#1
so I just recently got into some different types of music and i ask for the wisdom of different UGers here to help me get into the groove... so to say.

so I just discovered Django and I'm interested in his type of Jazz but while searching his stuff I also came across some great spanish stuff so can i get some CD ideas or songs i should listen to for both Django and Spanish Traditional music? afterwards maybe some songs you guys can recommend me play. I'm a pretty average guitarist with an Above-average taste for theory so if its too difficult (in your opinion) it'll be a fantastic weekend workout for me so please don't skip on the ideas please
My Gear:
epiphone les paul cusom, Limited edition. evo dimarzio pick ups
Parker P-38
epiphone hummingbird
line 6 flextone
crate vtx 120

head full of ideas.
#7
Also, +1 on Paco de Lucía

Check out "Entre Dos Aguas" and "Fuente Y Caudal " by de Lucía. They're like the "Stairway" and "Smoke on the Water" of flamenco guitar. His albums with John McLaughlin and Al Di Meola ("The Guitar Trio", "Passion, Grace and Fire" and "Friday Night in San Francisco") are simply amazing

Flamenco is best played on a guitar with high tension nylon strings. Flamenco guitars aren't really THAT different from "regular" classical guitars, the biggest difference lies in the choice of wood. If you want to learn about techniques like "Rasgueo" (or "Rasgueado" as some call it), "Picado" and "Golpe" I bete there are lots of lessons on Youtube. I know a liiiiittle bit about flamenco (the most popular chord progressions and such) but I'm not going to buy a flamenco guitar anytime soon. I'm not gonna grow my nails either: sure, a lot of virtuoso guitarists are able to play at dazzling speed because of their nail-picking technique, but I prefer to play with my fingers and only use my nails to strum for some occasional strumming (they don't have to be very long at all if you do it right). Flamenco is all about the percussive approach:

http://youtube.com/watch?v=n1qN3ZM2gMM

If you're interested in Spanish music as a whole, there's lots of great composers like Francisco Tárrega, Isaac Albéniz, Manuel de Falla and Joaquín Rodrigo. Most of their pieces have turned into classical guitar staples (although they tend to be performed on piano and by entire orchestras as well):

http://youtube.com/watch?v=dUZQhW10K8w
http://youtube.com/watch?v=Dxmxf45QNIU
http://youtube.com/watch?v=oEfFbuT3I6A

Keep in mind that this is not really flamenco anymore > there were no (semi-)gypsys involved in writing these pieces and all these people tend to pick with their fingers rather than with their nails. Take the classical piece "Concierto de Aranjuez" for instance:

http://youtube.com/watch?v=eIWUFpgatJw

A while ago (somewhere in the 1990's) De Lucía was asked to perform the same piece (which was a bitch because he wasn't proficient at reading musical notation by the way). Being a flamenco guitarist, he gave greater emphasis to rhythmical accuracy in his interpretation of the Concierto at the expense of the perfect tone preferred by classical guitarists (listen from 2:00 onwards) >

http://youtube.com/watch?v=LxpRVbhWlLI

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Last edited by shwilly at May 20, 2010,
#8
you need to figure out your own system of finding out music. I started off a few years ago not having a clue. But I heard what other people did and made my own style of finding out new artists. Start off with setting up a Last.fm page. That gives you heaps and heaps of recommendations once you start getting your plays up. Next, start with a genre and work your way through them, me being the kid i am, started with Indie. Bit of a silly idea now that i think of it but that got me used to finding vast amounts of music easily.

Other ways of finding new music is that silly Genius function on iTunes, it gives you some recommendations and can be good at times. Also, find some blogs, if you find good ones you will be amazed at what they put out. I'm not going to tell you any, cause when you come across a blog you like you will be absolutely stoked :0

I hope you can put this to use =)
#9
this is great stuff people thanks alot for the help

if anyone has anymore comments please let me know
My Gear:
epiphone les paul cusom, Limited edition. evo dimarzio pick ups
Parker P-38
epiphone hummingbird
line 6 flextone
crate vtx 120

head full of ideas.
#10
a great site to use is uvrx.com if you do just a mediafire search you can get the best fastest download links. And being mediafire you can download multiple albums / songs at a time. There nearly all .zip or .rar files so easy to access.