What is the Flamenco Fandango?

Compared to other toques, flamenco fandangos have a shorter rhythmic cycle that may feel more familiar to musicians trained in classical or other Western music styles. Fandangos are an early form of flamenco music, influenced from Arab-Moorish music and Portuguese fado music. Flamenco Fandangos are generally festive and upbeat.

Fandangos have a 3/4 rhythm (previously 6/8, now 3/4 or 3/8), with an accent on the first beat. Most Fandangos are very metric and appropriate for dance. A common compás that can be felt is made up of 12 beats (2×6). However, others may have more of a free-form feeling (known as en toque libre or “very freely”).

There’s also a variety of regional Fandangos, known as fandangos locales, each with their own style and character. There are many regional sub-styles that could fall into this categorization, but the most prominent include:

  • Fandangos de Huelva
  • Fandangos de Málaga
  • Fandangos de Granada
  • Fandangos de Almería
  • Fandangos de Cadíz
  • Fandangos de Córdoba

Flamenco Fandangos Examples and Links

Below are some of my favorite Fandango guitar examples by Sabicas, Paco de Lucía, Paco Peña, and more!

Sabicas – Fandango “Por los Olivares”
Paco Peña – Fandangos de Huelva
Manolo Sanlúcar and Manuel Agujetas – Fandangos
Paco de Lucía – Fandangos de Huelva “Aires Choqueros”
Tomatito and Camarón – Fandangos