Fandango Flamenco palo


The Fandangos flamenco palo group preceded cante flamenco since its roots lie deep in the Andalusian folk dances, going back to the 18th century, being supported by singing. At the end of the 19th century these dances surpassed the folkloric environment and became a flamenco palo on their own. The fandango group provides a comprehensive group of flamenco styles. A numerous of prominent flamenco singers like El Gloria, Pérez de Guzmán, Vallejo or José Cepero have developed fandangos according their personal approach, the so called fandangos "naturales or personal Fandangos. Several regions are known for their fandangos, like the fandangos from Huelva, from Lucena or from Malaga. And then there are the Malagueñas, Rondenas, Granainas and Murcianas, all deriving from the fandangos. Flamenco guitarist Nino Ricardo composed a typical way of accompanying the fandango, beginning with the Andalusia scale and moving to the major scale when supporting the singing. The fandagos can be sung with musical accompaniment or only in a capella way, rhythmically striking a table with a closed fist at the beginning, slowly progressing by opening out one's fingers. Nino Gloria and Manuel Torre are famous for their fandangos de Huelva. Cantaores such as El Chocolate have become very popular for their Fandago interpretations.

The rhythmic pattern of the Fandango compass consists of a straight 3/4 time:

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