Flamenco Rumba

Disclaimer

Unlike other forms of music, I am still very much a student of flamenco. If you want first-hand knowledge of flamenco, you should find a good teacher.

Also, you should be careful with your hands. Playing flamenco is a lot of work and you shoould warm up slowly, stretch, take breaks, practice slowly and be patient.

Practice slowly

When you are first learning this stuff you need to practice very slowly. I would suggest setting the metronome on 60 and do one finger movement per beat. This is very slow, but if you want to learn it, it is highly suggested that you practice in this manner at first. It is important to focus on correct technique at first. Remember to stay relaxed. Slowly increase the metronome speed.

When you are starting out learning flamenco, you should get a teacher or be born in a family that knows flamenco. Learning online is not a good way to learn but it’s a start if you are curious.

Relax

If you want to be able to play flamenco, your hands need to be relaxed, or else you’ll never be able to play and you’ll hurt your hands. If these exercises are too difficult or your hands bother you, either do them slower, more gently and more relaxed. Try to simplify the exercise so you can work on one part. Or work on the framework of the exercise and fill in the details later.

Simple rumba beat

Basically, you stomp your foot on the 1 and clap and 2, 3, and 4. It gives it a sort of back beat.

Right hand patterns for rumba

Your can make anything that sounds good.  Check out the video lessons below.

Possible chords for a rumba

First you have the typical progression that many people associate with flamenco. These are some possible chords that you can use on the 5th string or the 6th string. Remember use a capo if you want to play in another key!

A minor, G, F, E


D minor, C, Bb, A


Many rumbas or parts of rumbas consist of two chords, like A minor to G major.

Check out these videos

Video lessons

Camaron in Paris with Tomatito!

This is a beautiful concert! One of the most famous rumbas that I think of off the top of my head.

Camaron – Como el Agua

Another version of the this song. It’s a great song.

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