JoseFeliciano.com

Six-time Grammy Award winning artist, acclaimed by critics throughout the world as "the greatest living guitarist"

Jose's guitar work is legendary. For over 30 years he has been "instrumental" in dignifying the acoustic guitar by bringing it to a level of acceptance rivaled by few in the industry. Soul, pop, rock, jazz, classical - in English Spanish and Italian, Jose has delighted people worldwide with his inimitable style. Honored by Guitar player Magazine, he is in their "Gallery of the Greats"; his hands are 'enbronzed' in Madame Tussaud's in London and Billboard Magazine has bestowed a Lifetime Achievement Award on the man whose life has been the guitar.

The Cuatro

Many interested in Feliciano's music have noticed his playing of the cuatro, the Puerto Rican stringed instrument. It is rather small, is sometimes quite beautifully decorated and sounds a little like a mandolin. Jose has played the instrument for many, many years, as his uncle played and even made them in Puerto Rico. Jose now has several and he considers them one of his most special possessions. A number of recordings include the sound of the cuatro, "Feliz Navidad", "The Little Drummer Boy", "Ponte A Cantar", to name a few. One of the tracks from "Señor Bolero" also has the distinctive sound of the cuatro.

To string this instrument one needs to use four sets of silk and steel light gauge strings which make up the unique combination: 2 High E's; 2 B's; 2 3rds; a 4th and a 1st and a 5th with a 3rd or a 2nd string. This combination allows for the seemingly "happy " or "jovial" sound of the cuatro, which is crisp and clean.

a nice website about the cuatro

The Electric

Jose Feliciano's love of the guitar includes also, those he plugs into an amp! In fact, though it isn't commonly considered, he has been playing the electric guitar nearly as long as the acoustic, though his image is that of an acoustic player. He has a nice collection of electric guitars including a cherry red Les Paul Guitar, autographed to Jose by Les Paul, himself, right on the front. What a treasure!

On the road, Jose tours with an electric guitar that, over the years, has evolved into quite a special instrument. It's a custom-made DiCarlo solid body guitar that he has used for the last 15 years or so. Over time, it has been lovingly worked to a point where we've coined it, Jose's Super Galactica! Some of its features include an on-board (old style) MXR distortion and MXR chorus with 2 double-coil pickups (Humbuckers). He likes GHS Boomers-Extra light-strings. Jose considers the electric guitar an important part of who he is, musically, and rarely performs without it.

The Acoustic

Clearly, however, it's safe to say, the acoustic guitar is Jose Feliciano's first love. Since he was a boy the acoustic guitar has been his best friend, his passport to the world; his salvation, as he puts it. It has been the source of his success and he will forever be grateful to this beautiful instrument.

Jose has played a number of different acoustic guitars, over the years. His very first, at nine years old, was a ten dollar, second-(or third!)-hand guitar given to him by his father. "Dad surprised me one day with this paper bag and in it was my first guitar!"

Later, he heard of the master guitar maker, Candelario del Gado, in Los Angeles, California. He made a number of guitars for Jose over a period of time but Jose remembers fondly that Candelario even lent him a guitar in the early years when he couldn't quite afford it on his own.

The last guitar Candelario ever made, it is told, is a very special one in Jose's collection: The Carved Head, as it is refered, was photographed extensively and used for recording purposes, but rarely, if ever, taken on tour. It gets its named from the carving on the head of the stock where a bold "JOSE" can be seen. There's a nice picture of it on the Romance in the Night LP.

The sons and nephews still run the shop, Candelas Guitars, in East L.A., and carry on the tradition of the master luthier, Candelario del Gado.

Currently, and for the last 10 years of so, Kirk Sand of The Guitar Shoppe, in Laguna Beach, Calilfornia, has been custom-building instruments for Jose. Kirk and Jim Mathewson have developed a design with Jose that they call aptly, the Jose Feliciano Model. It has the larger-than-usual dreadnot body but, of course, with nylon strings and a cutaway for easier
access up the fret board. It's a lovely instrument with sweet richness that is both deep and clean. You can hear it whenever you see Jose on tour or listen to him on record, most recently, of course, on Señor Bolero.

Nail Care

As an acoustic guitarist of Feliciano's stature, you can imagine that his nails are extremely important to his ability to perform.

His left hand, which frets the guitar, has very short nails, except for the "pinkie" and thumb nail which are not used for playing. His right hand, however, is the more particular in that it is the one that creates the crisp, clear sound that is necessary against the nylon strings. The nails cannot be too short or long, for that matter, and must have a perfect roundness with absolutely no "corners" at the cuticle. The pinkie, again, is not as important as the others, while the
right thumb nail is most crucial to his performance. It is a bit longer than the rest on that hand, and again, is perfectly round and very strong. God certainly blessed him there. One supposes the stimulation to his hands has helped his circulation, too, over the years---why, after all, are one's toenails stronger than the nails of the hand???

More on nail care

The History of the Guitar

A particularly good site offers a comprehensive history of the guitar:
Paul's Guitar Museum

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Re: Rain - Jose Feliciano

: would any one have the exact tab for Rain, will be much appreciated!!
: Thanks.

Re: Rain - Jose Feliciano

: : would any one have the exact tab for Rain, will be much appreciated!!
: : Thanks.

Re: Rain - Jose Feliciano

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Re: Rain - Jose Feliciano

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Re: Rain - Jose Feliciano

: : would you mail me "rain" guitar chords????

Rain - Jose Feliciano

would any one have the exact tab for <Rain>, will be much appreciated!!
Thanks.

joro

please send me tablature song destyni

Looking for Tab music for Light My Fire by JOSE FELICIANO

Dear Sir:

I am looking for tab music for Light My Fire My Jose Feliciano. I enjoy his music and have learned the guitar simply to play his type of music. Please tell me how I can find this particular song.
Sincerely,

Ralph Trillo

Looking for Tab music or chords for THE RAIN by JOSE FELICIANO

: Dear Sir:

: I am looking for tab music or chords for THE RAIN by Jose Feliciano. I enjoy his music and have learned the guitar simply to play his type of music. Please tell me how I can find this particular song.
: Sincerely,

: Afshin

Re: Looking for Tab music or chords for THE RAIN by JOSE FELICIANO

: : Dear Sir:

: : I am looking for tab music or chords for THE RAIN by Jose Feliciano. I enjoy his music and have learned the guitar simply to play his type of music. Please tell me how I can find this particular song.
: : Sincerely,

: : Afshin

Re: Looking for Tab music or chords for THE RAIN by JOSE FELICIANO

: : : Dear Sir:

: : : I am looking for tab music for THE RAIN by Jose Feliciano. I enjoy his music and have learned the guitar simply to play his type of music. Please tell me how I can find this particular song.
: : : Sincerely,

asal

Re: Looking for Tab music or chords for THE RAIN by JOSE FELICIANO

: : : : Dear Sir:

: : : : I am looking for tab music or chords for THE RAIN by Jose Feliciano. I enjoy his music and have learned the guitar simply to play his type of music. Please tell me how I can find this particular song.
: : : : Sincerely,

: asal

Re: Looking for Tab music or chords for THE RAIN by JOSE FELICIANO

: : : : : Dear Sir:

: : : : : I am looking for tab music or chords for THE RAIN by Jose Feliciano. I enjoy his music and have learned the guitar simply to play his type of music. Please tell me how I can find this particular song.
: : : : : Sincerely,

: : Vic

Re: Looking for Tab music or chords for THE RAIN by JOSE FELICIANO

: : Dear Sir:

: : I am looking for tab music or chords for THE RAIN by Jose Feliciano. I enjoy his music and have learned the guitar simply to play his type of music. Please tell me how I can find this particular song.
: : Sincerely,

: : Afshin

Re: Looking for Tab music or chords for THE RAIN by JOSE FELICIANO

: : : Dear Sir:

: : : I am looking for tab music or chords for THE RAIN by Jose Feliciano. I enjoy his music and have learned the guitar simply to play his type of music. Please tell me how I can find this particular song.
: : : Sincerely,

: : : daryuosh

Re: Looking for Tab music for Light My Fire by JOSE FELICIANO

: Dear Sir:

: I am looking for tab music for Light My Fire My Jose Feliciano. I enjoy his music and have learned the guitar simply to play his type of music. Please tell me how I can find this particular song.
: Sincerely,

: Ralph Trillo

Re: Looking for Tab music for Light My Fire by JOSE FELICIANO

: : Dear Sir:

: : I am looking for tab music for Light My Fire My Jose Feliciano. I enjoy his music and have learned the guitar simply to play his type of music. Please tell me how I can find this particular song
:Si me comprendieras si me conocieras : Sincerely,

: : Ralph Trillo
if you can send me the tablatire for mail
thanks

Re: Looking for Tab music for Light My Fire by JOSE FELICIANO

Dear Ralph

You'll find the Tab for this track at;
http://users.bigpond.net.au/beachhouse/tabs/Light%20My%20Fire.txt

Regards
Eric

: Dear Sir:

: I am looking for tab music for Light My Fire My Jose Feliciano. I enjoy his music and have learned the guitar simply to play his type of music. Please tell me how I can find this particular song.
: Sincerely,

: Ralph Trillo

Re: Looking for Tab music for Light My Fire by JOSE FELICIANO

:

: : Dear Sir:

: : I am looking for tab music for Light My Fire an all other songs of Jose Feliciano. I enjoy his music and have learned the guitar simply to play his type of music. Please tell me how I can find this particular songs.
: : Sincerely

Wigbert Grothe

Re: Looking for Tab music for Light My Fire by JOSE FELICIANO

: Dear Ralph

: You'll find the Tab for this track at;
: http://users.bigpond.net.au/beachhouse/tabs/Light%20My%20Fire.txt

: Regards
: Eric

: : Dear Sir:

: : I am looking for tab music for Light My Fire My Jose Feliciano. I enjoy his music and have learned the guitar simply to play his type of music. Please tell me how I can find this particular song.
: : Sincerely,

: : Ralph Trillo

That is a grest tune to play but how the hell do you play the solo :o

Re: Looking for Tab music for Light My Fire by JOSE FELICIANO

: Dear Ralph

: You'll find the Tab for this track at;
: http://users.bigpond.net.au/beachhouse/tabs/Light%20My%20Fire.txt

: Regards
: Eric

: : Dear Sir:

: : I am looking for tab music for Light My Fire My Jose Feliciano. I enjoy his music and have learned the guitar simply to play his type of music. Please tell me how I can find this particular song.
: : Sincerely,

: : Ralph Trillo

Re: Looking for Tab music for Light My Fire by JOSE FELICIANO

Hi:

I would appreciate the "pro tab" mentioned for "Light my fire". Thanks;
RZerndt2@juno.com

: : You'll find the Tab for this track at;
: : http://users.bigpond.net.au/beachhouse/tabs/Light%20My%20Fire.txt

: : Regards
: : Eric

:
: : : Dear Sir:

: : : I am looking for tab music for Light My Fire My Jose Feliciano. I enjoy his music and have learned the guitar simply to play his type of music. Please tell me how I can find this particular song.
: : : Sincerely,

: : : Ralph Trillo

Re: Looking for Tab music for Light My Fire by JOSE FELICIANO

: Dear Ralph

: You'll find the Tab for this track at;

: Regards
: Eric

: : Dear Sir:

: : I am looking for tab music for Light My Fire My Jose Feliciano. I enjoy his music and have learned the guitar simply to play his type of music. Please tell me how I can find this particular song.
: : Sincerely,

: : Ralph Trillo

Re: Looking for Tab music for Light My Fire by JOSE FELICIANO

Could anyone tell me where I can download the notation (not tablature) for Light My Fire?

Thank you!!!

Re: Looking for Tab music for Light My Fire by JOSE FELICIANO

: Could anyone tell me where I can download the notation (not tablature) for Light My Fire?

: Thank you!!!

Try guitaretab.com/f/feliciano-jose/24873

Re: Looking for Tab music for Light My Fire by JOSE FELICIANO

Did you find the notation for Light My Fire? I'm a mandolin player. I need the notation, too. Especially the Door's introduction notation (the organ part).

Thanks

Re: Looking for Tab music for Light My Fire by JOSE FELICIANO

I'm looking for it as well

tabs for guitar

I would like to find a book with all or as much songs from the old school of jose felicano for example lo copa rota ,camino verde etc. if anyone can help me with this email me asap.

tabs- volvere

Can any one help me with the tabs or the chords for the song "volvere"
by Jose?

feliz navidad

does any know where i can get the chords or tab music for Jose Feliciano's Feliz Navidad???

Re: feliz navidad

here you go

http://www.tabsplanet.com/tabs/dynamic.php?title=Feliz%20Navidad&artist=Jose%20Feliciano&file=j/jose_feliciano/feliz_navidad.crd

Re: feliz navidad

: here you go

: http://www.tabsplanet.com/tabs/dynamic.php?title=Feliz%20Navidad&artist=Jose%20Feliciano&file=j/jose_feliciano/feliz_navidad.crd

Re: feliz navidad

: : here you go

The posted link doesn't work does any have
the tabs or chords for Felix Navidad??

: : http://www.tabsplanet.com/tabs/dynamic.php?title=Feliz%20Navidad&artist=Jose%20Feliciano&file=j/jose_feliciano/feliz_navidad.crd

Hola

I was wondering if someone has the tab of LA CARCEL DE SING SING can send me.
Me peguntaba si alguien el TAB de la carcel de sing sing me lo pueden mandar a mi correo por favor

schedule

I would like to know Mr Feliciano musical engagements where they
are playing.

Thank You

how to buy player nails for guitarist ?

Could any one please let me know if there is any website which I can buy player nails for guitarists ?
Thank you very much.

Re: how to buy player nails for guitarist ?

: Could any one please let me know if there is any website which I can buy player nails for guitarists ?
: Thank you very much.

The Art of Nail Care

By Jason Fowler

Just as the thickness, shape and material of flatpicks influence the tone a platpicker achieves, the right hand nails of the fingerstyle guitarist greatly influence the resultant sound.

There are two basic categories of nail preparation: Natural and Artificial. The two approaches offer guitarists in various styles a nail surface which is capable of producing beautiful sounds from their chosen instrument.

Natural Nails

The cultivation of strong, resilient nails is the goal of most nylon string players, with the exception of many Flamenco Guitarists who prefer artificial nails for their exceptional durability. There are those whose nails are naturally strong and those whose nails are naturally thin and brittle. Research suggests that the cause of weak nails may be partially linked to diet. (For special nail problems and remedies, read The Prescription for Natural Healing by James F. Balch and Phyllis A. Balch).

An application of olive oil, Vitamin E oil or Vaseline morning and night (and after hand-washing and showering) keeps the nails flexible and prevents them from becoming overly dried out. If you wash dishes by hand or are using harsh chemicals, wear cotton-lined rubber gloves to protect the nails. Silica gel capsules may be taken orally to help promote strong nails (it is apparently used among the Hollywood elite for beautiful hair and nails).

Artificial Nails

Artificial nails are used by many guitarists either as a short-term solution to a broken nail or as their day-to-day "guitar nails".

A broken nail may sometimes be mended by carefully applying a small amount of crazy glue to the torn area. however, it is often better to file the nail down a bit and glue on a Ping Pong ball nail or a "Player's Nail" (pre-shaped plastic nails are available from Balcan Music, 99 Pond Ave. Suite 224, Brookline Massachusetts, 02146). The plastic nail is glued to the underside of the remainder of your own nail with Crazy Glue and then shaped and polished as usual. These are a great solution to a broken nail or for those who simply cannot achieve satisfactory results due to thin, hooked, brittle or flat natural nails. Julian Brian remarked in his book A Life on the Road that Player's Nails sounded somewhat better than his own and that he kept a whole box of them in his guitar case.

Many steel-string fingerstylists (including Don Ross, Pierre Bensusan, Bruce Cockburn, Suzanne Vega and others) cover their nails with extremely hard coatings to prevent breakage and for durability. Don gets his acrylic nails applied at a nail salon; Bensusan uses Crazy Glue and Baking Soda (a full description of the process is to be found in his wonderful edition The Guitar Book); and Cockburn and Vega use a combination of Crazy Glue on the nail tips and a Sally Hansen hardener on the rest of the nail. There are doubtless innumerable variations on the techniques described above. It should be mentioned that all of these methods leave the natural nail extremely thin and weak if and when they are removed. A week or two of "letting the nail breathe" is usually necessary to let it repair itself.

Lately I've been using 3 Sally Hansen nail products to thicken my nail tips for aggressive steel string fingerstyle playing. The first is called nail primer which prepares the nail for the second stage; gel overlay. Basically, this is a thick Crazy Glue with a syrup-like viscosity which won't run all over your fingers. You put a large drop of the gel in the center of the tip of the nail, spread it with the neck of the bottle (or with a toothpick) then "cure" (harden and dry) the gel with Sally's Gel Activator Spray. More detailed instructions are included with the products. This method creates a thick, strong nail tip in minutes. The Gel Activator is a great invention as you don't have to wait 5-10 minutes for the glue/gel to dry.

Fingerpicks are a case of trial and error. It's difficult to achieve much tonal variety with fingerpicks because there is no flesh contact with the string. however, some players such as American Fingerstylist Chris Proctor, get great results with the relatively recent innovation called the "Alaska Pik". This type of fingerpick goes on over the finger and under the nail and may be shaped according to preference. Both plastic and brass varieties are available.

Leo Kottke, once an advocate of using fingerpicks, has for the past several years cultivated natural nails because he developed muscular/tendon problems in his right hand which he attributed to his reliance on fingerpicks for achieving the kind of volume and power he was looking for. He now eschews them and warns fellow guitarists about the possible consequences to the right hand.

Shaping the Nails

The only file suitable for the shaping of a guitarist's nails is a "Diamond Dust" file, the type that looks like it's got diamond dust embedded in its surface. These are inexpensive and available at any drug store. Stay away from emery boards and all metal files as they tend to rip the layers of nail apart and leave the edges ragged.

Nail length is a matter of preferences although 1/16th of an inch above the flesh, when viewed from the back side, is a common recommendation. The thumbnail is often longer - up to 1/8th of an inch.

The nails should follow the general curve of the fingertip and shouldn't have any sharp peaks or corners. Some players find a slightly angled shape works best for them. Experimentation is the key.

After rough shaping with the diamond file, the nails should be sanded with 600 Grade Silicon Carbide paper (available at any hardware store). This removes any rough, scratchy areas from the nail and ensures a smooth release from the string. If you've never sanded your nails before, you'll be amazed at how much the tone improves with this step.

You can go one step further if you like, and buff the nail edge with 800 Grade paper. This produces an incredibly smooth nail edge which is best appreciated on nylon strings.

For further discussion of nail care and dealing with problem nails you should read the chapters devoted to this topping in Pumping Nylon by Scott Tennan and The Natural Classical Guitar by Lee F. Ryan. Both books include illustrations and photos which are helpful in understand this material.

Good luck with your nails!

JF

© 2002 Ring Music
 

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hi
!!!!!i need to know all that cords of that music of jose feliciano that name of tha music wich one i`m talking about it`s jypsys

Angela

Hi,
Can anyone forward me 'Angela' tab by Jose Feliciano.
Regards,
Adli Shahnaz

Re: Angela

: Hi,
: Can anyone forward me 'Angela' midi by Jose Feliciano.
: Regards,
: domenico

Re: Angela

Hi, I'm also looking for this song, I have many midi and karaoke songs availabe. Thanks in advance.

Re: Angela

: Hi,
: Can anyone forward me 'Angela' tab by Jose Feliciano.
: Regards,
: Adli Shahnaz

Re: gipsy

hello,i dont know whom i sending this message,and i am not good at english but ,please,i am a big fan of jose feliciano and like his music,please can you send me tab. or just notes of the song gipsy ,please.by,by...

Where I can find concert pieces in notation, not tablatures

It's simple!
I don't know where to find something in notation, everything is transcripted in to tablatures.
Can you help me?

Re: Where I can find concert pieces in notation, not tablatures

I have the same problem. If you find out, please tell me!!!

How to write notes on computer

How to write notes on computer

This popular thread has been given its own page : How to write notes on computer

You are appreciated!!!

L@@king for the CD album...w/Desirada. Will you help me...puleease?
giggle-giggle
Vicki

RECLAMO

HE TRATADO DE CONSEGUIR LA LETRA DE ME HAS HECHADO LA OLVIDO Y NO HE PODIDO CONSEGUIRLA ASI COMO LA MUSICA EN MP3
AGRADECERIA ME DIJERAN COMO CONSEGUIR AMBAS POR CIERTO SUERTE Y JOSE FELICIANO ES UNA DE LAS MEJORES VOCES LATINAS

Jose Felicianos Malaguena

Who knows where I can find the malaguena as performed by Jose Feliciano ?
Or can somebody send me a copy ?
Thanks a lot in advance ! ! !

- Lucas

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