I feel lucky to have learned flamenco the old-fashioned way, and that’s how I teach it. I emphasize compás and understanding the structures and forms of flamenco and I tailor material to the student’s technical level so that the material itself becomes the foundation of solid right and left hand techniques.
I’ve been teaching for over 20 years now, and as a result of learning flamenco the traditional way and only later studying theory and composition, I’ve developed some ways of teaching compás (rhythms specific to flamenco) and all other aspects of flamenco that really seem to work for students who have been studying for a while but haven’t quite ‘gotten’ how compás works.
I’ve worked with absolute beginners, professional guitarist, a rock star or two, and even accomplished flamenco guitarists who just need help figuring out how to navigate accompaniment of cante and baile. There’s a big difference between being able to play a flamenco guitar solo and understanding the language of flamenco. One of my favorite things is helping guitarists learn to put it all together so they can be comfortable with any singer or dancer they might run into at a gig.
I teach in my studio in Hollywood as well as on Skype (or Facetime, or whatever comes next). Skype may not be quite as good as being in the same room, but if you don’t have access to a great teacher wherever you are, it’s really the next best thing.