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.

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  • Solea Compás Tutorial

    Here we look at the 12-beat compás in the context of Soleá. This is one of the most important lessons on this site, so even if you think you now this you might want to start here for review.

  • Solea Compas Examples - Performance

    Watch this to see what we'll be covering in the Solea Compás examples tutorial.

  • Introduction to Rasgueado - Tutorial

    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.

  • Palmas - Solea

    Start here for your palmas - this lesson looks at the basic palmas patterns for Soleá. Much of this will be the foundation for all of the 12-beat compases.

  • Lesson 3 - Part 1 - Time

    In this video we look at some abstract, but very important, concepts of time and rhythm. First we look at how measures and compass are organized, then we look at how beats are subdivided.

  • Lesson 3 - Part 2 - Feeling Compás with Palmas

    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.

  • Lesson 3 - Part 3 - Feeling Compás Intro to Chords

    We learn some of the chords that we’ll need to start playing flamenco!

  • Lesson 3 - Part 4 - Feeling Compás with Chords

    Now that we’ve learned some chords and we’ve learned the basic compás of Soleá we start putting it all together on the guitar!

  • Lesson 4 - Part 2 - Soleá Compás

    We start playing flamenco! First we talk about Soleá, the Palo (style) that we’ll be using to learn flamenco throughout this course, and then we dive in to playing compás.

  • Lesson 4 - Part 3 - Syncopation

  • Lesson 4 - Part 4 - Escobilla & Rasgueado

    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!

  • Lesson 4 - Part 14 - Ending A Soleá

    You’ll need a good way to end your Soleá, so we take a look at a few options you have for doing that.

  • Lesson 5 - Part 2 - Putting it Together

    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...

  • Chords and Voicings in Flamenco

    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...

  • Overview of Flamenco Palos (styles) - Tutorial

    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 - Solea for accompanying dance

    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...

  • How To Practice Compás - Tutorial

    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...

  • Solea Basic Compas Page 3

    Solea Basic Compas page 3 from the book Flamenco Explained: The Guitarist's Survival Guide.

  • Solea Basic Compas Beats 1-6 Page 4

    Solea Basic Compas beats 1-6 page 4 from the book Flamenco Explained: The Guitarist's Survival Guide.

  • Solea Basic Compas Beats 7-12 Page 5

    Solea Basic Compas beats 7-12 page 5 from the book Flamenco Explained: The Guitarist's Survival Guide.

  • Solea Simple Phrases Page 8

    Solea simple phrases page 8 from the book Flamenco Explained: The Guitarist's Survival Guide.

  • Solea Escobilla Phrase Variations Page 9

    Solea escobilla phrase variations page 9 from the book Flamenco Explained: The Guitarist's Survival Guide.

  • Solea Complete Compases Page 6

    Solea complete compases page 6 from the book Flamenco Explained: The Guitarist's Survival Guide.