Flamenco Explained is: a book, video tutorials, a philosophy.
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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.
Four Sevillanas in four different keys (E, A, F# and B phrygian). These Sevillanas are pretty advanced both technically and rhythmically, so you may want to review the Traditional Sevillanas tutorial before tackling this.
This Alzapua falseta is relatively simple but has one new feature, which is that rather than start on beat 12 it starts on beat 11. Thinking of beat 11 as a pickup to a downbeat on beat 12 can help make this feel more natural.
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.
Bulerias Explained - Level 2 - Syncopated Falseta by Kai Narezo - PERFORMANCE
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.
Bulerias Explained - Level 2 - Thumb Falseta by Kai Narezo - PERFORMANCE
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.
Bulerias Explained - Level 1 - Arpeggio Falseta by Kai Narezo - PERFORMANCE
A relatively simple falseta that is traditionally phrased with 8th notes starting on beat 12 and ending on beat 6, until the final longer phrase which starts on 12 and end on beat 6 of the next compás.
Tarantas Explained - Traditional Intro Falseta - Performance & Tutorial
A simple but very effective intro for Tarantas that features a lot of the “connective tissue” ideas at the end, this one is also taken from Paco’s ‘Tarantos Populares,’ but is played as Taranta and not in strict Tarantos time.
Tarantas Explained - Intro Falseta by Kai Narezo - Performance & Tutorial
One of my falsetas that I use as an intro, this one features some advanced arpeggio patterns and a bit of alzapua and thumb at the end. It’s really two falsetas joined together, but since I almost always play them as one I thought I’d present them that way here.
Tarantos Explained - Traditional Escobilla Version 1 - Performance & Tutorial
This is one version of a very traditional Escobilla for Tarantos. As I explain in the video, there are many (sometimes weird) ways of playing this falseta for dance, but the essential melody remains the same, and you can use any variation for solo guitar.