has definitely got to be hearing the caída!
And not only that, but hearing when it's about to happen!
If you're keen to improvise your heart out to Bulerías it's crucial to train your ear for the caída – otherwise you won't feel 100% confident about when to come in with a super cool remate.
And that's just a waste of your talent that we all want to see 😎😍
Soooo.. I'm putting together a little series to help you train your ear for the caída AND for when it's about to happen!
HINT: The caída falls in the last 6 counts of the second sung line (on counts 7, 8, 9, 10 to be more precise).
A 'typical' Bulerías de Jerez letra can look like this:
- first sung line
- repeat of first sung line
- second sung line
- repeat of second sung line
👓 Watch the 30 second clip below and get ready to read the prompts, train your ear and listen out for the caída!
Did you notice, when María is singing the second sung line, she does a little pointing thing back and forth 4 times with her hands, right before the caída. This is a typical tell tale sign, which a lot of singers use, right before singing the caída.
This is one way to help get yourself familiar with the nuances of Bulerías - is to study the body language of the singers (and guitarists) and see how they express themselves physically while singing, or playing. Quite often you can pick up visual cues. Which in turn helps you train your ear to the auditory cues. Bonus 😉
🎤 The amazing cantaora in this clip is the beautiful María Vargas ❤
Here's a link to the whole video on FaceBook by Lo Ferro Flamenco:
María Vargas al toque de Antonio Carrión por bulerías
Look out for Part 2, coming soon!
I share my step-by-step framework teaching flamenco dancers how to pull off the perfect pataíta and dance 'in the middle' (aka improvise!) without feeling terrified, not hearing the cues or knowing the parts of the dance!