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Tientos del Mentidero & Asturias

Updated: Jun 8, 2022

Tientos del Mentidero (Tientos) composed by Paco de Lucía and played by Juanito Pascual. The “tientos” is a 4/4 style of flamenco that has its roots in another flamenco style called the “tanguillo” which originated in the mid 1800s. The tientos is basically a very slow tanguillo (i.e., 70-90 BPM) written in the Spanish Phrygian mode.

(Flamenco Guitar)


Asturias (a.k.a., Leyenda). Written by Isaac Albéniz and played by John Williams. Asturias is one of the most popular classical guitar pieces in history. It was originally written for piano in 1892 and clearly showcases a strong flamenco influence based on its rhythm, harmony and phrasing. It is unclear who first transcribed it for guitar but most scholars agree that it was either Francisco Tárrega or Severino García Fortea. That said, Andrés Segovia’s transcription is considered the standard and is the most widely played.

(Classical Guitar)


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