Guillermo McGill ~ Practica el Cajon Flamenco ~ DVD
In the second volume McGill and Co. perform Bulerias, Alegrias, Bulerias por Solea, Seguiriyas, Tangos, Tanguillos, and Rumba. The viewer is given the option of watching the entire ensemble (guitar, singer, dancer, palmas and cajon) or choosing a full screen close-up of the cajon player from different angles. Further you have the option of muting just the cajon part so as to play along with the rest of the ensemble. The DVD is multi-format (NTSC and PAL). 60 minutes.At last a detailed, comprehensive method to playing the Cajon in Flamenco. Presented by Guillermo McGill (whose long list of credits includes work with Chano Dominguez, Canizares, Riqueni, Morente, Esperanza Fernandez, John Abercrombie, Joe Pass, Juan Maya "Marote," Pardo, Benavent, Javier Ruibal, Ana Belen, Joan Manuel Serrat, Martirio...) and Faustino Nunez (recognized author and lecturer on Flamenco and other musical topics), with live music and dance by Eva Duran, Ana Salazar, Angelica Leyva "La Tremendita," and Jose Luis Ordonez Gil.In this first volume, McGill covers playing positions for the hands and body, catalogs, explains and demonstrates the many sounds that can be produced by the cajon, a set of basic rudiments, and exercises for their development. He then works through all the principal rhythms of Flamenco (first the 4's, then the 3's, the 12's, the polyrhythms...) demonstrating the use of the Cajon and each and offering exercises for further practice. Finally, there are chapters on complementary percussion instruments, an interview, and even a chapter on building a cajon. All very thorough and well presented. Recommended.