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.
In this video we look at the strings themselves and their names. We also look a little bit at whole steps and half steps. This is a good video to watch if this is all new to you. You don’t need to memorize any of this just yet, but it can’t hurt to know.
There are lots of ways to hold the guitar. Here we look at some of the options and how to choose which one might be best for you. You may want to try more than one option to see which is best for you, and you don’t necessarily have to always use the same way.
In this video we look at how both hands come together to play a note on the guitar. There is some very important information about the mechanics of both the left and right hands. This is hugely important not only for your sound, but for learning to play with ease and without hurting yourself.
We look at how to feel the compás of Soleá before even picking up a guitar learning some palmas (handclap) patterns. Palmas are the original percussion instrument in flamenco and an essential part of the music and the culture.
A word from Kai about what we’re about to do, and how to proceed if you’re a little overwhelmed at this point. Also how to proceed if you’re working from the Flamenco Explained book (https://flamencoexplained.com/shop/flamenco-explained-guitarists-survival-guide-book/) and aren’t sure how to inco...
We look at a very important element of the Soleá compás called the Escobilla and we dive into one of the most distinctive and fun techniques in flamenco - the rasgueado. By the end of this lesson we’ll really sound like flamenco guitarists!
We look at another one of the main Escobilla melodies used in Soleá and we introduce arpeggio technique, which is the basis for much of our right-hand technique on the guitar. Then we recap the Escobilla material we have learned so far, and we look at how we can use some of the new material to ma...
In this video we look at a great traditional falseta that’s often used as an introduction for Soleá and we use this as an opportunity to look at the technique of slurs, which are more commonly known as hammer-ons and pull-offs. We also include a slightly advanced version of this falseta for those...
We learn another traditional falseta involving rest-strokes in the thumb, and we get into the finer points of using our thumb for flamenco. Proper thumb technique is essential to sounding flamenco, so this is a really important le
In our third falseta we look at Picado technique. These are the rest-stroke scales you’ve heard played at blinding speeds, and as with all technique we ned to learn some good fundamentals before we get going too fast, so we look at the mechanics and a few exercises before getting to our picado fa...
In this lesson we look at how to make bar chords without stressing out your left hand. If you’re new to bar chords or if you’ve ever had any tension or pain from playing bar chords you’ll want to check this out. Plus it’s an important preparation for the falseta in the next lesson.