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Gustavo Alonso L.

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Develop your guitar skills with personalized lessons from a skillful guitarist.

I specialize in flamenco guitar, one of the richest styles of guitar playing. The techniques and fundamentals of flamenco are valuable resources for any guitarist, regardless of genre or style. While everything is taught through the filter of flamenco, students will gain a wealth of knowledge applicable to the guitar in general. One can expect to start by developing a full technical routine aimed at developing stamina, strength, precision, and speed. All fundamental techniques will be introduced. Rhythm will be emphasized throughout. Harmony studies will be introduced where appropriate. Repertoire is given according to each student's capabilities and tastes, including resources for accompanying dance and singing.
About Gustavo Alonso L.

PERSONAL BIO I am a North American flamenco guitarist currently living in Walla Walla, Washington. My music is grounded in traditional flamenco and incorporates elements of jazz, classical, and world music. My fascination with music and the guitar began early, and I picked up the instrument in earnest at the age of 19. Starting on electric guitar, my focus switched to flamenco after a few years. My initial curiosity towards flamenco quickly became a full-fledged obsession, as I was enamored with the strength, depth, and complexity of the art form. Initially self-taught, I later refined my playing with several of North America’s top flamenco guitarists. In spring of 2014, I independently recorded Punto Lejano, my first full-length studio album, at Empty Sea Studios in Seattle, WA. This original flamenco-jazz album draws on a variety of musical sources. In 2017, I was awarded a Fulbright performing arts fellowship to pursue intensive flamenco studies in Sevilla, Spain, at the Fundacion Cristina Heeren de Arte Flamenco. Here I deepened my knowledge of flamenco under the tutelage of master guitarists Pedro Sierra, Pedro Barragán, and Paco Cortés. I then spent another year with maestro Eduardo Rebollar of Artes Escenicas Rebollar before returning to the States. I'm also influenced by the music of Paco de Lucía, Pepe Habichuela, Manolo Sanlúcar, Tomatito, Moraíto Chico, and Miguel Ángel Cortés. TEACHING APPROACH My approach towards teaching prioritizes the student's self-described goals. If students want to be challenged and pushed hard, I push them hard. If simply enjoying the instrument is most important, that's perfectly okay too. I believe it's impossible to separate technique from other aspects of one's musicality, such as expression. Therefore, all students will start with the fundamentals of technique and will build on this as they move into the study of rhythm, harmony, accompaniment resources, and more. The responses to the Student Questionnaire, along with a short, introductory discussion, will allow us to create a plan tailored to each student. I believe all healthy learning relationships start with respect, and not just from student-to-teacher, but also from teacher-to-student. I've always felt the best teachers are those capable of uncovering and giving life to the strongest qualities already present within a student. Therefore, I encourage all students to be proactive and engage in their own learning plan. My primary role is to be the guide. To paraphrase the great flamenco singer Enrique Morente: "In flamenco there are no teachers, only disciples."

Teaches Beginner, Intermediate

Teaching since 2014

Musical Instrument Study and Predoctoral Graduate Research

Age: 15+

Speaks Spanish, English

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Subject: Guitar
Flamenco Guitar
Teaches 2 subjects. Different subjects may have different prices.
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Fantastic teacher! Extremely skilled in playing flamenco guitar and he’s just as knowledgeable about the history behind it as well. I had such little knowledge about the style before starting the lessons and I’ve learned so much in just a few short weeks. I also truly had no idea how different the style of flamenco playing was compared to other conventional types of guitar playing. I’ve absolutely enjoyed challenging myself learning these brand new techniques and Gustavo has been extremely helpful every step of the way. If you are interested in learning this style of playing, I highly recommend him as a teacher!

Posted Mar 4, 2023

Absolutely excellent flamenco guitar teacher. Very knowledgeable, impressive player, and comes well prepared with teaching material to each lesson.

Posted Apr 30, 2021

I've been studying guitar for about 15 years, primarily jazz before I met Gustavo. I've never had an instructor that even comes close. He makes a difficult and seemingly inaccessible style of guitar accessible and fun! He's incredibly well educated, not only on the music itself but also on the history and culture of Flamenco; you're getting much more than just a guitar lesson. On top of that, he's also just a wonderful person.

Posted Jul 27, 2020
May 2010 - Present
Over eight years experience as a working flamenco guitarist, participating in numerous collaborations, leading performance groups, and producing concerts and recordings. Have worked with flamenco dancers, singers, other guitarists, and also jazz and classical musicians. Independently recorded and produced an original flamenco-jazz album in 2014, entitled "Punto Lejano" (A Distant Point).
Predoctoral Graduate Researcher
Sep 2017 - Jun 2018
Independent and with Fulbright US Student Program
Location: Sevilla, Spain. During the 2017/18 academic year I carried out a study/research project for the Fulbright program, in collaboration with the Fundación Cristina Heeren de Arte Flamenco. This focused on the flamenco guitar, including advanced instrument training, artist interviews, and development of new original music. Created and launched the website "Palabras Flamencas" (Flamenco Words) as part of this work. During the 2018/19 academic year I continued this work independently, in collaboration with Artes Escenicas Rebollar.
May 2003 - Aug 2017
LMN Architects, Miller Hayashi Architects, ZGF Architects, Blakely Johnson & Ghusn, Inc.
Over ten years of professional experience in awarding-winning architecture firms.
Musical Instrument Study and Predoctoral Graduate Research
Oct 2018 - Jun 2019
Artes Escenicas Rebollar
Predoctoral Graduate Research
Sep 2017 - Jun 2018
Fulbright US Student Program
Master of Architecture
Sep 2004 - May 2007
Washington University in St. Louis
Bachelor of Science - BS, Architecture
Sep 2000 - May 2004
University of Nevada - Las Vegas
Native Proficiency
Professional Proficiency
Registered Architect, Washington & Texas
Jan 2016
Washington State Department of Licensing, Texas Board of Architectural Examiners
Fulbright Performing Arts Fellowship
Sep 2017
United States Department of State
American Institute of Architects
Jan 2016
Based in Washington, D.C., the AIA has been the leading professional membership association for licensed architects, emerging professionals, and allied partners since 1857. With nearly 300 state and local chapters, the AIA serves as the voice of the architecture profession and the resource for our members in service to society.
Aug 2014
Broadcast Music Inc. was founded in 1939 by forward-thinkers who wanted to represent songwriters in emerging genres, like jazz, blues and country, and protect the public performances of their music. Operating on a non-profit-making basis, BMI is now the largest music rights organization in the U.S. and is still nurturing new talent and new music.

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