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Guitarists who amaze and confuse you...

Discussion in 'Music to Your Ears' started by soulgeezer, Sep 6, 2017.

  1. Area51

    Area51 Tele-Meister

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    If I go with a guitarist that amaze and confuse me, off the cuff I'd pick Alan Holdsworth. While I can learn the notes, I don't have a clue what he's playing and why it works. Which makes it hard to incorporate into my playing.

    The same can be said for many of the Jazz players (including horn players). Then there are some guys like Marino who is known as a pentatonic blues rock player, but I've seen him do some amazing jazz work well beyond what you would expect.
     
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  2. Lars F

    Lars F TDPRI Member

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    Came across a video on youtube the other day with Bill Frisell. Just plugged into an amp and noodling by himself. Almost made me quit playing guitar altogether..

    Regards,

    Lars
     

  3. Frank'n'censed

    Frank'n'censed Poster Extraordinaire

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  4. Paul in Colorado

    Paul in Colorado Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

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    If you go by that one YT video, I can see how you might think that. But have you ever listened to him play with other people? He's done stuff with Richard Thompson and David Lindley, not musicians who suffer fools lightly.
     
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  5. Obsessed

    Obsessed Doctor of Teleocity Silver Supporter

    Nov 21, 2012
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    A good reminder. Thanks. I have been struggling with a Rev. Gary Davis song for a long time now and I know it is because I have never learned a true ragtime song and you can easily tell that Davis' influence is from Blind Blake.
     
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  6. Obsessed

    Obsessed Doctor of Teleocity Silver Supporter

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    Yeah, it is not the difficulty of playing Jimi's stuff, it is the adventure of learning his choice of the "next move" that is absolutely genius.
     
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  7. fendrguitplayr

    fendrguitplayr Poster Extraordinaire

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    Michael Bloomfield and Widespread Panic's Jimmy Herring.
     
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  8. BigDaddyLH

    BigDaddyLH Telefied Ad Free Member

    Anyone playing a 24 string neck.
     

  9. tonytrout

    tonytrout Friend of Leo's

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    Clarence White, Marty Stuart, James Burton, Jerry Reed, Chet Atkins, Danny Gatton, Hendrix, Tommy Emmanuel, Brent Mason, Vince Gill, Kenny Vaughan, Daniel Donato
     
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  10. Teleterr

    Teleterr Friend of Leo's

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    Jorma , the late great Micheal Hedges and any other really good acoustic fingerpicker.
     
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  11. cowie86

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    Prince. For me, his playing is the result of incredible ability/knowledge and boundless creativity. I have no idea what his influences were when he put certain sequences together but they sound amazing. Plus I've lost track of how many key changes and different timings there are in Diamonds And Pearls - getting all that into a good song is an achievement, but packaging it all into a top 40 hit is just unimaginable.

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  12. Billc

    Billc TDPRI Member

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    Matt Schofield, the bugger hardly lifts his left hand fingers so you are left with no clue.
     
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  13. SoulstormTX

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    Skip to 7:41 for the punchline
     

  14. journeyman

    journeyman TDPRI Member

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  15. SoulstormTX

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    This guy also trips me out. Highly original phrasing and harmonics work.

     

  16. RLee77

    RLee77 Friend of Leo's

    May 15, 2016
    Silicon Valley
    Greg Koch amazes me every time I see/hear him. I think some of these guys are actually aliens just having fun with us, because human fingers can't really move like that... can they?
     
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  17. 8barlouie

    8barlouie Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

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    I find it hard to believe no mention yet of BB King. To me, he's the most enigmatic guitarist ever. His style was so easy and technically unimpressive. And yet he could play one note. One note that would convey as much as emotion as it would take any other guitar hero so much longer to get across and some of which who are well regarded as technical giants could never make you feel if they had all night. Immediately you know it's none other than BB King. Immediately!

    I've never been able to figure it out, no matter how hard I study his recordings and video, how he did that. As a side note, we so lucky a guitarists that the instrument is so emotive. The power of expression that be unleashed in such an efficient manner is unequalled compared to other instruments.
     
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  18. Cliffyg62

    Cliffyg62 Tele-Meister

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    Yup he's the one...
     
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  19. raysachs

    raysachs Tele-Holic Silver Supporter

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    You definitely have a point. It didn't occur to me to think of such a minimalist player as someone who'd amaze and confuse, because his music is quite relatable and most of us can probably play some rough approximation of what he plays. But you're right - what he could do with a single note, or a 3-5 note phrase with his amazing vibrato, is a really truly amazing thing. Maybe not confusing, but amazing for sure. And always a thing of beauty.

    It's funny, my vibrato is probably the best thing I do as a guitarist, because I really don't know my way around the fretboard all that well (outside of the two pentatonic scales and fairly basic barre chords) and don't have much speed or technique either. And to the extent I have a half decent vibrato, it's mostly because of listening to BB and even more from seeing him a few times many years back. But it still sounds absolutely nothing like BB's vibrato, even in the TYPE of sound, and of course it's not in the same universe in terms of quality and perfection. I guess if I had some big meaty hands and about a zillion times more taste and musicality I might have gotten closer... ;)
     
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  20. 8barlouie

    8barlouie Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

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    I think quite possibly the single most identifiable characteristic of any guitarist is his or her vibrato.
     

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