Gypsies Influence Spanish Music Creating the Style of Flamenco
Gypsies shared a region with Spain, and their music had major eastern influences, intermingled with the Arabic tradition, Jewish and early European classical, and folk music producing a unique style now known as Flamenco.
1800 - 1900
Guitarists would try and oudo each other by showing off there abilities like playing with a glove on one hand, or playing it above their head.
Spain is the Center of Guitar Playing and Making
1800 - 1900
Antnio Torres first produced modern guitars from the 1850s. They were made with a cypress body, light construction, and a solid peghead. His guitars were very similar the the traditional Flamenco Guitar.
Modifications of The Flamenco Guitar
1900 - 1950
In the early 1900s several modifiactions of the Flamenco Guitar are done to help facilitate flamenco playing. Guitar bodies were made out of inexpensive woods like Spanish Cypress. Special plates called "golpeadores" were usually placed below the sound hole and were used for tapping the instrument with the fingers for rhythm. Wooden pegs were often used instead of metal tuning machines due to the cheap price and the light weight of of the wood compared to metal, and the strings were usually closer to the body of the instrument for quicker and more percussive strumming.
Notable Spanish Guitar Players
1510 - April 1, 1580
An important of composer and musician of Spanish music, and is the composer of the earliest surviving music for the guitar.
Manuel del Popolo-Vicente Garcia
1775 - 1832
1832 - 1882
A Spanish Guitar virtuoso who played for the Royal Family, and was a professor at the Royal Conservatory.
1880 - 1949
1912 - 1990
Renowned Flamenco guitarist Paco Pena is born.
Paco de Lucia
December 21, 1947
Paco de Lucia is considered the greatest living Flamenco guitarist and one of the greatest guitarists in the world. His playing revolutionized Flamenco music. He changed the way the Flamenco guitar is played and developed new fingering and picking techniques which has greatly expanded the range of Flamenco's sound.
A Canadian guitarist, composer, and producer. One of the most influential figures in "nouveau flamenco".