The right hand in flamenco is very special.
Although flamenco hand is very similar to classic
guitar playing, the right hand is where they part.
base flamenco on what is called "up- and down
strokes" with your fingers. The fingers on your
right hand are named "p, i, m, a, e", thumb,
index, middle, ring and little finger.
In order to play these flamenco techniques fairly
well, you need strong finger nails. For this, you need
a professional nail glue that contains pure refined
cyanoacrylate and self-adhesive silk. You first apply
a layer of cyanoacrylate and before it dries, you apply the
self-adhesive silk. If you want thicker nails, apply
some more glue and repeat this with another layer of silk.
Finally, you file and polish the nails with a 4-step buffer.
The length of the little finger should be longer than the
others to compensate the length .
Your first exercise will be to do an up- and down strokes
with your index fingers. You let your thumb rest on
the E-base-string. Then you bend your index finger up
to the palm were your thumb starts. From there you
flick out the index downwards across the strings.
Then you come back, hitting the strings on your way up to
the starting position. Here is how it looks like,
written in notes:
The first arrow marks the
downbeat with the index and the second, the upbeat.
Now you can practice this a few times. Notice that you
don't drag your index across the strings. You hit them
so it sounds like one beat. Do this continuously,
down-up, down-up...etc. Now you're starting to feel a
rhythm. Then you increase the speed. This is
where the flamenco developed from. From here we go to
the basic techniques used in flamenco.