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Published on Nov 21, 2010
Toque: Dieguito... Diego del Gastor was the creator and the leading exponent of the guitar playing tradition of Morón (Seville), where he spent most of his life, and where his artistic activity unfolded. Today, this tradition has been inherited by his nephews Diego de Morón and Paco and Juan del Gastor.
When he was a boy, Diego lived in Ronda and El Gastor (Cádiz), the village from which he received his stage name. His brother José and Pepe Naranjo were his teachers, although he always confessed that he was a follower of Montoya and, especially, of Niño Ricardo. He went to music theory lessons, although the meter was always his greatest quality. He developed a completely different manner of playing the guitar; he improvised, created, and when he accompanied flamenco singing, he not only reached the audience, but also the cantaores (flamenco singers) themselves, whom he motivated with the strong emotions that he was able to trasmit. His dexterity and falsetas (melodic phrases interspersed between successions of chords) resulted in him playing to accompany cantaores such as Antonio Mairena, Fernanda de Utrera, Joselero de Morón and Juan Talega. His relationship with Americans from the base in Morón was also important, as they instilled some black elements into his guitar playing.