The following is a guest post by Colin Lenox of Encore Music Lessons:
There are reasons why so many people are pursuing guitar lessons in Miami today. Guitar can be used in virtually all styles of music from classical to rock to folk, and has played an essential role in the development of modern music. Something about the guitar speaks not only to American culture but also Spanish and Latino cultures as well, and can be commonly heard in almost all Latin music. With a great guitar teacher, you’ll be able to explore a number of different musical varieties in guitar lessons and find out which ones you like best.
Miami, like all big cities, is a great city to hear rock and pop guitar music, but you also have the unique opportunity to hear lots of flamenco guitar and Latin music. For those not familiar with flamenco playing, it’s a very percussive form of fingerstyle guitar played on nylon strings. Although nylon strings are associated with classical guitar lessons and can sound soft and sweet, flamenco is usually very lively and up tempo. Ask your guitar teacher what nylon strings are if you don’t know.
Flamenco players use all of the fingers on their picking hand, except the pinky, with techniques like flicking their nails on the strings to produce a hard attack, and hitting their palms on the body of the guitar to make thumping bass sounds. Despite never using a pick, flamenco players can shred the guitar when soloing by alternating their first and second finger on their right hand.
For those taking flamenco guitar lessons in Miami, you can go to the Casa Panza Restaurant to see world renowned performer and flamenco guitar teacher Paco Fonta. Paco appears yearly at the Florida Folk Festival, collaborates with dance and theater companies all over the Miami area, and has recently recorded with Latino superstar Gloria Estefan.
Meson Ria De Vigo on Coral Way is a spanish tapa restaurant and is another great spot to see some excellent flamenco guitar music. You can also attend the Flamenco Festival Miami at the Ziff Ballet Opera House which brings in world class flamenco dancers and musicians each year.
These are just a few notable places to see flamenco guitar in action but keep your ears open because in a lively city like Miami great music is always just around the corner.
Rock, Pop, Metal
For those taking rock or pop guitar lessons in Miami don’t worry, there’s plenty of chances to rock out and see some great shows.
The Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino brings in huge name rock and pop stars like Eric Clapton, Joan Jett, and Sheryl Crow. Then there is the Fillmore Miami Beach – this is the place to go for high level touring bands like Coheed and Cambria and Wilco, or Miami’s very own Iron & Wine and Cat Power.
Are you a singer songwriter taking guitar lessons in Miami? Looking to perform your own music and hang out with other like-minded musicians? Check out an open mic at AV Studio or Speakeasy Lounge and start getting your music out there.
For metal and grunge players, get your fix at local favorite Churchill’s Pub or at the The Culture Room in nearby Ft. Lauderdale.
About The Author:
Colin Lenox is a blog writer and student coordinator for Encore Music Lessons. Colin is also a musician and music teacher with a degree in Jazz Studies on guitar from The University Of Vermont.