Escuela de guitarra flamenca del Maestro Rafael Cañizares | Barcelona

Testimonials from students

Testimonials from students of the Rafael Cañizares School of Flamenco Guitar

Here you’ll find opinions about the experiences of students of different levels at different times.
If you would like to leave your opinion, please write to us at web@rafaelcanizares.com and describe your experiences at the school. We would be more than happy to publish them. Please do not forget to attach a photo (minimum 200×200 pixels) of yourself.
 
Pablo Castro Nieto

After finishing my superior studies of the classical guitar, I found a way to approach flamenco and decided to begin with the maestro Rafael and take his intensive flamenco course. The experience couldn’t have been better. Rafael understands the virtues and the defects of the classical guitar and he has been able to adapt to my necessities and has satisfied my doubts totally. Of course, always supporting of this with his profound knowledge of the technical, harmonic, and esthetic ways of the flamenco guitar. The classes are very intense, full of joy with inexhaustible material and with all the passion and heart that the Maestro puts in it. This makes him stand out from the rest. I will definitely repeat the course as soon as I can, without a doubt. A big hug Maestro, till we see each other again!

Pablo Castro Nieto
Claudia Schwarzer

I’ve had in Italy, for many years, a school of classical guitar and I wanted to get close to the flamenco guitar since I thought it could be and important enlargement for the professional formation.
So, looking in Internet, I found Rafael’s school and I clearly saw that taking his intensive summer course would be a good opportunity for a foreigner like me.
When I first met him, I was overwhelmed by his warm welcome, and I immediately knew that this excellent climate would be just right for my learning.
Rafael has a special sense to recognize the need of each student, and besides his incredible ability with the instrument, demonstrated from the first moment, he also has a great passion for teaching and great knowledge of what he teaches.
His way of teaching is very articulate and precise, and he knows how to transmit to his students in a way that is clear and effective. The different techniques, styles, harmony, rhythm​ and vocal accompaniment, together with his transcribed score from his personal method “Despacito y a compás” and his PDF, audios, and videos in the Campus Virtual of the web help the learning in a more solid way without leaving out any relevant concept.
The entire course has enriched me tremendously professionally, and if before I hardly had any knowledge of flamenco, I can now say that I have the necessary resources to be closed to that fantastic world which is the flamenco.

Claudia Schwarzer
Javier Martínez

In the years I took classes at the Rafael Cañizares School of Flamenco Guitar I received a rigorous and methodical education in an environment that was always cheerful. The way the content was adapted to the needs and skills of each student was especially good. This is something Rafael is able to do in a friendly and fun way. Thanks to the way he teaches and his in-depth knowledge of the guitar I was able to combine the classical and flamenco guitar techniques and enrich my understanding as a musician. I can now say that the two disciplines have a lot more in common than people generally believe.

Javier Martínez
Daniel Figueras

Dear Rafael, the time I spent with you in class and on the stage are some of my most vivid memories, as well as some of the most fun! Along with gaining so much knowledge at your side, I will never forget that it became a part of me always accompanied by a good dose of humour and laughter. Thank you so much, Maestro!

Daniel Figueras
Fernando Pelayo

Studying with Rafael Cañizares opened the door to a dream. I was able to discover and understand flamenco guitar, flamenco, and music with the help of your thoughtful method. It’s not only what you see in his hands, but also what you hear in his words that lead you to deep structural changes in the way you see the art and in your personal attitude towards perseverance and hard work. I took these words to heart: ‘Music is not a surprise; it is consistency.’ Thanks, Maestro.

Dani Silva
Marta Robles

I remember my first class with Rafael when he said to me, ‘You really don’t know much about flamenco!’ It was a bit hard, but he was absolutely right. Now I’m not sure how much closer I am to flamenco, but Rafael definitely helped me to love music, to play from the heart, to love the guitar much more, and to demand a lot more from myself. I would do the four years again, from the start… a million thanks to my teacher!

Marta Robles
Rubén Lorente

For me, Rafael Cañizares and his school played a very important role in my professional career and my personal life. He not only has a profound understanding of the instrument, he also knows how to transmit it to his students in a way that is very clear and effective.
He also adapts to the abilities of each individual and gets the most out of each one. I’m very grateful for the more than 10 years I’ve spent learning with and from him.
He has played a decisive role in my musical career. I can’t praise him enough because behind this great guitar professional is an even greater person.

Rubén Lorente
Jorge el Chato

For me Rafael Cañizares was the light I needed to find in my study of the flamenco guitar. It was he who taught me technique, theory, and to find myself.

Jorge “el Chato”
Artur Martí

I’ve been playing guitar for 10 years and although I have always been interested in flamenco guitar, I never delved into the world of flamenco because the techniques were so different from my style. With Rafael I got a general idea of the concept of flamenco and have started, after nearly a year of study, to enjoy flamenco and to have a better understanding of this universal art. Rafael is an excellent teacher with an impressive CV. He’s able to transmit his passion and intensity quickly.

Artur Martí
Tomás Lorenzo

For me it is an honour having had Rafael as my teacher. Thank you for teaching me to play flamenco guitar. Thank you for your guitar advice as well as your personal advice, for your patience, for your professionalism, for your humour, and for showing me sensitivity and love for this instrument.

Tomás Lorenzo
Alberto Marín

Rafael taught me how to learn and not what to learn. He taught me to think and not what I should think about. This helped me to develop my intelligence and not just my memory, as a musician, but also as a person. He pointed out my good qualities and recognised my skills.
His confidence and professionalism made me feel valued. Rafael, I would like to thank you for your trust, your support, your expertise, for the opportunity to have someone like you at my side for so many years, and most of all THANK YOU for teaching me to play guitar.

Alberto Marín
Fran Díaz

I studied with Maestro Rafael Cañizares for six years. The way he treats his students personally and professionally was superb, thanks to the Maestro’s many years of experience.
The material we worked on in class was really good and tailored to the level of each student. I encourage everyone to study with the Maestro.

Fran Díaz
Joaquín Teruel

When I play guitar, I am simply happy. It’s my greatest passion. I have the good fortune to be a student of Rafael Cañizares. Since I’ve been at the school, my technique has improved a lot and I’m learning a lot of things about flamenco from the ground up.
It is really gratifying to see progress, for which perseverance, a good method, and practice are really important. Rafael’s extensive experience as a teacher is a guarantee for success. I think his method is perfect for adapting to the level and pace of each student.
I also think the scores he writes for us are really helpful. Together with the recordings, they really help to assimilate the material. My goal is to be able to compose my own pieces, although to be able to do it, I am going to need a lot of knowledge and a strong ability to play. For me Rafael is a guitarist with great talent who knows how to project his role as teacher onto his students.

Joaquín Teruel
Daniel Blanco

My name is Daniel Blanco and I have been a student of Rafael Cañizares’ for two years. Rafael is a teacher with an impressive amount of knowledge about the guitar, and my lessons are the highlight of my day. I remember when I started I had my right hand completely backwards. In two days he corrected my bad habits and put me on the right track. I am really happy to study at the Rafael Cañizares School of Flamenco Guitar. I recommend the school to all guitarists because you really gain a lot of knowledge about music, harmony, technique, rhythm and the different styles or palos of flamenco.
Rafael also teaches you about scales, chords, knowing what position you’re in when you play improvisation, etc. I think anyone who signs up and applies themselves will learn a lot in a short time.

Daniel Blanco
Jonathan Maqueda

I’ve been studying with Maestro Rafael for three years. I am very happy with the magnificent personal and professional treatment I have received. One of the things I like most about Rafael as a teacher is that he knows how to find the good and strong aspects of every student, and more importantly, he knows how to encourage his students and get them to learn as much as they can. I would encourage any guitarist to study with the Maestro. ALL THE BEST, RAFAEL!

Jonathan Maqueda
Ernesto Darías

Rafael is a teacher with great technique and rhythm, as well as a level of knowledge that would be hard to surpass. His teaching method, which is rigorous, enjoyable and exemplary, gave me passion for the guitar and flamenco, and led to such a strong bond with my guitar that I fell in love with it, and especially with the melodic whisper that comes from each of its strings.

Ernesto Darías
Paul Bosauder

Rafael was the best teacher I’ve ever had for transmitting the essence of what flamenco guitar is. His musicality, his ‘flamenconess’, and his personality inspire me. He helped me to realise what I needed and how to work to get it. This is why Rafael has been the best guide I could hope for to show me how to become a guitarist. Thanks a million, Rafael!

Paul Bosauder
Toni Porcal

I met Rafael after taking classes with some of the great guitarists in Barcelona and Seville, after working in some tablaos and being in a few other flamenco shows. Even with all these experiences, Rafael helped me discover the excitement and the joy of someone discovering a vast and thrilling world.
Rafael shows you how to learn, how to critique, how to listen, and how to make good use of your time… and to always take what life gives you with a good sense of humour!
His teaching method is very meticulous and precise. He’s not only one of the best flamenco guitar teachers around today; he’s also an incredible guitarist and musician as well! I’m very lucky to continue learning with him.

Toni Porcal
Juan Antonio López

I think Rafael Cañizares is one of the best Maestros out there now because he gives you all the knowledge a flamenco guitarist needs as well as the self-critical awareness needed to play the guitar well, and besides all this, as a person, he’s a phenomenon, so you couldn’t ask for more. I wish you all the best, Maestro!!

Juan Antonio López
Helena de Castro

Thanks to his patience and dedication I was able to learn to appreciate and get to know the fabulous world of flamenco guitar. Rafael Cañizares is a great teacher who imparts the values of perseverance, musicianship, and good taste to all of his students.

Helena de Castro
Ignacio Abinzano

I had been playing the guitar badly for many years and after only one year with Rafael I found that for the first time I was able to play the flamenco guitar ‘sonanta’ sound.
Rafael taught me technique and, above all, rhythm, beat, and the flamenco feeling so I can play everything from a simple rumba to brighten up a dinner party with friends to a complex falseta.
This is all thanks to the academic rigour and cordial closeness of the good Maestro, who knows how to motivate students and help them discover their potential.

Ignacio Abinzano
Miguel Nicolás

Being able to devote a few years to the study of flamenco guitar at this school has been an unforgettable and very special experience. This became especially apparent when I noticed that apart from growing musically, he had given me the opportunity to understand the true meaning of friendship. Cheers!

Miguel Nicolás
José Ramos

After several years of enjoying my love of classical guitar, I had the good fortune to meet Rafael Cañizares. His teaching, his method and our personal relationship gave me extraordinary insight into the instrument and the musical concept.
My introduction to the flamenco guitar was under the guidance of Rafael, which enabled me to grow in my understanding of music, in my overall knowledge and in my appreciation, giving me great personal satisfaction.
The method of instruction used by Rafael for all of the different concepts of flamenco guitar as seen from the point of view of a student, in this case my point of view, I believe provides unique benefits that really set it apart and that would be difficult to match.

José Ramos
Julián Vázquez

I’ve had a lot of experience with different guitar schools and different teachers and teaching methods. For me, the Rafael Cañizares School of Flamenco Guitar and its Maestro, Rafael, is without a shadow if a doubt the best school I’ve been in. Rafael’s ‘Slowly and in Time’ method, as its name describes quite well, for me is the best way to learn and understand all of the different facets, technique, rhythm, harmony, etc. of this wonderful instrument, the flamenco guitar.

Julián Vázquez
Juan Miguel Arco

Rafael’s method is clear, concise and very practical. He adapts easily to the pace of each student and offers unparalleled personal treatment. He uses materials that are very clear, and his virtuosity makes every class unique. I highly recommend him for his many years of experience as a teacher and as a professional. His personalised and enjoyable classes have made my admiration and interest for the flamenco guitar continue to grow.
I will always be grateful to Rafael for his patience and friendship.

Juan Miguel Arco
Juan Moreno

Having belonged to the Rafael Cañizares School of Flamenco Guitar as a student has been one of the most important things that happened to me, especially given the importance flamenco guitar has in my life.
Rafael’s playing ability, his discipline and above all the individual attention he gives each student when he teaches make this school one of the best in Spain in the area of flamenco guitar.
Here’s to you, Rafael!

Juan Moreno
Adrián Delgado

For his personal attention, his patience, and his good humour, learning with Rafael is learning with a friend. Thanks, Maestro!

Adrián Delgado
Marc Agustí

Rafael Cañizares made me fall even more in love with flamenco and the guitar. I feel very fortunate to have taken classes from a Maestro like Rafael. His knowledge, his sensitivity when he plays, his way of understanding flamenco and how he transmits it fill me with passion and feeling every day. Thank you, Rafael! You’re a great Maestro and an even better friend.

Marc Agustí
Christian Rodríguez

For me Rafael Cañizares is an excellent instructor. His method was perfectly suited to my level of playing. You don’t just learn what he transmits; you can also see it reflected in the scores, which helped me a lot to understand the very complex world of flamenco guitar from a broader perspective.

Christian Rodríguez
Fernando Pelayo

After trying several times to learn to play flamenco guitar, I had the good fortune of stopping by your school. A magnificent Maestro, an exquisite guitarist and a better person, thanks Rafael.

Fernando Pelayo
María Monserrate

I just recently became a student at the school, my school, but I’ve been here long enough to see great skill, knowledge and experience of Maestro Rafael Cañizares. Our motivation and interest as students continues to grow class after class. The method is really easy to understand, it’s interesting, fun and adapted to your level, no matter how well you play.
Getting to know Rafael has been one of the best things that has happened to me. It’s been really important for me to have the opportunity to learn to play flamenco guitar. So, I’m in good hands. Thanks Rafael! 🙂

María Monserrate
Alejandro Castellano

Thanks to the ‘Slowly and in Time’ method, in a month and a half I’ve learned to play tangos, arpeggios and the rumba rhythm, to read scores and to improvise.

Alejandro Castellano

Subscribe to blog

Sign up and receive in your email all our news!

Contact

Ronda Roureda, 3-5
(08207) Sabadell · Barcelona
Tel: 678 636 325

Uso de cookies

Este sitio web utiliza cookies para que usted tenga la mejor experiencia de usuario. Si continúa navegando está dando su consentimiento para la aceptación de las mencionadas cookies y la aceptación de nuestra política de cookies.

ACEPTAR