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.
Friday Falseta - Fandangos de Huelva - Kai Narezo Falseta #1 - PERFORMANCE
An intermediate level Fandangos de Huelva falseta that features a bit of syncopation and a few little bursts of arpeggio. Works great as an intro, or you can use it anywhere in your Fandangos de Huelva.
A classic intermediate/advanced Fandangos de Huelva falseta by Pepe Habichuela. It features a lot of scales, but since the scales are phrased in triplets and not in 16th notes it’s not quite as technically challenging as it could be and actually quite playable.
This Sabicas Soleá falseta will not only work both hands but will also really work the coordination between the two hands. Plus it’s one of the all-time great Soleá falsetas that works at any tempo. Traditional definitely doesn’t always mean easy!
This classic Soleá falseta by the great Ramon Montoya starts out quite elegantly and then ends with a bang. It’s also a fantastic left-hand workout, and it has a little quirk, in that it has an “extra” six beats (don’t worry, we explain why and also how to remedy the situation if needed).
Friday Falseta - Tangos Por Arriba Falseta by Kai Narezo - PERFORMANCE
Tangos can be played in many keys, and after Por Medio, the most common other key is Por Arriba (E Phrygian), the key that Tangos de Granada is often played in. Here’s a fun falseta that can be played as written, but also has a lot of moving parts that you can use as shorter falsetas or simply to...
Friday Falseta - Alegrias Slur Falseta by Kai Narezo - PERFORMANCE
Here’s a short but tricky Alegrias falseta that will really work both your left hand and your compás. In addition to some 16th note slurs that include a lot of pinky action, the phrases don’t quite resolve where we would expect them to. Once you’ve learned the notes, make sure you’re really comfo...
Friday Falseta - Guajira Falseta #2 by Kai Narezo - PERFORMANCE
Here’s an advanced Guajiras falseta that works at both faster and slower tempos and involves quite a few little scale bursts for you to work on. Could also work as a somewhat rubato intro at a slower speed.
Friday Falseta - Colombiana Falseta #1 by Kai Narezo - PERFORMANCE
This intermediate/advanced Colombianas falseta follows a more or less traditional chord progression you’ll want to be familiar with when playing Colombianas. You can use our Tangos compás loops to practice this one: https://learn.flamencoexplained.com/compas-loops/season:5
Friday Falseta - Tangos Traditional Line Cliche by Kai Narezo - PERFORMANCE
A line cliche is when one note within a chord moves by half-steps. The second half of this falseta features a line cliche on the D minor chord where the bass note moves down from the note D on the fifth string. This is a traditional figure that you’ll probably recognize more once you learn to pla...
Friday Falseta - Seguirilla Alzapua & Stretch by Kai Narezo - PERFORMANCE
Here’s an uptempo Seguirillas falseta you might want to practice with a capo, given the left-hand stretches involved. In addition to the stretches it’s a good alzapua workout, so make sure you’re relaxed as you learn and practice this one. And try to hear the sextuplets in the alzapua before you ...
Friday Falseta - Bulerias Falseta Por Fiesta by Kai Narezo - PERFORMANCE
I say this one is good Por Fiesta because it’s all thumb so you can play it loud and, once learned, should be playable at quick speeds. Watch out for those pickup notes at the beginning, though, as it starts just after beat 10.
Friday Falseta - Seguirilla Faster Escobilla Falseta by Kai Narezo - PERFORMANCE
This Seguirilla falseta works best at faster speeds, making it useful for Escobillas or any other time you need a fast-tempo falseta. You’ll want to watch out for the compás, and also for the left hand, which needs to leave space for adjacent open strings to ring. As always, simple doesn’t mean e...
Tangos Explained - Thumb Tomatito Falseta - Performance
One of my favorite Tomatito falsetas por Tangos, this one features thumb and alzapua techniques, along with some big left hand stretches. Most of it is ‘simple’ but not easy, especially to get it to sound as powerful as Tomatito does when he plays it. And the little alzapua bit at the end is neit...