Flamenco chords

When it comes to chords and flamenco it's a combination of ordinary open chord, even barre chords and many voicings.

The "start package" of flamenco chords

You could use typical open chords when playing in the style of flamenco, especially A minor and E major are common. These can be combined with regular F and G major, or, as suggested by the diagrams below, F and G chords with E as the bass note.

Am

  • maj7 chord diagram

E

  • maj7 chord diagram

Dm

  • maj7 chord diagram

C

  • m7 chord diagram

 

Voicings

Here are some voicings of chords typically used in this style.

F

  • maj7 chord diagram

F/E

  • maj7 chord diagram

G/E

  • m7 chord diagram

A (flamenco)

  • maj7 chord diagram

Bb (flamenco)

  • m7 chord diagram

C9 (flamenco)

  • m7 chord diagram

The chord called "A (flamenco)" is as you can se a regular A chord but with a finger on the third fret. You can also alternate between the ordinary A and the flamenco voicing.

The second shape of m7 has only three notes you could add a fourt by playing it as X2X232 for example. More chords will follow below.

Chord progressions

Some chord progressions to try are:

E - F/E

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

Combine chords with scales

The enrich the playing with melody lines et cetera you chould combine these chords with scales. Two scales frquently used in flamenco are "Por Aribba" and "Por Medio". You can find instructions for these together with more information about chords in this Brief Introduction to Flamenco Guitar.

Techniques and rhythms

Chords and scales are inportant tools, but in flamnco it's also 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.

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