- Paperback: 146 pages
- Publisher: Stratford Artists Publications; 2nd edition (1997)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0692317511
- ISBN-13: 978-0692317518
- Package Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.8 x 0.7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 3 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,660,473 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Keys to Flamenco Guitar, Part III: Concert Solos for Flamenco Guitar (Book & CD) Paperback – 1997
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The long-awaited second edition of Dennis Koster's internationally acclaimed Keys to Flamenco Guitar, Part III - Concert Solos for Flamenco Guitar now includes Dennis Koster's best selling MusicMasters CD Flamenco Clásico. The CD includes all the scores in the book along with bonus track Lamentos y Tangos. Score is in standard music notation and guitar tablature. Contents: Introduction, Masters of Concert Flamenco, Structure and Style of Concert Flamenco Solos, A Note to Classical Guitarists, Table of Symbols, Alegrías - in the Style of Sabicas, Rondeñas - in the Style of Ramón Montoya, Farruca - in the Style of Niño Ricardo, Granadinas - in the Style of Sabicas & Escudero, Siguiriyas -in the Style of Sabicas & Escudero, Tarantas - in the Style of Sabicas, Danza Mora - in the Style of Esteban de Sanlúcar, Homenaje a Carmen Amaya (Bulerías), Homenaje a Sabicas (Soleares).
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The second (considerably revised and corrected) edition of Vol. 1 is published by Mel Bay; please see my review of that for generalities.
This, the revised edition of Vol. 3. is published by Stratford Artists, and is accompanied by a CD (as the original version was not)
The new edition of Vol. 2 is not yet available, but is (Mr Koster tells me) in process.
This, the 3rd and final part of Mr. Koster's opus, draws together all the lessons covered in Vol. 1 and Vol. 2 in extended pieces for solo guitar, suitable for the concert stage. It thus assumes, if not actual completion of the previous course of study, a comparable degree of competence.
The new edition is, unlike the original, accompanied by a CD recording — which is in fact the author's 1999 album Flamenco Clásico.
The music of all the pieces is presented in both staff notation and tab, as follows:
01) Farruca (in the Style of Niño Ricardo)
02) Granadinas (in the Style of Sabicas & Escudero)
03) Danza Mora (in the Style of Esteban Sanlúcar)
04) Tarantas (in the Style of Sabicas)
05) Alegrías (in the Style of Sabicas)
06) Siguiriyas & Saetas (in the Style of Sabicas & Escudero)
07) Rondeña (in the Style of Montoya & Escudero)
08) Soleares (original)
09) Lamentos y Tangos (original)
10) Bulerías (original)
Everything is (as always) accompanied by extensive notes.
The recording is good, and the amount of material is very extensive, bringing the total time to 70'12" for only ten pieces.
The book is clearly printed is conventionally bound, but opens (fairly) flat without too much trouble. The CD is in a plastic sleeve attached to the back cover.
Taking the three volumes in together, they constitute one of the most complete methods for the flamenco guitar that I'm aware of (I can't say THE most complete available, since flamenco methods are now multiplying like rabbits, faster than I can keep track of them. Unlike many of the others, however, this one has stood the test of time).
I recommend all three books thoroughly.
I received a free copy of this item for review.
Pressure of work has so far prevented me from working through the new edition from start to finish; so the above is based to a certain extent on the original edition (which I have been using for many years, together with the original recording).
style. Concert solos. If you're looking for bulerias
falsetas and such look elsewhere.
Hard to play for sure, though the faruca, alegrias
and a few others are approachable for intermediate
I'm looking for something that gives a thorough treatment
to flamenco tangos. This book isn't it, but if mr Koster
produced something like that I would buy it.