OK – so it turns out you can’t explain flamenco in 6 1/2  minutes, but February is flamenco month at GSI, so I tried to cram a lot of information into a very short amount time to give a very basic idea of the tonality of the flamenco-phrygian thing and then of what the whole compás thing is all about.  The first video is for anyone who plays guitar but not flamenco, and wants a little overview of what’s going on. I’ll look at some actual music and a few of the techniques that are unique to flamenco in coming videos. I’ll post a couple of these a week and if by the end of the month you haven’t learned anything useful, well, I’ll give you your money back. And I’ll have some friends do videos, too, so you don’t get sick of me.

The second video is a bit more advanced – for people who already play flamenco and are trying to improve their compás. It’s one of the best tricks I know for learning to feel really comfortable with your compás. This video will make a lot of sense if you’ve been at flamenco for a while, and less if you’re newer to this whole thing. I’ll post some more like this, as well, throughout the month.

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21 Responses to “Intro To Flamenco & Compás”

  1. Nikki MacLeod says:

    Brilliant. Thank you so much. Nikki

  2. Brian says:

    What a brilliant idea – this is how Flamenco has always been taught, by demonstration and imitation. What are the chances of making available a PDF of the music, or even recommend some relevant available printed material as back-up, for classical players who still like to refer to the dots…?

  3. Richard says:

    Thanks Kai and GSI for this useful and entertaining video!

  4. Steve says:

    Bravo! This is the best explanation of the 12 count compas that I have seen. Excellent!

  5. A GREAT intro… I second the above comment on the possibility of making availabe either pdf files with the music, or recommending other printed material that would provide the music for us Classical playere… Thank you for posting this…

  6. Stephanie says:

    Thanks Kai and GSI. This video very clearly explains fundamentals in a very clear and concise manner. Easy to grasp with immediate results.

  7. Holyevil says:

    On the 3nd video.. you mean that we should always know where we are in relation to the 10 after the 3? ie between 3 and 10?

    • Kai says:

      Exactly – not that it’s the easiest thing in the world to stay in compás between the 10 and the 3 (and a lot can happen there, too), but that space between 3 and 10 really lets you play with the timing of the resolution, which is where a lot of the fun happens.

  8. […] from the Guitar Salon blog gives a brief introduction to flamenco with two video lessons. This is a great set of lessons, and if you’re new to flamenco or just […]

  9. Palmer Hoovestal says:

    These are very helpful. Please continue.

  10. cuchares says:

    Very Nice.
    As far as finding the 10 goes …It’s just before the 11 and just after the 9.

    Just tryin’ to help:-)

  11. cuchares says:

    Here’s an example of traditional flamenco played recently where the concept of sentiemento is articulated.


  12. marc says:

    I play classical, with a perverted interest in flamenco [don’t tell my teacher]. Excellent format [video] to teach. Kai is superb. Thank you.

  13. Diego de Oro says:

    Good job Kai. Felicidades.

  14. stephen carney says:

    Wonderful introduction to compas. Extremely helpful!

  15. stephen says:

    Kai, what guitar are you playing?

  16. Vittorio Frigo says:

    Hey Kai, what you’re playing is “soleá por bulerias”!…


  17. congratulations the videos are great!


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