The Academy of Flamenco Guitar

The Academy of Flamenco guitar no longer exists.
(PO Box 1292 is now closed.)

These documents are the original content of The Academy of Flamenco Guitar, created in the years 1969 through 1972.

The Introduction To Flamenco was intended to be"quick and dirty" way of getting started with compas, after I realized The Flamenco Guitar was more complex, since it provided a more thorough basis for understanding falsetas.

Although there is some redundancy, and I've learned much more over the years, but I hope these documents can still provide a decent starting foundation for the Flamenco guitar.

Finally, bear in mind that during those years many of us were "flying blind", and experimenting with techniques, etc. I would approach things differently in many cases now, so keep an open mind as to engineering solutions to Flamenco guitar problems....:-)

Open the .pdf documents to access the multimedia examples; if they don't work, try using Internet Explorer...

The Academy of Flamenco Guitar

Compas Analysis

An analysis of Flamenco rhythm
(metric) structures

Compas Analysis

Flamenco Compas Loops

The links below are to compas loops in .wav format. You can save the files to your computer by right clicking and selecting "save target as". You can then import them into an audio editor ( Audacity is excellent and free (Shift + Space to loop).

6/8 3/4 Compas

Dobles (110)

Dobles (120)

Bulerias (100)

Alegrias (65)

Alegrias (85)

Fandangos (85)

Sevillanas (90)

Siguiriyas (85)

Solea por Bulerias (65)

Solea por Bulerias (85)

Taconeo (60)

Taconeo (Triplets 1)

Taconeo (Triplets 2)

2/4, 4/4 Compas

Tangos (85)

Tangos 1 (85)

Tangos 2 (85)




Taranto (50)


These are collections of falsetas in the above "palos" (Flamenco forms); Includes tablature and audio.

Music Theory

This is an analysis of Flamenco music intendend to show its harmonic and scalar foundations in the context of conventional music theory.

Music Theory for Flamenco (75 Kb)


Toque Flamenco

This was intended as an upgrade/replacement to the previous documents I created, but the roof fell in before I could add the multimedia components. It is therefore somewhat redundant, but does include newer insights and analysis.

Toque Flamenco (12.5 Mb)