FLAMENCO GUITAR LESSONS will get anyone started playing this passionate and exciting music. Along with flamenco history and terminology, we'll teach the most important forms: Tangos, Alegrias, Bulerias and Soleares – along with the strumming and picking techniques that make flamenco so exciting to players and listeners alike.
Guitar Teacher A.J. Ribeiro
A.J. Ribeiro is one of the most adventurous and versatile international solo artists in flamenco, jazz-rock fusion and classic guitar music in New Zealand. Along the way A.J.Ribeiro has generously shared her insights with aspiring guitarists through private teaching, including classes at the "World Music Academy".
As a soloist and as a teacher A.J. Ribeiro reflects on her Portuguese heritage, how to build technique, the correct understanding of time, the meditative approach to the instrument, and the emotional center that is the foundation of her virtuosity.
Born in Hong Kong of Portuguese ancestry, she came from a musical family background. She took up the guitar at the age of nine, starting with folk and pop, and then devoted herself to classical Flamenco guitar and studied for many years under Professor Alim Utama from Indonesia.
In 1978 she won the Yamaha Guitar Festival and represented Hong Kong in the South East Asia Guitar Festival held in Bangkok where she performed for the King and Queen of Thailand.
She taught the guitar at Rockson Piano Company, the Musical Society, HK Cable & Wireless, lectured as Master classes and was a Director of The Flamenco Club together with her sister Irene.
Ann welcomed Maestro Juan Martin, Flamenco Guitarist from Spain, attended his workshops and performed for him. She traveled with her family to Portugal in 1985 and performed on Air Radio in Portugal. She also furthered Gypsy-Flamenco studies in Spain. She immigrated to New Zealand in 1989 sponsored by the New Zealand School of Music.