Learning to play castanets can be frustrating, especially in the beginning.

But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t do it.

In the coming days I’ll be sharing some tips on how to deal with some potential frustrations that come with learning this (completely and totally worth it to learn) technique.

For today, let's look at the toque for the fourth copla por sevillanas.

As usual, you'll find it written in two different ways.  Use whichever makes the most sense to you.  And remember, there are different variations of the toques, and this is one of many!

Way 1

We'll call it the ria ria pita way:

La Cuarta

Ta ria chi pam ta ria pita

Ria ta ria ria pita

Ria ria pita ria ria pita

Ria ria pita ria ria pita

Ria ria pita ria ria pita

Ria chi pam ta ria pita

 

Ria ria pita ria ria pita

Ria ta ria ria pita

Ria ria pita ria ria pita

Ria ria pita ria ria pita

Ria pam ta ria pita

Ria chi pam ta ria pita

 

Ria ria pita ria ria pita

Ria ta ria ria pita

Ria ria pita ria ria pita

Ria ria pita ria ria pita

Ria ria pita ria ria pita ria

Pam ta ria pam

Way 2

Another way where each line begins with the sound on the 1:

La Cuarta with counts

1er tercio

1  2  3  1  2  3

Ta ria   chi  pam   ta   ria pi

1  2  3  1  2  3

Ta ria             ta    ria    ria pi

1  2  3  1  2  3

Ta  ria  ria  pita   ria   ria pi

1  2  3  1  2  3

Ta  ria  ria  pita   ria   ria pi

1  2  3  1  2  3

Ta  ria  ria  pita   ria   ria pi

1  2  3  1  2  3

Ta ria    chi pam  ta    ria pi

2° tercio

1  2  3  1  2  3

Ta  ria  ria  pita   ria   ria pi

1  2  3  1  2  3

Ta ria             ta    ria    ria pi

1  2  3  1  2  3

Ta  ria  ria  pita   ria   ria pi

1  2  3  1  2  3

Ta  ria  ria  pita   ria   ria pi

1  2  3  1  2  3

Ta ria          pam   ta   ria pi

1  2  3  1  2  3

Ta ria    chi pam  ta    ria pi

3er tercio

1  2  3  1  2  3

Ta  ria  ria  pita   ria   ria pi

1  2  3  1  2  3

Ta ria             ta    ria    ria pi

1  2  3  1  2  3

Ta  ria  ria  pita   ria   ria pi

1  2  3  1  2  3

Ta  ria  ria  pita   ria   ria pi

1  2  3  1  2  3

Ta  ria  ria  pita   ria   ria pi

1  2  3  1  2  3

Ta  ria          Pam  ta   ria

1

Pam

Look

I love watching the dancing por sevillanas con castañuelas in this video.

The Other Toques:

La Primera

La Segunda

La Tercera

And stick around, some castanets-frustration busting tips are soon to follow.

Comments

How did this work for you?  Out of all of the sevillanas with castanets, which one do you prefer?  Which one challenges you the most?  What has helped you in learning to play castanets while dancing sevillanas?  Leave a comment here.

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