How do you count compás?

How do you count compás?

Compás (the rhythmic cycle of each palo) is the most important element to understand if you want to dance flamenco.

Without control of the compás (rhythmic pattern) for each palo it just doesn't happen. 

If you've been studying for a while and trying to figure things out you might have noticed that different people have different ideas about how to count or describe the compás of a palo.

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Llamada por bulerías {con percusión corporal}

Llamada por bulerías {con percusión corporal}

After our last tutorial where we tried out some body percussion we're now going to add it to a llamada for bulerias. 

This is a simple llamada (ha! nothing is simple in flamenco) that uses a variation of one of the percussion patterns we learnt previously and also includes in the first compás a typical pattern for a llamada for a 12 beat compás. 

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Body percussion for flamenco dance

Body percussion for flamenco dance

Something that we thought would be fun to take a look at is how flamenco uses the body as a percussive instrument.

José says that body percussion used to be something that only men used in flamenco but in these modern times both men and women use these techniques. 

Most importantly it is lots of fun and can be a great introduction to working with rhythm if you are new to the idea.  

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