Although many variations are possible, the most basic form of the Tientos is as follows (including a full performance of guitarist, singer and dancer):
1. Guitar introduction: The guitarist sets the basic tempo and key
2. Temple: the singer sings fragments estribillos (le le, la, etc.) to establish the
key, pulse and mood of the piece.
3. The dancer’s llamada call/cue the guitarist performs double time here. The dancer generally performs footwork.
4. Letra - 1st verse the singer sings the first verse, and the dancer interprets this
impressionistically and rhythmically. After the 1st line of the song, the singer may take a 1 or 2 compás break the respira and the dancer usually inserts footwork here.
5. Guitar falseta a short melodic phrase that the dancer interprets lyrically.
6. Escobilla the dancer’s 1st prolonged footwork section. This ends with a
llamada to call in the 2nd verse.
7. Letra - 2nd verse Similar or identical to the 1st verse.
8. 2nd escobilla the dancer’s final long footwork section.
9. The macho it is common for a flamenco song to end in a faster song/rhythm, and it is usually the Tangos for Tientos. The most traditional Tangos lyrics performed here are the song, "Triana."