beat cycle. Okay? These are a little tough to handle because they're not in our usually three or four meter. They're in 12. Okay? And the accents fall in different places.

These are the palos like the soleás, alegrías, bulerías, soleá por bulería. Even seguiriya is in the 12 beat meter. The Flamenco styles that are in the four meter are tangos, rumba being the more, one of the most popular ones. And three meter, sevillana, as a very popular one. Okay? But there are dozens and dozens of palos. Alright?

And each one originated in a different part of the south of Spain. Some carry the name of the city where they derived from. Like Malagueña, is a palo in three, that derives from the city of Málaga. And sevillana, is a palo in three also, that derives from the city of Seville. And so on. Fandango is also a popular palo that derives from a city called Huelva. They call it fandangos de Huelva. It's also in three. And rumba is a very popular palo. We've talked about it before. It's one of the most international and popular palos. It's in four. And it's very popular in the northeast of Spain, in the area of Cataluña. And the south of France, in that region.

So, those are the palos that comprise the word Flamenco. Okay, they're all Flamenco and I encourage you to listen to all of them and see which ones you like the most.

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