Soleares Video Lessons

As a follow on from the techniques videos; these videos show all stages with the focus on the right hand technique.

The Soleares is split into 7 parts - each has a separate video and text to accompany it.

I played the Soleares with the camera focused on my right hand then split the video into sections.

My mind wondered a few times but I decided to leave it "warts-and-all" (a very English expression meaning don't be afraid of your mistakes).

The first four bars use the golpé technique with index finger strokes.

Following the first four bars is a four bar section using the thumb until the very last note. The last note is an octave and usually these are played with the thumb striking the bass string a split second before the index finger strikes the first string.

The next three bars are arpeggios played apoyando with the thumb and tirando using the index and middle fingers.

At the end of the three bars is an ending you will come across a lot in Flamenco. The bass string is played apoyando and the first string is played tirando. Then follows three notes played apoyando - push your thumb towards the first string.

The final note on the first string is played tirando.

A percussion section follows next.

It starts with the triplet strums - use different thumb positions to get different sounds from each triplet strum.

The triplet strum ends with the ending explained in part 2.

A chord section is next and is played with index finger strikes and a golpé on the first beat of the next bar before going into half beat strums.

Four chords played with the thumb are followed by the last four notes of the usual ending.

The next section is played mainly with the thumb, index and middle fingers playing apoyando.

This section will give you practise is playing hammer-ons and pull-offs. Just take them slowly and they will be easier than you think.

The last chord is played as a thumb strike with a golpé.

It is up to you whether or not you play the next six beats with golpés.

The last beat should hve more emphasis and to achieve this the strings can be struck with the third and middle finger of the right hand or as a thumb strike.

Most of the next section is played apoyando with the thumb and index finger tirando on the first string.

The section ends on an emphatic strike using a strong index finger strike or using the middle and third finger to get more power.


A section using the back arpeggio comes next.

The thumb plays apoyando while the index, middle and third finger play tirando for the first two beats of eight notes the next four notes can be played apoyando or tirando whichever you feel comfortable with.

The last seven notes of the 4th bar and the following three bars should be played apoyando.

To finish the tune there is a triplet section followed by single chords and two triplets with a golpé to instead of the first half beat strike.