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.
A great place to start! In this playlist you'll find everything from a breakdown of the Soleá compás to full guitar solos to individual falsetas, along with explanations of how the various sections of Soleá work in the context of Cante or Baile.
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...
The Salida isn't technically a letra, but it's the first thing you'll have to play if you're accompanying a Soleá. In this video Kai and Juan discuss the Salida, show you some examples, and break it all down.
In this video we get to the heart of accompanying por Soleá by looking at the letras. We break down the entire letra and also show you what to listen for so you can know what letra is coming and how to accompany it.
Most Palos have a Macho - a different kind of letra that happens at the end that either speeds up (often morphing into another Palo) or changes key. The Macho por Soleá that we look at here does both, and it's a pretty common one. So while we've been singing a Soleá, this Macho speeds up into a S...