T - flamenco glossary
TABLAO: Stage show dedicated to flamenco art and is also a respected establishment offering flamenco shows inspired by the old cafés cantantes. The tablaos began to appear in the early fifties, somewhat promoted by the height of tourism.
TACONEO: In reference to flamenco dance, it is the foot or heelwork of the dancer.
TALÓN: Projection of the guitar neck, also called “quilla” translating to “keel”.
TANGUERO: Pertaining to or relative to the tango. Formerly, the flamenco dancer that was distinguished for the special way in which the tango was interpreted. The use of the word was mostly employed in the times of los cafés cantantes.
TAPA: Upper part of the resonance box of the guitar, of a symmetric form at the back and joined by a hoop.
TARANTERO: To apply to the repertoire or compilation of tarantas and tarantos, also the specialized interpreter in la taranta.
TEMPLAR: Tuning the guitar in a manner that produces the sounds that are correct with exactitude. Also, when the singer achieves the introductory temple to the song.
TEMPLE: That which is referred to in the flamenco language as los quejíos or jabbering that the flamenco singer performs before initiating a style of song. Serving as well to become comfortable with the tone that marks the prelude of the guitar. These temples or musical modulations, when well interpreted by a flamenco singer, can constitute as most artistically important as the rest of the song or development of the verse. Besides don Antonio Chacón, who popularized this phase of singing, its importance began to manifest because el temple, when done well and with feeling, proportions the melodic preparation and precise toning for flamenco singer.
TERCIO: Each one of the verses comprising a flamenco song.
TOCAOR: Interpreter of the flamenco guitar. The guitarist.
TOQUE: Action and effect of playing the flamenco guitar. Also, palmeos (clapping), sound or striking in harmony with the palms of the hands to follow the distinct rhythm of flamenco song or dance; each one of the diverse manners of musically accompanying a flamenco song or a dance; musical piece or number of the flamenco guitar, and on a wider scale, sound, characteristical tone or proper style of each singer.
TORSIÓN: Characteristical movement in flamenco dance, common to both sexes and significant within the action that unfolds the torso of the person dancing. Consisting of twisting the body as the waist becomes the axis and the rest of the body is oriented in different directions, resulting in an aesthetically pleasing figure, but difficult and forced. It is a movement frequently performed within flamenco dance, and from the expressive point of view of flamenco, the twisting, like a convulsion, signifies the breaking of the equilibrium of the body, the wild and primitive aspect of this art.
TRÉMOLO: In flamenco guitar work, the musical effect that can be formed with five notes or three. The one of the five begins with the index finger, followed by the middle, ring, middle and index fingers. The one of three begins with the ring, middle and index finger. This system is mainly used before the singer begins, or in the middle of a song, where there is a careful separation between third and third, so it does not interfere with the diction of the singer.