Understanding Flamenco: Compás (rhythm)

Understanding Flamenco: Compás (rhythm)

Understanding Flamenco: Compás (rhythm)

Learn the rhythm of flamenco in an entertaining and dynamic way. Essential for everyone; you will learn the different ways of clapping, the accents and common variations for the different flamenco styles.

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Starting dates: every Monday

Duration: 3 levels: beginner, intermediate and advanced
Maximum 12 students per group
PRICE: 62,50 € per week (if you book only one week, the price is 78,50 €)

This class is ideal for those interested in discovering the mystery of the “compás” or rhythm of Flamenco. The “compás” refers most frequently to the clapping accompaniment so essential to create the hypnotic pulse of flamenco. The goal of this class is to train students to distinguish between the diverse rhythms of the music and to teach them the techniques of the compás in all of its different forms.

The compás or rhythm of flamenco is the key musical element that unites the three fundamental forms of expression that make up flamenco: guitar, voice, and dance and is essential in understanding, learning, and creating this art form. Flamenco consists of diverse styles called palos such as fandangos, tangos, alegrías, bulerías and more. The difference between them lies predominantly in the rhythm and melody of each.

Our teachers are professional dancers, guitarists, and singers with a deep knowledge of the flamenco compás and have had years of experience teaching the different levels.

Intensive Compás consists of an hour of class daily Monday through Friday. Our school offers three different levels: beginner (1 week), intermediate (1 week) and advanced (2 weeks). Usually students will pass on to the next level as to the programme scheduled, however, according to the advise of the teacher and the students preference, they may choose to repeat a level before going to the next one. In each class, the teacher will explain and demonstrate the base tempos of the most common compases and the students will learn the accompanying clapping for the different styles.

At the beginning level, students study the most basic clapping accompaniments for the main styles of flamenco: tangos, soleá, alegrías, bulerías, seguiriyas, taranto, jaleos, fandangos, and more while also learning to distinguish between them by listening to guitar pieces. At the intermediate level, students study the fundamentals of more complex clapping accompaniment, counter-rhythms, and basic finales. At the advanced level, students study the different counter-rhythms with increasing velocity, more complex finales, drumming, and double-speed counter-times.

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