Do you wonder where to go to learn about flamenco history? Flamenco singing? Flamenco styles? The terminology?
Below you’ll find a variety of resources to assist you on your quest for more flamenco knowledge. While I’ve grouped them by subject, many categories overlap, so I encourage you to explore across groupings.
Ravenna Flamenco, a site geared toward guitarists, has flamenco metronomes where you can hear the different rhythms. Compás Flamenco provides explanations along with some audio examples. Another place to go for explanations is Flamenco En Beirut. If you're interested in purchasing something, the Sólo Cómpas series is great for practicing, and there are many rhythm apps on the market as well.
Studio Flamenco offers in-depth explanations complete with examples of a variety of forms.
You can read more about the different types of cante here. And here is a great introduction to flamenco with a focus on cante and rhythm from Alfonso Cid. You can listen to examples of the different cantes through the Instituto Andaluz del Flamenco here*.
Many of the above links provide historical info. This article from andalucia.com discusses flamenco in general and its origins, this one from Ambiente Flamenco talks provides a comprehensive and easy to read account of flamenco across time, and this is a quick read from the Economist on the history of flamenco and where it's going. Finally here is an in-depth take from Alfonso Cid. Horizonte Flamenco offers extensive articles on the history of flamenco in Spanish.
Didáctica del Flamenco from the Centro Andaluz del Flamenco is a resource that offers online “lessons” complete with questions for the student.
Watching & listening
(If you are looking for a video example of something specific you can do a search on this site by typing “video + …” in the search bar on this site. For example if you are looking for examples of alegrías type “video + alegrías” into the search bar, or if you are looking for examples of Manuel Liñan type “video + Manuel Liñan” etc.)
And you can find tons of flamenco videos on YouTube, Facebook, Vimeo, etc.
Online flamenco dance learning
Here you can browse through articles that include activities you can do from home. If you’re looking for something more structured, check out my article about Where to Study Flamenco Dance Online.
Letras (flamenco song verses) in Spanish & English
Click here to access flamenco verses with translations by palo.
Click here for interviews with professional flamenco artists.
Still want more but not sure what you want?
Check out My Top 25 Favorite Flamenco Blog Posts from this site.
There you have it, some of my go-to sources for flamenco information …
What resources (on or offline) have you found useful to your flamenco learning? Please let me know in the comments below. There are a lot of flamenco documentaries out there too. I’ve chosen not to include those in today’s article but feel free to share any that you’ve enjoyed below.
*The site for the Instituto Andaluz del Flamenco is not very user friendly, but you can put “Instituto Andaluz del Flamenco” and the palo you want to hear into a Google search, and it will guide you to the appropriate page.
EDIT: I forgot to include Ambiente Flamenco, a great overall resource, so I have since added it to some of the categories above.