Spanish Guitarists You Need To Listen To (right now!)

20 Spanish Guitarists You Need To Listen To (right now!)

The stereotypical Spanish guitarist is the flamenco guitarist and Spain has produced some of the greatest flamenco guitarists in the world. But once you scratch the surface of the Spanish guitarist scene, there is so much more than just flamenco. Spain has produced some great guitarists who specialise in metal, rock, jazz, acoustic, classical, folk and so much more.

In fact the range of musical diversity in Spanish guitarists is almost as large as the country itself. Historically Spain was a nation of conquerors, and with every new land and culture came a musical style that over the years has seeped into the very fabric of the people. Making Spanish guitarists as unique as land itself.

So come with us as we listen to some of the best Spanish guitarists Spain has ever had to offer. With pretty much all genres of music covered and by both genders, this is going to be an entertaining hour of musical pleasure.

Andrés Segovia

Andrés Segovia Torres, was a Spanish virtuoso classical guitarist who is probably single handedly responsible for the popularity and number of classical guitarists around today. They are either students who learned under Segovia or from tutors who were taught by him.

Álvaro Urquijo

Álvaro Urquijo is a Spanish singer, songwriter and guitarist who is best known as one of the founding members of the rock/pop group Los Secretos. He has been musically active since 1980 and has produced many popular Spanish hit songs as both a member of a group and as a solo artist.

Alonso Mudarra

Alonso Mudarra was a Spanish composer during the renaissance period and his musical compositions for guitar are among the earliest examples remaining. He played guitar, and vihuela (a guitar shaped string instrument) and composed many pieces for both instruments. His work is contained in the collection  Tres libros de música en cifras para vihuela (“Three books of music in numbers for vihuela”), which was published in 1546 and was the first ever publication to contain music for the four course guitar.

Paco de Lucía

Francisco Gustavo Sánchez Gómez known as Paco de Lucía, was a Spanish flamenco guitarist and composer. He was known for his new flamenco style of playing, adding jazz and classical phrases to his flamenco compositions. He was a key player in the jazz fusion, flamenco jazz fusion movement of the early 1970s.

Amparo Llanos

Amparo Llanos Fayos is a Spanish singer, songwriter and guitarist from Madrid, who along with her sister Cristina, formed the Spanish rock band Dover. They have had a successful musical career with their second album, “Devil Came To Me”, selling 800,000 copies in 2006. She cites her main influences as being The Beatles, Nirvana and R.E.M.

Pepe Martínez

José Martínez León, known as Pepe Martínez, was a Spanish flamenco guitarist from Macarena, Seville, Spain. His style of guitar playing was ‘Flamenco Lírico’ which gives greater emphasis to melody as well as rhythm. Pepe became a worldwide star as a flamenco guitarist, the BBC did a documentary about his life which was entitled My Friend Pepe Martinez.

Carlos Montoya

Carlos García Montoya was a flamenco guitarist from Madrid, Spain. He was a founder of the modern popular style of flamenco. During the second world war he settled in the USA and eventually became an American citizen. His music underwent many changes and he incorporated blues, folk music and jazz to his repertoire as well as flamenco.

Charo

María Rosario Pilar Martínez Molina Baeza better known as Charo is a Spanish actress, comedian, singer and guitarist. She began playing the guitar when she was 9 years old and had her training under Andrés Segovia. She has recorded playing many different musical styles including flamenco and disco.

Dionisio Aguado y García

Dionisio Aguado y García was a Spanish composer and classical guitarist from the late classical and early romantic periods. His major work,  Escuela de Guitarra was first published in 1825 and is still in print to this day. 

Niño Josele

Juan José Heredia, known as Niño Josele is a Spanish flamenco guitarist who specialises in the new flamenco style. He incorporates jazz and other musical genres into his compositions.

Roberto Iniesta

Roberto Iniesta Ojea, also known as Robe, is a Spanish singer, songwriter and guitarist and frontman of the heavy rock band Extremoduro. He also performs as a solo artist and is also an author with his first novel selling 10,000 copies in its first week of publication.

Tomatito

José Fernández Torres, known as Tomatito is a Spanish composer and flamenco guitarist. He began his musical career along with Paco de Lucía accompanying Camarón de la Isla, the famous flamenco singer. Two of his solo albums have won Latin Grammy Awards. He blends flamenco, jazz, Afro-Cuban and Brazilian music. 

Mario Escudero

Mario Escudero was a Spanish flamenco virtuoso guitarist who was partially responsible for popularising flamenco music around the world. He toured in North, Central and South America, Europe and Spain. 

Miguel Llobet

Miguel Llobet Solés was a Spanish classical guitarist from Barcelona, Spain who was famous for his arrangements of Catalan folk songs for solo guitar. Much of his work was performed by the great Andrés Segovia.

Juan Valdivia 

Juan Valdivia Navarro is a Spanish guitarist and songwriter and is most well known for his lead guitar with the band Héroes del Silencio. He is known as “El Maestro” by his many fans. He even has a school named after him in India. 

Eduardo Bort

Eduardo Bort Garcera, was born in Valencia, Spain and was a singer, songwriter and prog rock guitarist and session musician. 

David Otero

David Otero is a singer, songwriter and guitarist from Madrid, Spain. He was lead guitarist for the band El Canto del Loco. After the band split he began performing as “El Pescao” (the fish), and from 2017 he started to perform under his own name. He is a rock and  pop rock guitarist.

Javier Vargas

Javier Vargas is a Spanish blues guitarist born in Madrid. He tours all round Europe and Spain with his band the Vargas Blues Band.

Iñaki Antón

Iñaki Antón González known as Uoho, is a Spanish guitarist and songwriter. He was lead guitarist with Platero y Tú and is now a member of Extremoduro  and his solo work, Inconscientes.He plays rock and roll. Blues rock, and hard rock.

Ismael Serrano

Ismael Serrano is a Spanish guitarist, singer and songwriter from Madrid. Very popular in Latin America and Spain for his political lyrics and musical influences ranging from Cuba to South America.

Can You Think Of Anyone We’ve Missed?

That’s our 20 Spanish guitarists we think you need to listen to, can you think of anymore? Have we missed any out? Who would make your top 5? And why? Let us know in the comments.

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