While some of the material on the Flamenco Explained site features material and tutorials on playing pieces or falsetas, in some of the videos I do my best to explain some of the concepts that I know from experience can really confuse students. Here’s an example of a video where I do a fair bit of talking in an attempt to explain the concept of compás. Compás is a somewhat slippery topic because the word itself is used in so many different ways in flamenco – I’d even argue that it has a few different meanings – so I try to break down the more important aspects of what it is and how it works. If you’re new to flamenco, or have had a hard time grasping what exactly compás is, then this might be a useful lesson. I also break down how compás works in my book, Flamenco Explained, which I co-wrote with Dr. Scott Wolf.

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3 Responses to “Intro to Flamenco Compás”

  1. Stephen Carney says:

    Wonderful Kai. I wished I had it explained this way years ago. It would have made it much clearer. Love the book!

  2. Luis Garzon says:

    This is the best explanation of compas and falsetas I have seen. I have been playing flamenco since I was six years old. So for me it was natural to fall into the various compas elements. I studied with Enrique Heredia and I would absorb things so fast back in my 20s.
    I still do at 65 but my hands are slower. But because I grew up on this I never could count and understand the accents of the various compas.
    Just like people who play a ninth and a 13th and call it a jazz chord but have no idea of harmony. They just play.
    It is what I did with flamenco. Now I am learning what I am doing. This is so great. Thanks!!!!

  3. Dr. Arturo F. Jasso says:

    Excellent. I think will help more if you were to talk a little slower.


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