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.
If you’re an experienced guitar player but have played with a pick in the past then we recommend you start here and become acquainted with the various right-hand techniques used in flamenco. Then put it all together with our Tangos guitar solo.
In this lesson we put together a short Tangos guitar solo, and as we look into it we learn about a lot of the ways in which all flamenco works - how we connect ideas, and the relationship between compás, falsetas and llamadas.
In this lesson we look at Rasgueado technique in the context of Soleá and Tangos. We break down how to use your right hand to get power and precision while staying relaxed. This is an essential lesson for beginners or anyone who wants to improve this technique that is so central to flamenco guitar.
The triplet rasgueado (abanico) isn't that hard to do, but you have to take it slowly! This lesson breaks it down so that if you have a bit of patience you'll be able to play fast, loud triplets consistently and with control.
Arpeggio is one of the foundational techniques for the right hand in all guitar playing. Here we look at the principles of good arpeggio technique and look at some simple exercises to solidify this technique, including a bit of the Villa-Lobos Etude #1 that just about all flamencos use for arpegg...
This is a really important lesson, since thumb technique is crucial to the sound of flamenco guitar. Here we look at how to use the thumb efficiently to get that loud, percussive flamenco sound when using the thumb.
In this lesson we break down basic Alzapua technique and use simple falsetas in Soleá and Tangos as studies to practice and perfect coordinating the two hands. Then we look at some of the more advanced ways that we coordinate the two hands to fly!