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A TONEBASE COURSE

30-Day
Flamenco
Fundamentals
Course
with Kai Narezo

By The tonebase Team www.tonebase.co


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Fundamentals Course

What's
that way, you can immediately begin to
understand what it is and talk about it
with others. Later on, you will be working

Inside? through specific musical examples (all


accompanied by tabs and scores) and by
the end of this course, you will be playing
Welcome to Kai Narezo’s 30-Day a solo Flamenco piece!
course on playing Flamenco guitar!

HISTORY
In this series of lessons, you will learn
everything you need to understand how Flamenco is the music that developed in
Flamenco works, what it is, and how it's the south of Spain (andalusia) over the
different from classical guitar in terms of course of hundreds of years. At that time,
the techniques and how to approach it. Southern Spain was a place where you had
many cultures all living together. You had
In this opening, you will be introduced to the Spaniards, the Moors or Northern
the 12-beat compás found throughout Africans, the Jews, and the Gypsies.
Flamenco music as well as some of the Everyone was living peacefully together
language and words used in Flamenco. for a long time - almost 800 years in the
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South of Spain - and the music that came solea is also referred to as the 'Mother
out of this period was a combination of all of Flamenco' because it's the oldest
these cultures being in one place. form of Flamenco in addition to being
one of the most serious. It's great for
guitarists though because it's slower and
COMPÁS
will be a perfect place for you to start
learning Flamenco!
Compás is a word that can be used many
different ways in Flamenco. It has many
meanings, but it’s important to understand
one in particular to get started. For our
purposes, the main definition of Compás
is a 12-beat cycle (similar to a measure)
with accents that aren't regularly arranged.

Most Flamenco books will tell you that the


accents are on beats 3, 6, 8, 10 and 12
which is not untrue but there’s also much
more to the story. For instance, very often
we'll have accents on 3, and then 7, 8, 9,
and 10. We can also have accents on 3, 6, 9,
and 12 like a regular measure of three (3/4
or 6/8). There are a lot of different ways to
arrange a compás. In the coming lessons,
you will learn the most traditional ones
first.

SOLEA

In this course, Kai will be teaching Solea,


or Soleares. These two words are used
interchangeably to mean a particular style
which is a very slow, 12-beat compás.
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Course
Outline
A brief list of lessons and topics
covered in this course. You will receive
more information over time!

#01
WHAT IS FLAMENCO?

In this lesson, Kai introduces


Flamenco style playing, the
differences between traditional
Classical Guitar and Flamenco and
demonstrates some the variety of
rhythms and sounds in Flamenco.

#02
DEMYSTIFYING COMPÁS

This lesson is all about Compás.


What the word means. How to think
about the cycle. How to approach the
variations of it. A term that can mean
so many things in many contexts, Kai
demystifies and breaks it down!
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#03
ALL ABOUT RASGUEADOS

You may have strummed the guitar


before, but if you're a traditional
Classical Guitarist, you'll be
impressed with the fine motor skills
Kai demonstrates in this lesson on
Rasguedos and Rasguedo technique.

#04
EVEN MORE COMPÁS

Not convinced Compás is important?


Well maybe this 2nd lesson will
change your mind. After the initial
introduction to the topic, Kai now
dives deep into the rhythmic
complexities & variations of Compás.

#05
THE ART OF THE THUMB

In Flamenco, the thumb is perhaps


your most important tool. This
lesson breaks down the different way
Flamenco guitarists use their thumb,
from strumming to how to maintain
your thumb nails - it's all inside.
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#06
WHAT THE HECK IS ALZAPUA?

Alzapua - you may have heard the


term. But what the heck is it? Kai
breaks down this common thumb
technique and demonstrates how to
achieve clear rhythm and sound
when performing the technique.

#07
ON ARPEGGIO PICADO

Arpeggio's are a technique shared


between Classical & Flamenco guitar.
Picado on the other hand, is unique
to Flamenco. In this lesson, Kai
explains what Picado is, when to use
it and helps build your rest stroke.

#08
MASTERING YOUR SOLO

This is it! The holy grail. This final


lesson puts all your learnings to the
test by covering a Flamenco solo. Kai
will teach you a section of a peice
which - while not easy, is truly
achievable by anyone in this course.