A collection of ideas, experiences, and joys from learning to play and perform Flamenco music. Tabs, articles, videos, blog.

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Right hand technique and KT Tape

One of the things I have been struggling since the beginning is my right hand technique.  Coming from 30+ years of playing electric/acoustic with a pick, switching over to Flamenco has been tough. One of the aides I have employed is the usage of KT (kinesiology) tape. Since I play a lot of sports, I... Continue Reading →

New Family Member!

It's a new Córdoba 45 Limited Edition! It's a full body classical guitar customized into a Flamenco guitar by Guillermo Rios of Long Beach Guitar Repair. Handmade in Spain with a solid European spruce top and black/white ebony back and sides. 650mm scale. I slapped on some Savarez Tomatito normal tension strings and it surprisingly... Continue Reading →

Masterclass with Pepe Fernandez

Had the privilege of attending a Flamenco masterclass last Saturday (1/27/2018) by Pepe Fernandez sponsored by Solera Flamenca and hosted at MKM Cultural Dance Studio.  We received detailed explanations on technique and playing falsetas, soleas, and compas. Also in attendance were well-known performers Manuel Gutierrez (dancer) and Jose Cortez (signer).  They also provided tips on... Continue Reading →

NAMM 2018

It was my first time attending the NAMM show in Anaheim, CA.  It was much bigger than I expected. First stop was to see Flamenco virtuoso Pepe Fernandez at the Solera Flamenco booth. Such a young guy with incredible talent. Then, I went upstairs to the Cordoba Guitars booth to watch Ben Woods, Juanito Pascual,... Continue Reading →

Live Performance – Feria de Abril

  I'll be performing Sunday, April 15th at the Feria de Abril in Los Alamitos, CA with my Flamenco brothers and sisters of the Tanaka Flamenco Dojo! This is an all-day festival honoring the Andalusian fair held at the same time in Seville, Spain. Throughout the day, many dance companies from across Southern California will be... Continue Reading →

Flamenco YouTube channel 

Coming soon from R-13 Studios in Downey, CA will be a video channel for everything Flamenco including gear review, local events, palos, palmas, and even a little Wii Sports. First episode will have Sensei Jose y Randín's take on capos.  Stay tuned!

Gear Review – D’Addario Fret Polishing System

Here's an easy way to get that nice, crisp, "new-ish" sound out of your existing strings. Polish the frets! Simple packaging: The inner flap is a polishing template so you don't ruin the fingerboard. Start polishing away. Done in 5 minutes. Restring the guitar. Twang!!!! Verdict: Go get it here: Strings by Mail.

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