Guillermo Rios Vols. 1-3 DVDs

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

Sabicas (1975-1978)

& 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:

Vol. I                             Vol. II                            Vol. III

Guillermo Rios Vol. 1 DVD titles

1. Intro

2. Intro 2 Tarantas w/ historic over view

3. A minor scale 1

4. Relaxing both hands 2

5. Relaxing wrist & thumb 3

6. Playing w/ Natural reflexes - Alzapua 4

7. Speed w/o tension 5

8. Consistency of accents and tempo 6

9. Strength and endurance in both hands 7

10. Flamenco Compas & 12 beat measure 8

11. 12 beat compas w Alegrias 9

12. Zapateado Elegante 10

13. Tremolo 11

14. Tremolo and the effective use of the Bass line 12

15. The Juan Maya Rasqueado 13

16. My 5 Beat Rasqueado 14

17. The Pepe Habichuela Rasqueado 15

18. 3 finger Picado 16

19. Credits
Guillermo Rios Vol. 2 DVD titles

Soleares and Alegrias

1. Soleares with Drum Machine

2. Chords

3. Chords w/ Drum Machine

4. 1st Melody

5. 2nd Melody

6. Solea Chord Progressions

7. Solea Chord Progressions w/ Drum Machine

8. Solea por Bulerias

9. Solea por Bulerias w/ Drum Machine

10. Solea in different keys

11. Concert Solea

12. Part II Alegrias

13. Alegrias in E major w/ Drum Machine

14. Modern chords for Alegrias

15. Modern chords for Alegrias w/ Drum Machine

16. Modern chords for Alegrias w/ Drum Machine part 2

17. Alegrias in A major  w/ Drum Machine

18. Alegrias in C major

19. Alegrias in G major

20. Concert Alegrias w/ Drum Machine

21. Credits

Guillermo Rios Vol. 3 DVD titles


2. Tarantas

3. Tarantas theme in upper register

4. Soft theme

5. 1st Granainas

6. 2nd theme Granaina

7. Minera in Ab

8. Minera in Eb

9. Concert Minera

12. 1st Malagueña

13. 2nd Malagueña

14 1st Rondeña

15. 2nd Rondeña

16. Summary

17. "El Amanecer"  Tarantas

18. Credits

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