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Flamenco Guitar Transcriptions
Bulería Rasgueados
19 December 2020

Unless otherwise indicated, the following rasgueados are used as ending phrases over beats 7-10.

Rasgueados 1-3 are shown here to offer a way of building up to rasgueado 4. Rasgueado 2 can be found in the playing of Perico del Lunar, Niño Ricardo and Melchor de Marchena, among others.

rasgueados 1-3

Rasgueado 4 is the classic three-finger rasgueado. Notice that, with the little finger, the pattern would involve one beat of sixteenth notes and two beats of quintuplets. Rasgueados 5-6 are variations with quintuplets at beat 9. Rasgueado 5 starts with an index upstroke.

rasgueados 4-6

Rasgueados 7-10 start at beat 7.5. Notice that the a-m-i pattern seen in rasgueados 7 and 8 could also be distributed as a single sixteenth note and two beats of quintuplets. Rasgueado 9 makes use of the little finger.

rasgueados 7-9

Rasgueado 10, from a recording of Cepero, ends with an index downstroke. Rasgueados 11-13 are played over beats 1-3 to sustain the B-flat chord until beat 10 or for another compás. Rasgueado 11 is Melchor, 12 is a modern alternative and 13 is Rafael Alarcón.

rasgueados 10-13

Rasgueados 14 and 15 are played over beats 1-6 (alternating or repeating them) to set up the ending of the compás with a rasgueado such as number 4. This classic strumming sequence is often played over the chords D minor-C-B flat-A (or the same starting with F or B flat). In rasgueado 16, attributed to Marote, the "q" is a thumb upstroke and the "m" indicates the middle and ring fingers together.

rasgueados 14-16
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