Last week you heard the letra that we studied with José 'El Mijita' on the Flamenco Tour to Jerez. This week I want to share with you the coletilla we worked on. (Along with another video snippet)

A coletilla por bulerías

Tú lo que camelas
es verme tú a mí cantando por La Plazuela

What you love
is to watch me singing in the Plazuela*

Now THAT is a mouthful.

Not. easy. to. sing.

Getting all of the words in the last line out of your mouth, number one, in compás, number two, while playing palmas, number three, and following the melody, number four.

Like I said, not easy to do. But we sure had fun trying.

See for yourself in the following video snippets:

José El Mijita cantando por bulerías

You can see the other video snippet from that class, part of the letra, here.

La Plazuela

Just in case you're not familiar with it, La Plazuela is an importantísimo flamenco barrio in Jerez as well as a small plaza within the neighborhood. The neighborhood is also called San Miguel. Here's a picture of the statue of La Paquera in the Plazuela steps away from the apartments where we stay on the Flamenco Tour to Jerez. You can see video of the barrio here.

An aside:

I recently came across this article and thought you might be interested. It's a good quick read on the history of flamenco and where it's going.

Comments

Have you ever attempted to sing flamenco? For fun perhaps? Or to broaden your understanding of the language of flamenco? How did you deal with the phrasing? Let me know in the comments.

Going There

Get in on the fun, and join me in Jerez this fall! (Or perhaps you'd prefer to go to Barcelona? Get the details on both Flamenco Tours to Spain here.

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