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Bulerias Falsetas Collection # 1

Charles H. Keyser, Jr. 1974 The Academy of Flamenco Guitar P.O. Box 1292 Santa Barbara, CA 93102

Bulerias Falsetas - Collection 1


Falseta 1 ( Source: Agustin Rios/Paco del Gastor) Falseta 2 (Source: Paco del Gastor) Falseta 3 (Source: Paco del Gastor) Falseta 4 (Source: Diego del Gastor, Agustin Rios) Falseta 5 (Source: Paco del Gastor) Falseta 6 (Source: Diego del Gastor) Falseta 7 (Source: Diego del Gastor) Falseta 8 (Source: Diego del Gastor) Falseta 9 (Source: Diego del Gastor) Falseta 10 (Source: El Mellizo) Falseta 11 (Source: El Mellizo) Falseta 12 (Source: Sabicas) Falseta 13 (Source: Paco / Diego del Gastor) Falseta 14: (Source: Diego del Gastor) Falseta 15: (Source: Diego del Gastor)
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Bulerias Falsetas - Collection 1 (Cont.)

Falseta 16: (Source: Diego del Gastor) Falseta 17: (Source: Diego del Gastor) Falseta 18: (Source: Diego del Gastor) Falseta 19: (Source: Diego del Gastor) Falseta 20: (Source: Diego del Gastor) Falseta 21: (Source: Diego del Gastor) Falseta 22: (Source: Diego del Gastor) Falseta 23: (Source: Diego del Gastor) Falseta 24: (Source: Diego del Gastor) Falseta 25: (Source: Diego del Gastor) Falseta 26 (Source: Diego del Gastor) Falseta 27 (Source: Uncertain) Falseta 28 (Source: Uncertain) Falseta 29: (Source: Diego Del Gastor)

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Bulerias Falseta Collection 1


Bulerias Falseta 1 ( Source: Agustin Rios/Paco del Gastor) Key: A Phrygian Mode. This falseta is one of Agustins; the first part is an excellent example of hemiola. Bar the 2 , 3 , 4th strings (only) with the first joint of your l.h. index finger, playing the ligados with the other available fingers (2,3, and 4). Right hand technique is all thumb.
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Bulerias Falseta 1 (Cont.)

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Bulerias Falseta 2 (Source: Paco del Gastor) Key: A Phrygian Mode I believe this falseta comes from Paco del Gastor, although Diego might have had a hand in it. In any case, it is one of my all-time favorites; lots of excellent ligado and thumb work. (The ending is my addition, imported from Juan Maya Marote; just one of many possible alternatives.) You can also start the falseta on count 12, inserting an extra count just before the final sequence.

Bulerias Falseta 3 (Source: Paco del Gastor) Key: A Phrygian Mode This also has Diegos influence; a strong use of thumb/ligado.

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Bulerias Falseta 4 (Source: Diego del Gastor, Agustin Rios) Key: A Phrygian Play Bulerias 04 Mode Heres a falseta of Diegos with a picado finale of Agustin Rios. Note the use of octaves in the 1st and 3rd measures. Also note the phrasing of the quadruplet picado sequences, and the ascending 3rds.

Bulerias Falseta 4 (Cont.)

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Bulerias Falseta 5 (Source: Paco del Gastor) Key: A Phrygian Mode This falseta makes good use of the 2nd and 3rd positions for the A Phrygian Mode.

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Bulerias Falseta 6 (Source: Diego del Gastor) Key: A Phrygian Mode

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Here is a short falseta of Diegos with some interesting syncopation and a typical use of the thumb.

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Bulerias Falseta 7 (Source: Diego del Gastor) Key: A Phrygian Mode This falseta is one of Diegos trademarks. Note the interesting phrasing.

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Bulerias Falseta 8 (Source: Diego del Gastor) Key: A Phrygian Mode A good ligado exercise in the 2nd and 3rd positions.

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Bulerias Falseta 9 (Source: Diego del Gastor) Key: A Phrygian Mode Heres another octave falseta with a syncopated ending.

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Bulerias Falseta 10 (Source: El Mellizo) Key: A Phrygian Mode This falseta (and the next one) are from Francisco El Mellizo, Diegos brother. These are some of the most haunting and beautiful Bulerias falsetas in the Flamenco repertoire, and in the proper setting can really inpire a singer. What is most important in falsetas like these is the notes that are NOT played........

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Bulerias Falseta 11 (Source: El Mellizo) Key: A Phrygian Mode Another beautiful falseta from El Mellizo.

Bulerias Falseta 12 (Source: Sabicas) Key: F# Minor (Relative to A Major)

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Agustin told me that this is one of Sabicas falsetas, although Ive never discovered it on any of his recordings. Nevertheless, it does have Sabicas compositional genius. You could also think of the falseta in Bm; however, I usually perform this falseta out of an A Major chording compas, as in the accompanying recording.

Bulerias Falseta 13 (Source: Paco del Gastor/Diego del Gastor) (F# Minor relative to A Major)

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Heres another falseta in the relative minor to A major. Ive heard a lot of guitarists perform this falseta, and am not absolutely certain of its geneology.

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Bulerias Falseta 14: (Source: Diego del Gastor) Key: A Major This falseta is another of Diegos famous trademarks. Use your 3rd finger (l.h.) for the slides. Use picado for the right hand. The melody is a Spanish folk song La Zarzamora (The Blackberry)

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Bulerias Falseta 14 (Cont.)

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Bulerias Falseta 15: (Source: Diego del Gastor) Key: A Major This falseta has some interesting lligado counter-rhythms in the last measures, as well as a method of expressing chords in 6/8 time (see also falseta 25).

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Bulerias Falseta 16: (Source: Diego del Gastor) Key: A Major Another of Diegos ideas. Falsetas like this are often improvised, and you get to hear them only once, if you happen to be in the right place, at the right time.

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Bulerias Falseta 17: (Source: Diego del Gastor) Key: A Major Diego often performed this falseta in juergas. It is a great picado falseta in the old style.

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Bulerias Falseta 18: (Source: Diego del Gastor) Key: A Major Heres another falseta of Diegos with an octave finale characteristic of the Moron style (see also falseta 19)

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Bulerias Falseta 19: (Source: Diego del Gastor) Key: A Major Heres another of Diegos famous trademarks. This falseta has great expressive good humor in the appropriate situation.

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Bulerias Falseta 20: (Source: Diego del Gastor) Key: A Minor Heres a falseta of Diego del Gastor in A minor. Use your thumb for this one.

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Bulerias Falseta 21: (Source: Diego del Gastor) Key: A Minor Another falseta in the old style, using octaves.

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Bulerias Falseta 22: (Source: Diego del Gastor) Key: A Minor Note the interesting way the phrases resolve in this falseta.

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Bulerias Falseta 23: (Source: Diego del Gastor) Key: A Minor Here is a melodic falseta of Diegos; again, note the interesting resolution.

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Bulerias Falseta 24: (Source: Diego del Gastor) Key: A Minor Another of Diegoss famous trademarks. He usually bends the chords a little for expression.

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Bulerias Falseta 25: (Source: Diego del Gastor) Key: A Minor This falseta is similar to Falseta 15 in concept; it somewhat reminds me of Autumn Leaves. (This brings up an interesting point. Often Diego would hear snatches of themes of American pop music (usually from Americans at the base in Moron), and woud work them into his toque. Americans at juergas would often be disconcerted by a Bulerias falseta with the theme of In a Little Spanish Town or even How dry I am thrown in with all the rest of the funky Gypsy stuff. Of course the Gypsies just thought it was more funky Gypsy stuff.

Bulerias Falseta 26 (Source: Diego del Gastor) Key: B Minor

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Heres a rather extended Bulerias falseta from Diegos Suite in B Minor; its construction is interesting; note the syncopation/polyrhythm (5 + 5 + 2) in the chord sequence. One point: I play this a little differently on the tape from the way it is written. After I recorded it, I went back and realized that the arpeggios were different from the way I learned it from Diego. The difference is slight; on the tape I alternate basses, where as Diego arpeggiated them.

Bulerias Falseta 26 (Cont.)

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Bulerias Falseta 27 (Source: Uncertain) Key: A Phrygian Mode

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This falseta and the next are similar, in the old style. You used to hear these performed quite often, but Im not sure whose they are. Perhaps Melchor de Marchena, or Morao, but maybe earlier. I doubt they are Diegoss, since they have a different style, or aire from his.

Bulerias Falseta 28 (Source: Uncertain) Key: A Phrygian Mode

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This falseta is a variation of the preceding one, and probably from the same source.

Bulerias Falseta 29: (Source: Diego Del Gastor) Key: A Phrygian Mode

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Heres yet another famous falseta of Diegos; he uses variations of this in various places, for effect.