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.
“Kai Narezo is hands down the best teacher of flamenco I have ever encountered. His thinking is organized and his explanations clear and cogent. His background, training and experience superbly qualify him to provide instruction for both solo flamenco guitar and accompaniment, a rarity on American soil. Kai seems always to genuinely care about my progress and consistently goes the extra mile for me. I will stay with him as long as he will have me.”
- North Carolina
“This isn’t just your average flamenco guitar music; not by any stretch of the imagination.”
~Devon “Doc” Wendell
Devon “Doc” Wendell
“Clearly, he is a master of both the instrument and the intrinsic language of flamenco.
~Pablo San Nicasio Chalaura.com
Pablo San Nicasio – Chalaura.com
- Madrid, Spain
“I have studied with many of the very best private music teachers in Los Angeles during my career as a professional musician and I consider Kai to be among that group. He takes his craft seriously and has a very thorough understanding of his instrument, harmonic theory and how that knowledge is conveyed to the the student. I highly recommend him as a teacher.”
- Los Angeles
“Contra Tiempo is an album that all musicians should own and study.”
~Devon “Doc” Wendell