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Let's look at a letra together!

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Do you know when to listen out for the caída?

One of the things some of us can struggle with when improvising Bulerías Por Fiesta, is knowing when to come in, or 'hearing' the caída..

Not to mention hearing it in enough time to be able to use it 😐 – for example to do a remate or prepare for a llamada..

That's why it can be useful to sit back and listen to a lot of Bulerías, without the pressure of having to improvise, and train your ear to hear the cues:

  • Is the singer lengthening the phrase?
  • Are they using an extra compás?
  • Are they about to resolve with the caída?

But how do you train your ear if it all sounds the same? That's what this post is for! Watch the little training video below, and as the cantaor sings the letra, I have put notes on the screen to describe what we're listening to 🎧😊

Being able to look at what you are listening to might just be the key for you to understand it better 🔑 and pick out the nuances when they occur. 👍

What to listen out for in this letra:

In this particular letra, the cantaor sings the first sung line then takes a respiro. Then he sings a repeat of the first sung line, and lengthens this phrase by a medio compás – an extra 6 counts.

Next the cantaor sings the second sung line, and then a repeat of the second sung line. Look out, and listen out, for the caída at the end of the second sung lines!!

The letra..

The letra I have used in this video lesson has been taken from the song 'Fiesta por Bulerías', from the album 'Fiesta y Cante Jondo'. (I have slowed it down from the original version...)

Here's a link to it on YouTube:
Fiesta por Bulerías - Jerez

Here's a copy of the lyrics:
Ay me daban a mi
Hay de locuras tentaciones
 cuando yo te veo venir

I hope you enjoyed this post and its helps you understand the cante better!

Until next time, happy dancing 💃🏼
Belinda x
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Author: Belinda Retamal
Belinda has been dancing flamenco since the age of 10 and is passionate about helping other aspiring dancers learn flamenco without spending years to master the basic skills.

You can find out more about Belinda at http://www.theflamencocoach.com/about
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