Jose Feliciano: Mastering All Techniques

Jose Feliciano – Flight of The Bumble Bee


Switching from Flatpicking to fingerpicking

By Miche Archetto:
Here is Puerto Rican singer and guitar virtuoso José Feliciano in his famous interpretation of the “Flight of the bumblebee” (originally composed for orchestra by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov). At 1:03 he gets rid of his pick and switches to fingerpicking. José Feliciano became very popular in the 60s for his guitar playing and singing. According to his official website, he has recently embarked in a world tour.
The wikipedia entry reads:
“Feliciano was born in Lares, Puerto Rico, on September 10, 1945. Left permanently blind at birth as a result of congenital glaucoma, he was first exposed to music at the age of three. […] When he was five, his family moved to Spanish Harlem, New York City, and at age nine, he played the Teatro Puerto Rico in The Bronx. He started his musical life playing the accordion until his father and family friend, Benjamin Borges, gave him his first guitar in a brown paper bag. He would play by himself in his room for up to 14 hours a day, listening to 1950s rock’n’roll records, classical guitarists such as Andrés Segovia, and jazz players such as Wes Montgomery. He later had classical lessons with Harold Morris, who had been a student of Segovia.
At 17 he quit school to play in clubs, having his first professional, contracted performance in Detroit.”
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