A Melodic Memory in a Keepsake Magnetic Figurine: Classical Spanish Guitarist
In the many centuries since the guitar was created in Spain it has been the dominant musical instrument in classical Spanish music, making this collectible fridge magnet a very representative souvenir from Spain. Music plays a central role throughout Spanish culture, varying in styles from region to region but all the while retaining the intricacies of melody and sound that are so iconic of Spanish guitar. With this amazingly versatile musical instrument Spain has had a significant influence on music all over the world. Spanish explorers brought the guitar to the New World in the 15th century and influenced the music of the entire Western World, from classical music, to flamenco, to country western, rock and roll and the blues.
Spanish guitar music retains its identity even in modern music culture, with easily recognizable techniques that make the sound so expressive.
Where Can You Hear Guitar Music in Spain?
Anywhere you go on your Spanish holiday you are certain to have the opportunity to hear the melodic strains and the intricately interwoven chords of picado. Toque is the art of playing flamenco music on the guitar, and although the flamenco is regionally local only to the southern part of Spain, its popularity as a performance art has spread throughout the country, affording visitors many opportunities to enjoy a flamenco show and even to participate in learning how to dance flamenco. Flamenco performances are given at dinner theaters and nightclubs in Madrid, Barcelona, Seville, Grenada, Cordoba and all over. You can see a great professional flamenco performance every Sunday at La Claca in Valencia, and in Grenada you can watch an authentic gypsy flamenco performance in the Caves of Sacramonte.
You can also listen to contemporary Spanish guitar music anywhere played by such notable guitar artists as Rodrigo, Jorge Paloma, the Gypsy Queens, Francesco Tarrego, and Carlos Santana.