Compás

  • Introduction to Compás - 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 Compás 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.

  • How To Practice Compás - Tutorial

    In this video we look at how to practice compás once you have the basic concepts down. We start by looking at Soleá, though the the concepts apply to pretty much all Palos. At the 15:10 mark we get into practicing Bulerias compás, and at 22:52 we get into one of the very specific things that mess...

  • 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...

  • Tangos Explained - Compás - Tutorial

    In this video we look at most important elements of Tangos - the basic compás and Llamadas/Cierres - and in particular we look at a variation of the two-finger rasgueado that is traditionally used to play the compás. This will form the foundation of everything you do in Tangos, so take your time ...

  • Tientos Explained - Compás - Tutorial

    This video is really the heart of this course. We look at lots of ways to play compás por Tientos, along with llamadas and a bunch different ways to make your compás more interesting.

  • Alegrias Compás - 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.

  • Bulerias Compás - 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.

  • Fandangos de Huelva - Palo & Compás

    Fandangos de Huelva (not to be confused with many of the other Fandangos) is one of the lighter Palos and a lot fun to play. The groove is similar Sevillanas and the coplas (verses) are generally pretty predictable, so it’s a perfect Palo to get your feet wet accompanying the cante.

  • 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 ...