Am I in Compás? - Playlist

Am I in Compás? - Playlist

Compás is what defines flamenco. It's the underlying structure of everything we do. If you want to play flamenco you need to understand this, so start here with compás and palmas tutorials. Did we mention that Palmas are probably the best way to really learn compás? They are!

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Am I in Compás? - Playlist
  • Introduction to Compas - Free Tutorial

    Here we look at how the concept of compás works as well as some of the various meanings of this word that is so very central to flamenco.

  • Solea Compas Examples - Performance

    Watch this to see what we'll be covering in the Solea Compás examples tutorial.

  • Palmas - Contratiempo

    In this lesson we look at how contratiempo works and how to practice playing the contra without getting lost!

  • Palmas - Overview

    Here we look at a bit of technique for palmas and then look at the various patterns we use for some of the more common Palos, including Soleá, Soleá por Buleria, Buleria, Alegrias, Seguirillas and more.

  • Palmas - Tangos

    Palmas for Tangos are a little easier, since the compás is a 4-count, but this flamenco, so it still gets a bit tricky at times.

  • Palmas - Bulerias

    This is what you've been working towards - palmas patterns for Bulerias. It's a lot like the other 12-count patterns, but a lot faster!

  • Palmas - Seguirilla

    The hardest part of doing palmas for Seguirillas is really understanding the Seguirillas compás, so here we look at both.

  • Palmas - Solea

    Start here for your palmas - this lesson looks at the basic palmas patterns for Soleá. Much of this will be the foundation for all of the 12-beat compases.

  • Compas - Are you In it? - Glossary Term

    Stay in compás! What it means to be in or out of compás.

  • Solea Compas Tutorial

    Here we look at the 12-beat compás in the context of Soleá. This is one of the most important lessons on this site, so even if you think you now this you might want to start here for review.

  • Bulerias Compas - Tutorial

    Start here if you're ready to dive in to Bulerias. The better you train your right hand to stay in compás regardless of what the left hand is doing, the better and more reliable your compás will be.

  • Alegrias Compas - Tutorial

    In this lesson we break down the compás for Alegrias - a 12-beat compás that's faster than a Soleá but not as fast as a Buleria. All of the right-hand patterns here also apply perfectly to Soleá por Buleria.

  • Tangos Compas - Tutorial

    In this lesson we look at Tangos compás - how to feel it, how to count it, and some of the really important right hand patterns that we need to learn to play Tangos.