Moorea by Gipsy Kings Guitar Tutorial


Here is the opening of Moorea by Gipsy Kings. We will look at the chord progression and then the chord riff that is played above that. The Gipsy Kings were a popular Latin group of the 90s (though they are still around today), they helped to popularise Latin guitar, combining flamenco and South American elements. Their popular hits include Bamboleo, Moorea and Djobi Djoba.

The chord progression is quite unusual but it is really quite effective and creates a nostalgic mood. Here is the chord progression:

This is a medium flamenco Rumba. The strumming is as follows, I have added golpe on beat 3.

We start in A minor playing the chord I (Am) and then chord V (E).

Then we move to Gm which is chord II, the D7 which is the dominant of Gm. These are both played as bar chords.


Then we move to Eb major then Cm. This is a mini modulation creating tension.

The final two chords of the progression are F# dimished then D7. These chords are really similar, only that F#dim has a D# in it.


Chord Riff

The chord riff utilizes the chord at a different (usually higher) voicing. I pluck these chords with my fingers (i,m,a) but they also be strummed. The top note of the chord moves up and down via a semitone or tone. It is quite a syncopated rhythm but it stays consistent throughout, you can practice the rhythm separately:

There is a melody that aletrnates C to B on frets 8 and 10 of the first string over an A minor chord. Then we shift to E7 with the melody alternating B to C.


The third bar is a G minor triad with the meoldy Bb to C (moving to minor with a flat 3rd). The fourth bar is a D7 chord with the melody moving A to Bb.

here we have an Eb7 with the melody moving back to Bb to C, the a C minr triad with a hald bar on VIII with melody moving C to D.


The final two chords are F# diminished then back to D7. The voicing for the F# diminished is the same as an F7 but the bass is F#. The final D7 moves up to position X with the melody D to Eb.