Grant 2
CFG Studio Grant for Scholars & Researchers of
 World Music, Composition, Flamenco & Jazz.

Consisting of:

1) An “Andalusian Guitars”  guitar. Model: “Santos Hernández 1930”, Indian Rosewood, Sound Portal (2010-2011) like the one Ruben Diaz plays in this video-lesson.
This model:


2) $2,800. Dollars (In 51-60min Webcam Skype lessons with Ruben Diaz)


Submissions will be accepted until  May 10th, 2011.

The purpose of  CFG Studio’s  Grant / Grants is exclusively to encourage & render available to the public worldwide the culture of contemporary flamenco guitar, specifically the works related to Paco de Lucia’s contributions and innovations on the Spanish & compositional musical field as well as in the Flamenco-Jazz realm for guitar players, guitar teachers, composers and beyond.

Applicants must:

Submit a YouTube video-lesson or a bonafide & a publicly available book, article or lecture, either in English or Spanish language, in which it’s explained the very same subject that Maestro Ruben Diaz expounds in this video-lesson following, as well, a similar procedure to illustrate about the topic or subject (playing the examples over the chords & elucidating about it etc).

It’s mandatory that the material (either in video-lesson format or lecture, article, etc) submitted by the applicant has a date prior to June 12th, 2010.

The subject of this video-lesson is:

1)The way to describe melodically the chord progression
bVI7 , V7b9 in -at least 2 keys- for example: Em & Am.

Specifically utilizing: Whole Tone scale (including fragments of Whole Tone scale) , Minor Melodic scale & Semi diminished scales, all of them applied to the degree  bVI7 (as innovated by Paco de Lucia) followed by the degree  V7b9,
indicating -as well- from which degree (or intervallic value)
of the chord  bVI7  the aforementioned scales should be played to properly go with it, and giving also the recommended & specific intervals of the degree V7b9  on which such a melody or musical phrase solves (according to the Paco de Lucia’s aesthetics) in at least 2 keys, for example: Em & Am as shown in this video-lesson.

For  bVI7 use Whole Tone scale  (or fragments of it)
from the Root or Tonic of the degree  bVI7 & it’s enharmonic equivalences, in Tonal Region / Zone. The same model of explanation should be followed for the other 2 scales.

Useful information about the submissions:

  1. The Owner &/or Staff of CFG Studio has the right to accept or reject any submission / submissions with or without any further explanation (depending on the case).
  2.  If the applicant submits relevant quotes from a book or                  magazine (either in electronic format or otherwise) it is his/her duty to prove the authenticity, correctness & appropriateness of the material submitted to  the Owner &/or Staff of CFG Studio until their full satisfaction according to  CFG Studio’s  criteria.

The applicant has to prove that the concerning book or magazine quoted has truly been published, at least, one year prior to the applicant’s submission / sold &/or advertised in verifiable public sources complying with  the appropriate dates as requested by CFG Studio.

A lecture, lesson or article from:
Berklee College of Music.
Juilliard School of Music.
Harvard University Department of Music.  


The reason for those rules & prerogatives is:

To avoid the printing books, magazines & or the creation of electronic related material with the “Appropriate quotes & dates” by unscrupulous persons just to obtain by cheating the CFG Studio  grant / grants.        

3) The aforementioned material / materials for the applicant’s submissions must exclude any video-lesson, article or written lesson by Ruben Diaz. (Example: The written thesis for the accomplishment of a Master degree in World Music presented
by Ruben Diaz student Michael Carabine at York University)  

Good luck.

Please send your submission to:
and to: