Guillermo Rios' "Mastery of Flamenco Guitar Series" DVDs $39.95 each
o Vol. I- 16 sessions covering essential basic techniques as well as Alegrias,Tangos, Bulerias & Siguiriyas. 1 hour 40 minutes $39.95
o Vol. II-Soleares & Alegrias with explanation of rhythmic and harmonic structure as well as compositional possibilities. This DVD is filmed with 2 camera angles to watch both hands at once.1 hour 16 minutes $39.95
o Vol. III "Toques Libres"- The non-rhythmic Flamenco tradition. This covers Malagueñas, Mineras, Rondeñas, Granadinas & Tarantas. This DVD is filmed with 2 camera angles to watch both hands at once. The guitars used on Volume 3 are made by Archangel Fernandez, Madrid and Dale Foye, California. 1 hour 25 minutes $39.95
All three DVDs have an accompanying booklet
An outstanding video series by someone who studied in Spain with:
Juan Maya "Marote" (1972-1974), godfather to Guillermo's first son, David
& Pepe Habichuela (1979-1984).
Guillermo Rios has since then performed with Jose Greco, Maria Benitez, Jose Molina, Maria Alba & Rosa Montoya. He also has performed in solo concerts at Carnegie Hall 3 times.
Guillermo Rios is one of the few world class Flamenco Guitarists who has studied with Spanish masters in the Golden Era of the 1970's. He is also probably the only guitarist to play a Solea in other keys than E and A (Solea por Buleria). This invaluable attribute is to be found on Volume II. You truly can learn everything from him. There is such a proliferation of Flamenco guitar instructional material available today, that distributors, in many cases, are offering new arrivals that are quoting Brazilian guitarists as their maestros (ex. Aaron Gilmartin). "No hay nada que ver con la musica Flamenca"-that's Spanish for "That has nothing to do with Flamenco music".
What have wise customers been saying about Guillermo's videos for years? The most frequent comment is invariably: "These lessons are taught at a slow enough speed that I can learn from them better than others that are closer to concert performance speed". (ex. Juan Serrano, etc. instructional videos-these may be more suited for intermediate players due to the speed.)
For 2 years now Randy Osborne, the owner of Fine Fretted String Instruments, has been the International distributor of Guillermo Rios' Flamenco Guitar instructional videos. Guillermo purchased his 1965 Miguel Rodriguez and his 1967 Manuel de la Chica Flamenco guitars at FFSI.
Volume I is now ready, and by June 1, 2005 Volumes II & II will be available in DVD format. (5 / 10 / 05).
Far an exceptional CD by this great artist see:Soul of Spain
The titles for each segment of all three DVDs is shown below: