Flamenco Explained is: a book, video tutorials, a philosophy.
Kai Narezo takes the intimidation out of learning to play flamenco guitar - for fun and alongside the art with dancers and singers. Join in on the juerga with Kai and other guitarists, dancers and singers in our online community both for free and subscribed video tutorials and method book lessons.
Flamenco Explained - The Guitarist's Survival Guide, is the first book that breaks down the inner workings of flamenco and helps the guitarist truly understand this amazing art form. Flamenco Explained presents the underlying architecture of flamenco in a new way that is accessible to all musicians and prepares the aspiring guitarist to accompany flamenco dance and cante and communicate with other flamenco musicians. Flamenco Explained has already been used as the foundation for Berklee College of Music's first ever flamenco guitar class.
Guitar: 1962 Miguel Rodriguez (https://tinyurl.com/y73wkuad)
Here's Kai Narezo with a Flamenco Explained lesson on some great Bulerias material by Moraito that helps understand how bits of compás flow into one another. Kai plays a stunning 1962 Miguel Rodriguez flamenco blanca.
Guitar: 2003 Antonio Marin Montero (https://tinyurl.com/y7lmdql5)
Here's Kai Narezo with a Flamenco Explained lesson about practicing picado and alzapua technique while also practicing your Bulerias compás. Kai plays a 2003 Antonio Marin Montero flamenco blanca.
Guitar: 2018 Stephen Hill 2A Blanca (https://tinyurl.com/yd54q95l)
Here's Kai Narezo with a technique workout for picado, arpeggio and alzapua in the Tangos compás. Kai plays a great new 2018 Stephen Hill 2A flamenco blanca.
Huge thanks to Jurgen Reisch for use of his beautiful studio space!
Anatomy of a Compás - Fandangos de Huelva (2007 Antonio Raya Pardo)
There’s a moment in the Fandango de Huelva that is very distinctive but also very confusing for many players. It’s a specific way of closing the Letra or a falseta that starts on the four (if you’re counting in sixes) and that has as many variations as there are players. In this video we look at ...
Anatomy of a Compás - Soleá (1971 Manuel de la Chica)
This video looks at how we build compás in Soleá using a few essential building blocks. From one of the most traditional ‘escobilla’ melodies have been built thousand upon thousands of Compases, and we look at how it’s been done and how you can learn to do this yourself. And along the way we look...
Here’s a beautiful falseta for Campanilleros - one of the flamenco Christmas songs that usually has lyrics relating to the Nativity. This particular falseta has a lovely simple melody that isn’t as easy to play as it sounds, so it’s a great study for smoothness in both hands and for coordinating ...