Since most of us do not grow up in real Flamenco surroundings, we perceives two major groups of students taking flamenco guitar lessons. The first group taking flamenco guitar lessons are considered as those that are not familiar with the knowledge of music theory. This group is not able to understand the typical voicings and rhythms, to memorize the fingering or to write done their guitar classes, facing a hard time when attending flamenco guitar classes in the Spanish way, most often leading to disappointments. Before actually going to Spain, this group is better off with local flamenco guitar lessons, teaching you the related chord names, scale modes and tempos. Additional online flamenco guitar instructions or flamenco guitar DVD lessons focusing on these areas, are very helpful as well.
The second group is a smaller group, having a detailed musical knowledge, being able to analyze everything and to read and write music. This group can benefit from taking flamenco guitar lessons in the Gypsy way, by just listening, looking, repeating, imitating and playing.
Effective flamenco guitar lessons should comply with several criteria. Beginners should focus on technique rather than on playing falsetas. The skills of beginning flamenco guitar students, strongly focusing on techniques in small proportions of typical Flamenco arpeggios, picados, rasgueados, alzapuas, tremolos, later on combining all of them; eventually will evolve in playing any kind of falsetas.