Example JOSÉ FELICIANO STYLE
There is no doubt about it, this is hard! José’s picking hand is a thing of wonder and although he does not think of himself as a flamenco player the influence of that style is apparent in all he does. I’ve shown an alternating ‘im’ picking pattern here which is effective – start slowly if you are new to this.
We explore the alternating flamenco style ‘im’ patterns on the bass strings here. Note how you will need a different posture on the picking hand for this, but remember that it is significantly slower than the opening lick.
José is also very adept at keeping rhythmic accompaniment patterns going – but look out for the brief increase in pace on beat three (the E).
A development from the rhythmic pattern in bar 10.