Manuel Reyes 1974, Plaza de Potro 2, Cordoba

This is a very special guitar of very light wood and construction, but has a very mature rich sound, which is good all the way from strong treble to rich bass.  Made by Manuel Reyes senior who retired in 2011 and died in 2014.

This type of guitar is popular with professional plays and preferred by Vicente Amigo who is from Cordoba.  With limited production there was a waiting list of up to 15 years for these guitars.

Manuel Reyes is a flamenco guitar but it has a depth of tone that also sounds good for classical and other styles.  It has a very strong dynamic range and sounds good when played both soft and hard.

This is an old guitar with traditional tuning pegs.  It should be kept humid to avoid drying out further (Shanghai is humid enough).

There are many descriptions of this type of guitar on the internet, it is like thie one:

The soundboard is of Silver Fir (Latin Abies Alba, Spanish pino-abeto). The wood is strong, lightweight, light-colored, fine grained, even-textured and long fibered. The sides and bottom are of cypress.

Hermanos Conde 2004, Gravina 7, Madrid Rosewood Limited Edition signed by Paco de Lucia on the makers’ label.


This is guitar is made with heavy rosewood to give a rich sound for any type of music.

This shop has closed in 2015 and the successor shop is now this one in Calle Atocha, Madrid.

A new version of this guitar would be like this (9600EUR+VAT):

Conde Hermanos 2007, Felipe 2, Madrid, model EF4



This is the shop of brothers Felipe and Mariano Conde which split in 2010 to separate studios Mariano Conde, at Amnistía 1 and Felipe Conde at C/ Arrieta 4, both a short walk from the original Madrid shop.

This guitar has a bright sound which is very much appreciated by flamenco guitarists, for example for playing with dancers.

This model is still made by Mariano Conde, new it is 3,300EUR+VAT.

The construction is similar to the more expensive guitars but the back is made of three pieces.


– One internal strut split and was previously reglued once by Felipe Conde in 2010, this now needs regluing again to make the guitar perfect.

– Like many flamenco guitars, this guitar benefits from high tension strings, since the bridge is very low to allow for faster playing. The lower notes may buzz if used with low tension strings.

Canela – Flamenco guitar group in Shanghai


Canela present Dreams of Al-Andalus, Classical, Arabic and Flamenco music for 2 guitars.

Sing and Learn 学习英语或西班牙语歌词好学习语言

Sing and Learn Language classes in Shanghai for English and Spanish. Musical accompaniment included.

Learning songs is a great way to learn language!  Even if you don’t think you can sing, by working on the song you improve your pronunciation and understanding.  That word you didn’t know, next time you hear it you will remember the song and understand it.

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Bands, Music and Dance groups based in Shanghai

We currently have available:

  • Classical/Spanish Guitar  古典和西班牙吉他
  • Spanish Flamenco  西班牙弗拉门戈
    • 1 or two guitarists  吉他手
    • dancers with recorded music  舞蹈家
    • singer/guitar/percussion/dance  弗拉门戈团
  • Spanish fiesta – Sevillanas party: we can organize a full group with singers, dancers and guitarists for Sevillanas.

See the songs section for additional repetoire!

We are also looking for additional musicians for

  • Rumba and Latin group
  • Britpop group

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English Songbook

Song sheets for popular songs in English, suitable for parties and for studying. Each song is fitted on one page with chords and lyrics.

This are my notes for a selection of popular songs in English. These are rough notes only and not intended to be an exact representation of the song. For study use only. All rights due to original authors.

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Feria 2016

Feria de abril 2016, actuación con El Coro del Hermandad del Rocio de Shanghai con Los Antonios