For those who are new to flamenco music the main problem lies in identifying the confusing variety of styles. Flamencologists classify the forms in a number of ways: gypsy / non-gypsy (gitano / payo), free / rhythmical (libre / a compás), serious / lightweight (jondo / chico), or by family (whichever you choose, you usually get some loose ends). But there is another useful distinction, and that is tonality. In addition to the usual major and minor keys, we encounter frequent use of the Phrygian mode (the Georgian mode based on E), whose plaintive melancholy sound is one of Flamenco’s most striking characteristics.



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Review "In recent decades some players have tried to develop flamenco beyond its traditional territory, absorbing external influences such as jazz - with which, in its use of traditional grounds and its element of improvisation, it has something in common - and bossa nova, but Paco Peña has remained loyal to flamenco puro and both he and it have duly prospered. Strongly recommended for the warm-blooded listener." John Duarte, Gramophone
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