What flamenco is NOT
Jose Feliciano has a special place in my heart. He was one of
my earliest guitar inspirations back in the 60's and some of
his songs still bring a tear to my eye. Feliciano has been
described as "the original crossover artist". With over 65
albums and 6 Grammy awards to his credit, he certainly deserves
my admiration for these remarkable achievements, especially
since he taught himself how to play the guitar. I would just
like to point out here that the word 'flamenco' does not appear
anywhere in his bio.
I have personally never heard any tracks based on a
12 beat compás in any of
the recordings I've listened to. This comes as no surprise
to me since traditional flamenco is not what he's famous
for. Try telling that to record companies and tour
promoters. In the past they have played a major role in
spreading their own misconceptions, by billing artists such
as Jose Feliciano as "flamenco guitarists".
Consequently when playing in a restaurant, one of the
questions I am asked after plugging the guitar lead into the
amplifier is "Where's your microphone?".