Flamenco chords

When it comes to flamenco and chords, there are alternative and ordinary open chords, barre chords and many voicings.

The Spanish cadence

You could use typical open chords when playing in the style of flamenco, especially A minor and E major, which also are used as a cadence. These can in some cases be played as barre chords and the G/E chord can be replaced by a regular open G. The Spanish (or Andalusian) cadence include four chords and is often played in A or D minor.

Am - G - F - E or Am - G7 - F - E

Dm - C - Bb - A


  • Amin chord diagram


  • G/E chord diagram


  • Fmaj13/E chord diagram


  • EM chord diagram


  • Dmin chord diagram


  • C9 flamenco chord diagram


  • Bb flamenco chord diagram


  • A flamenco chord diagram

The chord called "A" is as you can see similar to a regular A major chord but with a finger on the third fret. You can also alternate between the ordinary A and the flamenco voicing.

The chords in the Spanish cadence can be part of other typical progressions, or forms that is the word used in this music style. Two common progressions, or forms, are por arriba and por medio in which precedes as short cadence:

F - E - F - E - Am - C - F - E (por arriba)

Bb - A - Bb - A - Dm - C - Bb - A (por medio)

These are sometimes prolonged with the "cambio change" as a midle part, resulting in:

F - E - F - E - Am - G - C - Am - G7 - F - E

Bb - A - Bb - A - Dm - C - F - Dm - C7 - Bb - A

Flamenco chords and voicings

Here are additional typical flamenco chords, including voicings.


  • E chord diagram


  • E(b9) chord diagram


  • Fmaj7#11 chord diagram


  • Fmaj13(add6) chord diagram


  • G6 chord diagram

E and E(b9) can be combined with E followed by a hammer-on on the fourth string!

See the list below for more voicings:

A7#11: X05640
B9(11): X24600
Dm/F: XX323X

Chord progressions

Some chord progressions to try are:

E - Fmaj13/E

Am - G6 - E

Am - E - B7

Am - Em - B7

A - Bb - F - C/G - Bb - A

Am - G/E - Fmaj13/E - E (see tab)

tab chord progression

Forms, dances and techniques

In flamenco, the guitarist can play a solo composition or accompanying a dancer. There are several dance styles or forms such as the soleares, the malagueña, the fandango, the farruca and the bulerias. It's common to use long nails which is the only way to accomplish the very common strumming technique rasgueado in an authentic way. A characteristic flamenco guitar technique is the golpe with the ring finger tapping on the wood below the sound hole (which can be heard in the audio above).


Fmaj7 - C7 - Fmaj7 - F6 - F7 - E7

F7 = XX3241


E7 - E13 - E7 - Am

E13 = 020120


A - Bb(#11) - C9 - Bb(#11) - A

Bb(#11) = X13330


E - Am - E - Am

E7 - E7(b9) - Am

E7(b9) = 023130


E - Am - G6 - Fmaj7(#11) - E

G6 = 355400; Fmaj7(#11) = 133200

Combine chords with scales

To enrich the playing with melody lines et cetera you could combine these chords with scales. Two scales frequently used in flamenco are "Por Aribba" and "Por Medio". You can find instructions for these together with more information about chords in this Lesson of Flamenco Guitar.

Spanish chord voicings

One of the alternatives to what have been presented above are these chords, which also can be played mixed with the others.


  • Am chord


  • G chord


  • F chord


  • E chord

A simple approach for getting a "Spanish" feel is to play these in this sequence:

E - F - G


Am - G - F - E

You can also combine these with notes from the Am minor scale on the high e-string.

Techniques and rhythms

In flamenco it's fundamental to use proper techniques and congenial rhythms. A useful resource is this lesson: What is Flamenco Guitar? Terms and Techniques You Need to Know.

Jam tracks

Here are sound tracks to jam with. The following jam tracks are for flamenco, Spanish and Latin styles and involves only drums.

Jam track 1
Jam track 2
Jam track 3

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