I’ve played most types of guitar in my time. Classical guitar? I know how Julian Bream makes those sounds, I can’t do it, but I understand the techniques. Yngwie? I cannot sweep to save my life, but I know how it is done. But Paco? How

does anyone play like that? How can you syncopate with yourself like this? Even if you are not mad on Flamenco, give this performance from 1976 a go. He’s playing with Camaron de la Isla, perhaps the greatest (and most tragic) flamenco singer of them all. It is stunning, stunning stuff.