Flamenco cadence


Typical chord progression of the Flamenco cadence is VI, V, IV, III

The Flamenco cadence is a sequence of four chords descending stepwise and creating a cadencial closure. The most typical chord progression of the Flamenco cadence is VI,V, IV, III in which the III is major dominant Phrygian, for more information Flamenco modes and scales.

Flamenco cadence

Example: When we play a Taranta in D, the flamenco cadence III becomes a F#b9.

Another characteristic of flamenco guitar music is that the chords progressions rarely appear as consonant triads, they are usually dissonant chords containing a minimum of four tones. Their variations depend on the song form and positions used on the guitar. A classic example of a flamenco guitar chord is E7b9. The addition of the b9 to the dominant seven creates an enchanting dissonance full of darkness.