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The basic rhythm of bulerías is a cycle of 12 beats (starting on beat 12) with accents on the 12, 3, 6, 8, and 10. A simpler way to think of this is two groups of 3 followed by three groups of 2. Clapping your hands with every number, count…

ONE two three ONE two three ONE two ONE two ONE two

Count and clap along!

Once you’re comfortable with the accents, replace them with 12, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11.

Eventually, this is interchangeable with the phonic or sound of your choice, e.g., PAH puh puh PAH puh puh PAH puh PAH puh PAH puh. Think of it however you want – so long as you know which beat is which! The end goal is to internalize the rhythm and be able to identify each accent, especially beat 3 and 10 (more on that later), without actively counting through the cycle of 12.