We developed Flamenco Explained to be a resource for all flamenco students and aficionados. We aim to demystify this amazing art form by focusing on the form and the art rather than the culture and the mystery. We don’t believe in dumbing anything down – we just believe that many aspects of flamenco can be explained and understood by anyone who’s willing to put in the time and who has a good guide. We hope to be that guide.
Flamenco Sherpa & Co-Author of Flamenco Explained - The Guitarists Survival Guide
Kai has been a working flamenco guitarist for over 25 years and a teacher for more than 20. He started his studies with Dennis Koster in New York in the late 80’s and spent Summers at the Cordoba Guitar Festival studying with Paco Peña. After college he moved to Spain, where he studied with a younger generation of players who brought him up to date. Once he had begun playing professionally he decided to go back to school – the Berklee College of Music – to learn all that pesky note-reading and music theory, so he could be a better-rounded musician. Since then he has been performing, recording and teaching pretty much non-stop.
One of his greatest joys in life is helping guitarists ‘get’ how flamenco works. Some years back he started teaching Scott Wolf (who happened to be dating a flamenco dancer friend of Kai’s, now Scott’s wife). Scott was an accomplished classical guitarist who had studied flamenco in depth as part of his studies and even lived and studied in Spain. Scott convinced Kai that his method of explaining compás and other elements of flamenco was something new – Scott started ‘getting’ aspects of flamenco that had previously eluded him – and that this method needed to be shared. Together they set out to put this method into notation, and the result is Flamenco Explained – the Guitarist’s Survival Guide.
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Rocket is a Siberian Retriever – which is a fancy term for Lab Husky mix. He was born in December, 2015.
He can often be found at the foot of any guitarist chewing his bone or toy (on their foot). He finds it soothing to enjoy a good gnaw while listening to guitar. He does not understand compás, but can be seen trying to learn in several cameos through out the tutorial videos.
When Rocket was adopted by his mother from hipsters, she was delighted to learn he came with an Instagram account which you can follow in the link below.