Palos are the different musical forms of Flamenco (ie. Bulerias, Fandangos, Tientos etc.)
Compás is the repeated beat pattern of a particular palo.
Click to see a family tree of the Flamenco Palos.
The chart below is of the basic 12 beat palos. The stressed beats are indicated in
the lighter color. Keep in mind that Flamenco is notorious for innovation and you
will encounter many compás variations.
Palos with a 4 or 8 beat compás include: Colombianas, Farrucas, Danza Mora, Garrotín,
Milongas, Rumbas, Tangos, Tanguillos, Tientos, Tarantos & Zambras.
Palos with a 3 or 6 beat compás include: Boleros, Fandangos, Granainas, Malagueñas,
Rondeñas, Sevillanas & Verdiales.
These midis were created by and are courtesy of Flamenco guitarist Sal Bonavita.
A simple online metronome to help keep you on time.
Compás Flamenco Metronome
An affordable computer program you can download for Windows and Mac designed
specifically for flamenco.
Jas's Midi Hand Drum Rhythm Generator
A free online rhythm generator that allows you to generate rhythms with any number of
accented and non-accented beats. For example, a DttDttDtDtDt will provide you with one
of the main compás patterns for bulería. You can adjust the tempo (40 to 300) and
download the rhythms you create in midi format.
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The chart below shows the relationship of these palos and illustrates that the patterns are the
same, their only differences lie in where they start and stop.