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Thread #156004   Message #3675515
Posted By: Don Firth
07-Nov-14 - 02:34 PM
Thread Name: Obit: Manitas de Plata, old 'silver fingers'
Subject: RE: Obit: Manias de Plata, old 'silver fingers'
Al, this is not to put him down as a guitarist. He was fantastic!

But even though he used the same technique as flamenco guitarists, he played fast and loose with the forms that make it flamenco.

[A twelve-bar blues that contains fourteen bar phrases is no longer a twelve-bar blues.]

Carlos Montoya got the same flak from flamenco guitarists when he stopped accompanying dancers and started doing solo concerts--and diddled with the forms themselves.

Dig up some old Sabicas records. Or one primarily classical guitarist who can play some damned fine flamenco is Pepe Romero.

Don Firth