Bulerías Guitar. Faksetas


Bulerías is the name of one particular flamenco rhythm style, a flamenco form. "Bulerías" means bustle, teasing and crowded with people, all at the same time.

Personally, I don't like the typical description that many websites offer when it comes to describe the meaning of Bulería.

Wikipedia: Bulería, interchangeable with the plural, bulerías, is one of the most popular and dramatic of the flamenco forms and often ends any flamenco gathering. The name bulerías comes from the Spanish word burlar, meaning "to mock" or bullería, "racket, shouting, din".

Bulerías' naming aside, it is a flamenco form, a rhythm, singing, guitar playing and dancing style. We have a great deal to discuss here. Let's start by saying that inside flamenco world, the rhythms, are called "Palos", which means in a way "mood".

Marina Heredia Singin Soleá.
Marina Heredia Singin Soleá.

Depending on your mood, you will want to play bulerías or soleá. They are, of course, different moods. Soleá tends to represent a sad, lonely mood.

On the other hand, "Bulerías" represents the crowded life style of Andalusian houses from the XVI century. Like in many Andalusian houses, where the house was constructed around an Andalusian courtyard, neuralgic centre of the life and experience sharing attitude.

Bulerías Flamenco Guitar Lesson: INTERMEDIATE

Bulería Falseta in A:

Bulerías Flamenco Guitar Lesson: Compas BEGINNERS

Bulería Strumming Pattern:


Two guitar lessons:

#1. Bulería Diego del Morao in B / si.

#2. Bulería in A.

#3. Bulería E flat

#4. Buleria Falseta E flat (2)

#5. SUPER BEGINERS: Buleria Rythm patern

How Bulerías style changed over de centuries

Bulerías guitar and dancing. Painting of an Andalusian courtyard, 1873. Bulerías guitar and dancing style from the time of the painting. José García Ramos (1852-1912) "Fiesta flamenca":

Bulerías guitar and dancing
Painting of an Andalusian courtyard, 1873. Bulerías guitar and dancing from the time of the painting. José García Ramos (1852-1912) "Fiesta flamenca"
Bulerías Andalusian courtyard, 2010, in Jerez de la Frontera, Spain.
bulerias history
Bulerías, Andalusian courtyard, 2010

Going backwards, the typical Bulería scene could had taken place in the high-middle-age street markets sort of, however, bulerías was not invented yet. Being the antique street market, or the Andalusian courtyard one, any of them can be perfectly describes the mood of the bulerías.

As time went by, years and decades passed, almost two centuries passed! since the first historical records of  bulerías in the Andalusian life took place.

As you can see, the Flamenco is an art of great antiquity and some Spanish historian say that it comes from before. It is said the the very first records, the first signs of a shift from arabic music to Andalusian style, are from the time of the Moors, in the Middle Age historically speaking,

Just to let you know, 55% of the "flamencos" call it Bulerías -with "s"-, while the rest just Bulería. One Bulerías or Bulería; two Bulerías, and so on. "Flamenco" is the person who drives his life based on the flamenco culture and habits, "He has a flamenco life style". They normally are artists such as musician, gypsies, dancers singers, etc, but also they are part of the society of everyday people. 

The same plural-singular effect occurs with the word "Tango", but in it this particular case it is pretty much clear that the very true name is Tangos. "Let's play one tangos", not to speak of the Alegrías, etc, etc.

To cut a long story short, flamenco is not only a music style, but a life style.

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P.S. Below is the first version of the video lesson I pasted in the first paragraph. I decided to keep it as it is even the fact that the sound is very low. Please comment if you believe that at least one person  might find it of his interest:

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8 Thoughts to “Bulerías”

  1. Santiago

    Thanks Sara! I hope this post helps understand buleria better. Warm regards!

  2. Eduaya

    Nice! Hope to learn more guitar lessons 🙂

  3. Santiago

    Hey Eduaya! Thanks a lot for your comment! I am glad to hear that you found this lesson helpful. If you have any doubts on any flamenco or spanish guitar technique, please let me know and and will try my best to show you how to deal with it. Hope to see you soon mate!

  4. The excitement and passion that comes from the rhythms of Bularias are indescribable . The tempo has to continue consistently and the parades have to be perfectly timed. I notice how well you adjust to all the requirements. I like your style of teaching and I will follow your methods. Thank you for your postings.

    1. Santiago

      Thank you so much Jorge! New contents every day (I try;))!

  5. Eduardo Heredia

    Hola Maestro,

    Solo para comentar que me gusta mucho el estilo que imprimes en lo que aquí estas haciendo. El artículo por sí solo lo vale y el añadido cultural es genial. Felicidades y sigue así!!

    Just to say that i like a lot your website and the particular style you put on your lessons. The class its worth by itself plus the cultural component added here. Congrats and keep going !!

    Saludos y Olé !

    1. Santiago

      Gracias Edu!!!! Eres una persona maravillosa!!! Nos vemos pronto en el próximo vídeo en vivo, y esta vez intentaré no enojarme:)

      Thank you very much my friend!! I really appreciate your support and hope to see you soon in my next live streaming session! Warm regards!

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