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.
Sabicas was famous for his minor Bulerías, and this may be his most famous falseta of all. It’s almost all picado in eight notes, and the phrases start on beat 1 and 7 instead of the more common beats 12 and 6.
This arpeggio falseta features some beautiful chords - and melodies within each chord - as well as some tricky syncopated anticipations of the downbeat of each phrase. You can also play the chord progression with rasgueados rather than arpeggios, or you can do both, as we do here.
Probably the most jubilant falseta in the whole Bulerías course, this one has some interesting staccato syncopation at the beginning, and continues to some syncopated versions of otherwise traditional phrasing.
This Bulerías falseta - which can also be thrown in as a “detalle” (literally a detail, this can be a short flourish or something less than a falseta that you throw in somewhere) - features a great thumb and index technique that’s unique to flamenco, as well as a different kind of 6-beat phrase.