To make the most of your visit to Seville, plan on seeing at least one flamenco show with guitar, singing, and dance during your stay. The more you see and listen to, the better! Even as solo flamenco guitarists, what we play evolved from interacting with singers and dancers. Understanding the big picture brings depth and context to your playing and breathes life into your interpretations.
I recommend the following flamenco tablaos (venues where you can see a complete performances of flamenco guitar, dance, and singing). All have websites and cater to tourists, but I can vouch for the authenticity of their shows. Most have two shows every evening, one at 7pm, one a bit later. Shows last about an hour and cost around 20€. If you want to be sure to get a ticket and a good seat, I recommend calling ahead to reserve and/or arriving very early.
Questions? Ready to book classes? Get in touch using the form, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by Whatsapp at +34 674 660 794.
Guitar student with classical background reviewing a flamenco 'falseta' after several intensive lessons.
Intensive, one-on-one instruction in the flamenco capital of the world
Guitar classes take place in my home in Calle Fray Isidoro de Sevilla. The map shows approximate walking times from a few common landmarks. I'll provide the exact address and detailed directions when you book.
Recording a video at the end of a flamenco lesson. Traditionally, flamenco students learn by rote - the teacher demonstrates, the student copies, and they repeat it together. Taking a few short videos at the end of class helps you recall the material when practicing.
Intensive, one-on-one flamenco guitar lessons in Seville
Recital of flamenco cante (singing) and guitar. Even if you just want to learn solo flamenco guitar, listening to flamenco singing gives context and depth to your playing.
Are you planning on visiting Seville and would like to take the opportunity to explore flamenco guitar? I offer private flamenco guitar lessons for students of all experience levels, beginner to advanced. My classes are geared towards visitors to Seville who come especially to explore flamenco guitar and culture, or who simply want to musically enrich their stay with a general introduction to flamenco. Students can take anywhere from one introductory class to several months of intensive classes.
All private guitar lessons take place in my home in Calle Fray Isidoro de Sevilla. It is a 30-minute walk from the Giralda Cathedral and a 9-minute walk from the Arco de la Macarena. I will provide the exact address and detailed directions when you book.
50€ per one-hour class
65€ per 90-minute class
If you are studying abroad in Seville and plan on taking weekly lessons for several months, I may be able to offer you a student discount. Just ask!
If you're visiting Seville, I can loan you a guitar for use during private guitar lessons (no charge!). If you plan on taking several flamenco guitar lessons, you will learn much faster with regular practice between classes. If you don't want the hassle or risk of traveling with your own guitar, I can rent you a guitar during your stay. The cost of rent is 30€ per week, plus cash deposit (50€ or 200€ depending on which guitar). I return the deposit when you return the guitar. Please check in advance on availability!
I'll be in Seville for several months. Can I rent your guitar long-term?
Yes, you can, if it's available, but it probably wouldn't make financial sense. You would be better off buying a cheap student guitar (around 150€) to use during your stay. If you don't want to take it with you, you can give it away (or, if you're lucky, sell it), when you leave.
I want to buy a nice guitar while in Seville, where should I go?
It mostly depends on your budget. You can get a decent factory-made guitar starting around 300 or 400€, which would be fine if you're a serious student on a tight budget. Hand-made, professional quality guitars start around 800€. Be sure to get a sturdy case to protect your guitar while traveling!
If you're looking for a student guitar, try:
Besides the guitar, what else do I need for flamenco guitar lessons?
A capo ('cejilla' in Spanish) is essential for flamenco guitar. A clip-on tuner is a good idea too. If you'll be taking many lessons, you should bring a smart-phone or other means of recording videos. If you're just taking one or a couple lessons, I can record the videos and email them to you.
What duration and frequency do you recommend for intensive flamenco lessons?
This depends entirely on your goals and desires for your guitar studies in Seville, how much practice time you want between classes, and how much sightseeing and traveling you want to fit in.
Some students want to pack as many classes as possible into their stay and arrange schedules such as:
Most students prefer a bit less intensity so that they have time and energy for sightseeing and relaxing. Examples of more typical lesson schedules are:
Where should I stay? Do you arrange accommodations for students?
I do not arrange accommodations for students. Seville is full of hotels, hostels, and AirBnB lodgings, you will have no trouble finding a place on your own. For students who are coming primarily for intensive flamenco guitar lessons, staying in the northern half of the 'Casco Antiguo' (the historic center) will put you close to classes and flamenco nightlife. Check out the map on the right and this larger map on the contact page to help you get a sense of the area and walking distances.
Is it okay if I'm a beginning guitarist?
It is perfectly fine if you are new to flamenco, I absolutely offer flamenco guitar lessons for beginners! In fact, most of my visiting students are beginners, at least in flamenco. That said, it will help a whole lot if you already know how to play another style of guitar. You should know how to play basic chords (G, C, D, E, A, D, and their minor versions) and be able to change chords easily. If you already know how to use your right hand to play arpeggios and melodies, even better.
Do I need to know how to read music?
Will you write everything in TAB?
You don't need to read music. Flamenco guitar lessons are traditionally taught by rote. That means that the teacher demonstrates, the student copies, and we repeat the material together until you know it. That is by far the best method of learning flamenco, and will keep you connected to the sound and feel of the music. It can be weird at first if you're used to learning from paper, but you'll quickly learn to trust your ear and hands more. At the end of each class, I will record videos of all the material and concepts we cover, and you will use the videos to study.
That said, I occasionally write out rhythms, TABs, or notation if a student needs to visualize something. Also, I have TABs available for certain repertoire. If you find that you strongly prefer working from TABs, we can use my resources.
Performance of flamenco dance, singing, and guitar. There are all sorts of hidden flamenco venues that a visitor wouldn't run across. I love pointing visitors to the best and most interesting places to discover flamenco.