Flamenco Explained - You Can Learn Flamenco Guitar
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.
From just getting started to improvising your own variations and playing Palmas, we have everything you need to get in compás, stay in compás, and make your compás playing as interesting as your falsetas!
If you're new to Soleá we strongly recommend you take our Beginner Course, but you'll also find the Soleá compás tutorials from that course in this playlist.
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.
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.
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!
This lesson gets to the heart of how flamenco works, which should make much more sense now that you have all the material necessary to put together your first solo. As we discuss how to arrange your own solo, we’ll learn the essence of how the flamenco mind thinks. This will help you make sense o...
Ever wonder why so many different chords in flamenco have the same name, or why we use so many versions of the same chord when accompanying Cante? In this video Kai breaks down the difference between a chord and a voicing and then shows you a ton of great voicings (chords) to use when playing Por...
A really quick introduction to the basic flamenco forms, including Soleá, Soleá por Buleria, Buleria, Tientos, Tangos, Rumba, Alegrias, Seguirilla, Guajiras, Farruca, Colombiana, Taranto, Taranta and Fandango de Huelva. Not all of the Palos, but a good intro to some of the more common ones.
Survival Guide - All the sections of soleá for accompanying dance including: the letras, escobilla, falseta, compás, subida and "the flip" to Bulerias. TAB for this falseta for dance can be found in the TABS playlist.
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...
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...