A collection of ideas, experiences, and joys from learning to play and perform Flamenco music. Tabs, articles, videos, blog.
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 →
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 →
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 →
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 →
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 →
What can I say. This thing rocks! Change your strings in a jiffy! I like it alot. You can find these anywhere: Guitar Center, Strings by Mail, Reverb, etc. Go for it!
This is a cool little gadget to keep your strings tidy and help change them quickly without damaging/nicking the finish of your axe. I've been using them for several months now and I'm very happy with this product. Instructions are very easy to follow. Get them here: Rosetta Products These are the little guys that... Continue Reading →
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!
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.