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  • 10 Guitar habits I avoid like the plague
    10_guitar_habits_to_avoid.html

  • This 2 octave C Major practice scale is a purely mechanical scale exercise you can use to build up speed in picado practice
    2_octave_c_major_practice_scale.html

  • 2 Sevillanas.
    2_sevillanas.html

  • This 3 octave E Major practice scale is a good warm-up exercise to include in your daily practice routine. It's not just for flamenco of course, but it's a good excuse to practice picado
    3_octave_e_major_practice_scale.html

  • 4 stroke rasgueado - e a m i. Rasgueado lesson showing three typical applications of this common flamenco strum pattern.
    4_stroke_rasgueado_-_e_a_m_i.html

  • 4 stroke rasgueado - i e a m. A video lesson showing a single i e a m 4 stroke rasgueado. Learn how to play multiple i e a m 4 stroke rasgueados played in a continuous sequence.
    4_stroke_rasgueado_-_i_e_a_m.html

  • A set of five Sevillanas. Although a set of four Sevillanas is more typical when accompanying dancers on stage.
    5_sevillanas.html

  • A nightingale sang in Berkeley Square. A well known romantic British popular song made famous by Vera Lynn in 1940. This is my interpretation accompanied by block chords.
    nightingale.html

  • A nightingale sang in Berkeley Square. A well known romantic British popular song made famous by Vera Lynn in 1940. This is my interpretation accompanied by block chords.
    nightingale_take_2.html

  • About this site. What is Nylon Guitarist all about
    about_this_site.html

  • About me. Just who is this Sal person anyway? Just an opinionated, upstart nobody. That's who
    about_me.html

  • About my guitars. Many people have commented about the beat up looking guitar I use in my You Tube guitar videos. They want to know what brand it is. Why?
    about_my_guitars.html

  • Alabama Rain by Jim Croce
    alabama_rain.html

  • Alegrias reject - out of compas.
    alegrias_reject.html

  • Bent Fabric's simple piano foxtrot number Alley Cat is one of those tunes we all know but hardly anyone recognizes.
    alley_cat.html

  • Angel. My flamenco style version of a song recorded by Elvis Presley in the movie “Flaming Star” (1961) and later covered by Cliff Richard (1965) .
    angel.html

  • A freestyle guitar solo based on Davey Graham's Anji. This piece should not be confused with Davey Graham's original. My version is very different which is why I spelled it Angie.
    angie.html

  • Annie's Song is a John Denver song arranged for classical guitar Arrangement by David Boddington.
    annie's_song.html

  • Floating - Arpeggio study. A classical guitar study for developing arpeggios.
    arpeggio_study.html

  • Flamenco Guitar. A collection of original essays and articles by Sal Bonavita relating to flamenco.
    articles.html

  • Links to Flamenco in Australia
    australian_flamenco.html

  • Autumn Leaves. A Joseph Kosma song arranged for classical guitar Arrangement by David Boddington.
    autumn_leaves.html

  • Blank music paper. Tab and standard notation
    blank_music_paper.html

  • Blue Moon
    blue_moon.html

  • This is a loosely structured Bulerias with some original falsetas and some bits and pieces I learned from other people.
    bulerias.html

  • buy_my_products.html

  • This is my version of Study in A minor (Op 60 No 7) by Matteo Carcassi (1792 - 1853) morphed it into a buleria at the end. Hence the name Carcassi Por Buleria.
    carcassi_por_buleria.html

  • A simplified arrangement of the Catalan Folksong "El Noi de la Mare" by Miguel Llobet.
    catalan_folksong.html

  • "Flamenco Dance Forms" 29 tracks. 70 min.
    flamenco_dance_forms.html

  • Flamingo Eyeball CD
    flamingo_eyeball.html

  • A collection of original guitar audio and video in various styles.
    cds_-_dvd.html

  • Guitar. Chosing a guitar for playing flamenco.
    choosing_a_guitar_for_flamenco.html

  • A collection of classical guitar videos performed by Sal Bonavita.
    classical_guitar_videos.html

  • Coconut woman. Flamenco style arrangement of a song made famous by Harry Belafonte.
    coconut_woman.html

  • Coconut woman. Flamenco style arrangement of a song made famous by Harry Belafonte.
    coconut_woman_take_2.html

  • Colombiana by Paco Pena from his book Toques Flamencos.
    colombiana_(el_nuevo_dia).html

  • A chart showing how song and dance forms naturally fall into generic compas groups.
    compas_groups.html

  • A chart showing Compas similarities between the major song forms and the lesser known ones.
    compas_similarities.html

  • Coney Island Cakewalk. A ragtime piece from Richard Saslow's book "The Art of Ragtime Guitar". Download this book.
    coney_island_cakewalk.html

  • Contact form to send me a message
    contact.html

  • Copyright notice. Read this is you wish to use my original content in any way,
    copyright_notice.html

  • A short piece by Amilcare Ponchielli arranged for classical guitar by Jason Waldron. Dance of the Hours was also made into a silly song by Allan Sherman called "Hello Muddah, Hello Fadduh" (1963).
    dance_of_the_hours.html

  • Dance structure. This is typical of a typical Alegrias is structured.
    dance_structure.html

  • Dance the Night Away. A flamenco style version of Dance the Night Away by the Mavericks
    dance_the_night_away.html

  • This is based on "Danza" by Aaron Shearer from " Classical Guitar Technique Volume 2". The video is a straight rendition of Danza, plus an extra variation.
    danza.html

  • Dark Eyes. An English version of an old song written by by Ukrainian poet Yevhen Hrebinka
    dark_eyes.html

  • Dead pirate song. A strange little ditty about a dead pirate getting disturbed in his grave. I wrote this about 30 years ago.
    dead_pirate_song.html

  • Dona Dona. This Yiddish song by Sholom Secunda became very popular after Joan Baez sang it with her guitar.
    dona_dona.html

  • Donate. Leave Sal a tip.
    donate.html

  • Donate. Leave Sal a tip. Postal donations
    donate.html

  • Drover's dream. An Australian bush ballad about a sheep drover who falls asleep on his watch and loses all the sheep. In his dream a variety of bush animals get together and party.
    drover's_dream.html

  • Duende
    duende.html

  • Music and Video DVD
    dvd_-_music_and_video.html

  • An improvised Farruca solo by Sal Bonavita. It's really a typical collection of rhythm sequences and falsetas that could be used to accompany a basic Farruca dance.
    farruca.html

  • A classical guitar arrangement of Feelings by Morris Albert.
    feelings.html

  • Finger robotics. A practical guide to training the fingers to do what you want. What is muscle memory? Impovising.
    finger_robotics.html

  • Finger symbols and rasgueado stroke directions
    finger_symbols.html

  • Fingernails 1 - Intro
    fingernails_1_-_intro.html

  • Fingernails 2 - Close up
    fingernails_2_-_close_up.html

  • Fingernails 3 - Left hand
    fingernails_3_-_left_hand.html

  • Fingernails 4 - Thumb
    fingernails_4_-_thumb.html

  • Fingernails 5 - Index
    fingernails_5_-_index.html

  • Fingernails 6 - Summary
    fingernails_6_-_summary.html

  • Flamenco Guitar. A collection of original essays and articles by Sal Bonavita relating to flamenco.
    flamenco.html

  • A collection of flamenco guitar videos performed by Sal Bonavita.
    flamenco_guitar_videos.html

  • album_covers.html

  • It's not a Zapateado. It's not a Tanguillo either.
    flamenco_bubbles.html

  • Flamenco Compas
    flamenco_compas.html

  • Flamenco family tree. A chart showing the origins and connections of flamenco song and dance forms
    flamenco_family_tree.html

  • Flamenco metronomes. 12 beat compas metronomes that can be programmed for any accents or number of beats up to 12.
    flamenco_metronomes.html

  • A collection of flamenco style guitar videos performed by Sal Bonavita. Flamenco "style" means these pieces are not traditional flamenco but use flamenco style rhythms as accompaniment.
    flamenco_style_guitar_videos.html

  • Floating tremolo. A short study piece using 4 finger flamenco tremolo style.
    floating_tremolo.html

  • Freeware guitar books
    free_ebooks.html

  • free_guitar_stuff.html

  • Freight Train by Elizabeth Cotten
    freight_train.html

  • Girls Girls Girls. Words and music by Georg Kajanus 1975. When I was a little younger I thought the band Sailor was such a breath of fresh air. Apart from a mild interest in Abba and maybe ELO, they were the first musical group to really grab my attention after the Beatles disbanded. I could listen to their music all day.
    girls_girls_girls.html

  • This Granadinas is based on a study piece by Juan Martin from the book "El Arte Flamenco de la Guitarra".
    granadinas.html

  • This Granadinas is based on a study piece by Juan Martin from the book "El Arte Flamenco de la Guitarra".
    granadinas_take_2.html

  • Sal Bonavita plays Greensleeves
    greensleeves.html

  • A short Guajiras solo with basic rhythm and falsetas.
    guajiras.html

  • Guitar Lessons Disclaimer. I do not claim that what I do is the only way or the best way. What I teach are techniques that work for me.....
    guitar_lessons_disclaimer.html

  • guitar_software.html

  • Strings. Which vrand of guitar strings are most suitable for flamenco.
    strings.html

  • House on the hill. An original song by Sal Bonavita about a guy who goes mad drinking seawater.
    house_on_the_hill.html

  • I want you, I need you, I love you. A song originally recorded by Elvis Presley
    i_want_you.html

  • I was the one. A song originally recorded by Elvis Presley
    i_was_the_one.html

  • I Will by the Beatles
    i_will.html

  • Rasgueado lesson showing how to play index strokes. This is finger down and up strokes. This very basic rasgueado is an important element of more complex patterns.
    index_strokes.html

  • Jamaica farewell. Flamenco style arrangement of a song made famous by Harry Belafonte.
    jamaica_farewell.html

  • Recommended books for flamenco guitar
    learn_flamenco.html

  • Recommended books for flamenco guitar
    learn_classical.html

  • FAQ about learning flamenco guitar
    faq.html

  • Flamenco guitar lessons. A collection of video lessons showing various flamenco guitar techniques as well as some useful classical guitar techniques.
    flamenco_guitar_lessons.html

  • Lucille. A song by Kenny Rogers.
    lucille.html

  • Manitas De Plata - Flamenco Guitarist, or Not?
    manitas_de_plata.html

  • Maxwell's Silver Hammer. Fingerpicking Beatles song arranged by Eric Schoenberg
    maxwell's_silver_hammer.html

  • My Canary has circles under his eyes
    my_canary.html

  • my_friends.html

  • "My Way" is a song with lyrics written by Paul Anka and popularized by Frank Sinatra in 1969. According to Wikipedia, "the melody is based on a French song "Comme d'habitude" composed by Claude François and Jacques Revaux." This version was recorded as I was getting over a sore throat. In the last verse I nearly choked while singing the line "and not the words", but I wasn't going to do it all again.
    my_way.html

  • Nails and fingernail care. Repair broken nails
    nails.html

  • Palmas is flamenco hand clapping. This demonstration video shows the two types, hard and soft.
    palmas.html

  • Passionless music critics
    passionless_music_critics.html

  • Pearly Shells. A popular song based on the Hawaiian melody Pu'u o Ewa
    pearly_shells.html

  • Rapid alternate picking with i and m fingers. Although the finger rests on the next string like the typical classical guitar rest stroke, picado is a much more powerful technique.
    picado.html

  • Picado hand angles
    picado_hand_angles.html

  • Rapid alternate picking with i and m fingers. Picado vs rest stroke
    picado_vs_rest_stroke.html

  • A video showing how to help overcome the weak sound of the pinky when developing reasgueados. The pinky flick is not so much a technique as something that I found comes naturally.
    pinky_flick.html

  • Playing for dancers. How to get started with dance accompaniment.
    playing_for_dancers.html

  • Poor boy
    poor_boy.html

  • privacy_statement.html

  • Free download. Rafael Marin guitar method 1902. PDF Ebook
    rafael_marin_guitar_method.html

  • A collection of ragtime guitar videos performed by Sal Bonavita.
    ragtime_guitar_videos.html

  • Rasgueado mastery is something I believe everyone can achieve. Topics covered in Part One include: What is a rasgueado is? How many different rasgueado patterns are there?... and more.
    rasgueado_mastery_part_1.html

  • Rasgueado mastery. The 6 part master key
    rasgueado_mastery_part_2.html

  • Rasgueado mastery will be speeded by these 3 exercises. How to get an even sound when playing continuous rasgueado
    rasgueado_mastery_part_3.html

  • Rasgueado mastery. Common rasgueado patterns
    rasgueado_mastery_part_4.html

  • What I play here is a modified version of Jason Waldron's arrangement of Ravel's Bolero. The original version can be found in "Popular Classics of the Great Composers. Volume 1".
    ravels_bolero.html

  • Recuerdos de la Alhambra is a classical guitar tremolo solo by Francisco Tarrega.
    recuerdos_de_la_alhambra.html

  • Romance. AKA Romanza or Jeux Interdits. 3 variations on a theme.
    romance.html

  • Romance - Block chords. Another version of Romance AKA Romanza or Jeux Interdits.
    romance_-_block_chords.html

  • Romance - Ragtime. A ragtime version of Romance AKA Romanza or Jeux Interdits,
    romance_-_ragtime.html

  • Romance - tremolo. Romance AKA Romanza or Jeux Interdits.
    romance_-_tremolo.html

  • Rondo is a classical guitar solo by Filippo Gragnani
    rondo.html

  • Flamenco guitar solo by Sal Bonavita with sheet music. This is based on the Rumba style from Juan Serrano's book, "Basic techniques."
    rumba.html

  • My interpretation of Herenica Latina by Paco Pena. This Rumba is from the book "Toques Flamencos"
    rumba_herencia_latina.html

  • A guide to playing the Rumba rhythm style in the my Rumba video piece.
    rumba_rhythm_lesson.html

  • Show me the way to go home. A song about an intoxicated bar patron trying to go home after a night of drinking.
    show_me_the_way_to_go_home.html

  • Song regions. Flamenco song regions in Andalucia
    song_regions.html

  • A collection of songs accompanied in various guitar styles performed by Sal Bonavita.
    songs.html

  • Sound of Bells is also known as Sons de Carilhôes. Classical guitar solo by J. Texeira Guimaraes AKA Joao Pernambuco
    sound_of_bells.html

  • Strangers in the night is a classical guitar arrangent of a song made famous by Frank Sinatra.
    strangers_in_the_night.html

  • Sal Bonavita sings Suzanne by Leonard Cohen
    suzanne.html

  • tabs.html

  • Classical guitar arrangent of the famous jazz piece Take five by Paul Desmond. Written in 5/4 time
    take_five.html

  • This music ia not a traditional Tarantos but it offers some interesting challenges.
    tarantos.html

  • Teddybears picnic
    teddybears_picnic.html

  • Tempos and moods. A subjective look at the general emotional basis of the major forms.
    tempos_and_moods.html

  • The capo or cejilla. This is used in flamenco to change the key or to raise or lower the pitch of the music to suit the singer's voice.
    the_capo.html

  • The compás clock. A look at the various ways of counting and internalizing the 12 beat flamenco compas. Visualizing the 12 beats on a clock face is a good way to learn compas.
    the_compas_clock.html

  • The Fox. American traditional folk song about a fox who steals geese from farmer John and takes them back to feed his family
    the_fox.html

  • The Godfather movie theme by Nino Rota. This is a modified version of an original flamenco style arrangent by Pepe el Tiburon.
    the_godfather.html

  • The Owl and the Pussycat is a famous nonsense poem by Edward Lear, first published in 1871.
    the_owl_and_the_pussycat.html

  • The Wild Rover. An Irish pub song that some people believe originated in Scotland around 1830.
    the_wild_rover.html

  • Traditional Vs Modern Flamenco
    traditional_vs_modern_flamenco.html

  • A video lesson describing the typical classical guitar style 3 stroke tremolo used in the Recuerdos de la Alhambra video. The right hand fingers used are P a m i.
    tremolo_mastery_part_1.html

  • How to play 4 stroke flamenco guitar tremolo. Two finger patterns are covered here. The P m a m i pattern that I prefer and the more common P i a m i .
    tremolo_mastery_part_2.html

  • A video tutorial showing practice exercises for developing strong and reliable tremolo. It shows 3, 4, & 5 finger patterns.
    tremolo_mastery_part_3.html

  • 3 simple secrets for developing tremolo speed, efficiency and accuracy.
    tremolo_mastery_part_4.html

  • Floating - Tremolo study. A study piece for developing 4 stoke flamenco tremolo technique. The video shows Pmami pattern but it can also be practiced using the more common Piami.
    tremolo_study.html

  • A video lesson describing the triplet rasgueado P m P at various speeds from very slow to very fast. How to practice continuous rasgueado..
    triplet_rasgueado_p_m_p.html

  • A collection of original guitar videos in various styles.
    videosc.html

  • The arrangement Viva Espana is inspired by a track on a Canadian CD release called "Paco de Lucia and friends." It also appears on another compilation CD called, "Los Mejores Guitarras."
    viva_espana.html

  • Watercolors is a hybrid flamenco style guitar solo I put together combining flamenco rhythms with various picking styles.
    watercolors.html

  • What flamenco is NOT
    what_flamenco_is_not.html

  • What is compas. This will explain what compas is and why it is so important.
    what_is_compas.html

  • What now, what next, where to. A song originally recorded by Elvis Presley
    what_now,_what_next,_where_to.html

  • Your Mother Should Know. Fingerpicking Beatles song arranged by Eric Schoenberg
    your_mother_should_know.html

  • Zapateado. A study piece by Juan Martin from the book "El Arte Flamenco de la Guitarra".
    zapateado.html



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