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.
Gear Review – Rosette Products’ Bridge Tie Guard
Up for review is Rosette Products' clear bridge tie guard. A very simple addition to your guitar to protect it from those nasty dings you may get (if) when the string(s) unravel at the bridge. It comes in a nice handy-dandy package with simple instructions. The kit is very easy to install and take 5... Continue Reading →
Duende: A Flamenco Rush
Have you ever had a rush of feelings/emotions when you hear a certain song? What is that feeling? Where does it come from?
Watch: Bulerias. It’s groovy. Jerez style.
This is a Bulerias in the Jerez format from the Bulerias master, Moraito. It's groovy, fun. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p5ypbEOZLUU
New Songs, New Show
I'm currently writing a terpsichorean Alegrias number along with rehearsing a favorite solo piece for the next show sometime in Spring 2018. It contains influences and personal interpretations of music that I have been listening to ranging from Paco De Lucia (Spain), Vincete Amigo (Spain), Gabriel Osuna (Los Angeles), Moraito Chico (Spain), Enrique de Melchor... Continue Reading →
Final Verdict – Strings
I've pretty much tried them all. Savarez, Belle, Hannabach, D'Addario, RC Strings, Pepe Romero, and on. For my setup (Felipe Conde FP 14N Negra and Paco de Lucia Studio Blanca), the best sounding strings are Savarez's Tomatito T50R NT Flamenco strings. They are normal tension, mixed set strings. Very unique arrangement that gives excellent bass... Continue Reading →