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July 12, 2018

Intro to Flamenco Compás

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.

Comments (3)

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!!!!

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