A collection of ideas, experiences, and joys from learning to play and perform Flamenco music. Tabs, articles, videos, blog.
Big day on Sunday April 15th. I'll be performing with my Flamenco brothers and sisters under the direction of maestro Jose Tanaka at the Feria de Abril in Los Alamitos, CA. We have several numbers including Fandangos, Bulerias, a beautiful Alegrias, and a guitar ensemble of Tangos/Bulerias. Get you tickets here!
I've contacted renowned guitar luthier Boaz Elkayam to create for me a masterpiece concert Flamenco guitar. He painstakingly crafts these instruments with incredible detail to sound and craftsmanship. He is known in the Flamenco community to have made guitars for Flamenco maestros Jose Tanaka and Adam del Monte, to name a couple. I've personally played two... Continue Reading →
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 guitar maestro Jose Tanaka, Manuel Gutierrez (dancer) and Jose Cortez (signer). They... 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 →