Transcription of historic CD "Yerbagüena" by Pepe “Habichuela" This CD is considered historic for the following reasons: one, it is the first album that fuses Gypsy flamenco with the music of India, the homeland of the Romá (Gypsies). The ease with which Habichuela's guitar blends with the colorful Indian melodies of the Bollywood Strings, full of microtones and oriental embellishments is truly astonishing. Two, this work is a fruit of the combined effort of four different members of this outstanding flamenco family, the Carmona: maestro Pepe Habichuela; his son Josemi, himself a great guitarist, composer, arranger and producer; Juan Carmona, guitar virtuoso and also a great composer; and, last but not least, Antonio Carmona, an extraordinary percussionist.
The music on CD exudes the joy of living, pure and sincere as the ancestral wisdom of the Gypsy, who, through the thousands of years and miles preserved their soul and their art.
The transcription of "Yerbagüena" was complicated by the abundance of Indian instruments, two and sometimes three guitar tracks, singing, etc.. Surprisingly, maestro Vargas not only transcribed all the guitar tracks, but also arranged the most important parts played by the Bollywood Strings, the oud and the mandola for the second guitar. As a result, this work offers flamenco material for solo guitar as well as duos and trios. No need to say, flamenco pieces for more that one guitar have been virtually non-existent on the chart market. It should be added that all the tunes from this CD are perfectly playable on a solo guitar.
As in all of his books, Enrique Vargas offers detailed explanations on the forms included on the CD, foot marking, tonalities, the basics of the harmonic and melodic language of each form as well as the analysis of the most difficult compás, falsetas and technical aspects of the artist's style. This turns each book into a mini-manual of flamenco in general and the personal style of each guitarist in particular.
Enrique Vargas is the the author of all transcriptions, texts and analysis in volume set that has been exclusively approved by the artist.
Like all works of this collection, this transcription set is edited in Spanish and English, with the charts in notation and tab with complete both hands fingering.
The totality of this work offers the analysis and transcription of 9 themes of this CD, presented in different formats, in order to facilitate the access
The collection is presented in two volumes, which could be purchased separately. In addition to the transcriptions, each volume offers important information on the theory of flamenco, as well as detailed comments on the technical and interpretational aspects of different parts of the pieces.
VGEdiciones has made a great effort to make this work immediately accessible. Each one of the nine pieces can be purchased online together or separately. A pdf file of any piece will be available within seconds of the purchase.
Transcription of different parts of a piece in digital format with audio
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