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.
When you start playing with other flamencos it seems like there’s always more to learn and literally no way to know what exactly you need to know right now. That’s what the survival guide is for. Here we’ll show you just enough to get you started with any Palo so you look like you’ve known this all your life (but, you know, maybe you haven’t played this particular thing in a while…). It’s organized by Palo and it’s a very practical bunch of videos in that we avoid any information you don’t strictly need to know and get straight to the important stuff.
We’ll show you what you need to know to get through a dance class where they’re teaching Guajiras, or what the most important things to know are about Seguirillias if you need to play that for tablao gig. After watching these videos you’ll probably still have a ton of questions, and you may not be an expert yet, but we’ll get you through the gig , whatever it may be.
P.S. I got a lot of dirty looks when I first started playing for dance classes 30 years ago because I knew next to nothing. Humiliation was sort of a daily thing because of how little I knew. If this section can help you avoid some of those dirty looks then my work here is done.
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.
Here's a quick rundown on what to look out for as you jump in to Guijiras - the important bits to get used to playing and to learn so you can get started and also recognize the myriad variations on these themes you'll hear as you listen to Guajiras.
Here are the most important and tricky bits to look out for as you jump in to Seguirillas, along with the one falseta you have to know to play this Palo. If you're not clear on how the compás works for Seguirilla be sure to check out the Seguirilla Palmas video.