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Discussion in 'Music to Your Ears' started by Area51, Apr 13, 2017.
I completely agree.
Richie Kotzen. Fantastic player, but the only thing i've ever really liked was his work with Poison on the Native Tongue album.
Seems like some of our experiences depend on 2 basic things:
1) Where is this entertainer in the trajectory of this career? Has he achieved so much success and acclaim that, by the time we grow up enough to discover him, he's mostly fulfilling obligations to his fans, his band, his family, his entourage, his record label; his business combine?
2) Is the individual primarily a guitarist, or is he first an Entertainer? I mean, the only person I can think of who is both a superlative guitarist AND a superlative entertainer of a audience of guys like me, would be Richard Thompson. Everyone else is a little weak in one aspect or the other - sometimes more than a little weak.
Thinking about this the other night: More than once, someone who knew told me "Bubba, you're a decent player, sometimes a decent writer.......but you're about the worst entertainer I can think of". Funny, that so little of the words of TDPRI are about entertaining people and if you can't get that part right, the praise we will have for the guitarist will be conditional and in some cases hollow.
I've watched documentaries about him, read articles,etc, but rarely like his choons.
He did a good solo album 'Change No Change' if you're interested.
Also John Frusciante. I'm hit or miss on RHCP material.
Alex Lifeson. Great guitarist. I love to hear him play.
BUT, Geddy Lee's voice makes me want to punch a baby.
However, I love Geddy Lee's bass work. The man is extremely talented. I just wish his voice was, different.
Absolutely. More bends. More feeling. Fewer fretboard acrobatics. It's blues, not speed metal.
BTW, I like speed metal, but I don't like "artists" playing music and calling it a genre it's not.
Take today's "country" pop crap. What's with the over the top FAKE Southern accents interlaced with crappy pop music?
What next? Country rap? Oh, wait, that crap actually exists.
Okay, what next? L'il Wayne "playing" a guit.... er, nope, already done.
Okay, how about Kanye West (barf) doing an over the top FAKE Southern accent and calling his garbage excuse for music "Country"?
LOL. I once thought Geddy Lee's voice sounded like munchin from Wizard of Oz.
I'll add another, Steve Lukather. Man that guy can play. Listen to him with Larry Carlton and wow, both of them actually. His solo stuff just isn't for me.
John McLaughlin. I am blown away by the complexity of his music, and the talent it takes to play it, but some of it's hard to listen to. It's not "musical" to me. Now if we go back in time to his early days as a jazz guitarist, before the fusion explosion, I find it more enjoyable to listen to. Recordings from this period can be had at used vinyl stores.
Once again, an amazing guitarist without a doubt, but sometimes he loses me in the complexity of his compositions.
My philosophical approach to this is much simpler. I'll look at it in terms of food. I'm making one of my favorite dishes tonight for a friend. Some people love it, some just like it, and others won't eat it.
I've read some of my favorite bands and players listed in this thread, people I like for their music as much or more than their guitar playing. It's all good!
Now,,,, I really hope she loves it!
I love hearing about how some musicians look at the craft. Brian Eno, John Frusciante, Frank Zappa, Santana.. Conceptually, I like HOW they go about their work, but the music itself doesn't speak to me.
Vince Gill...like the guy, read and listen to his interviews, love his taste in guitars, but not a huge fan of his music.
All fantastic players:
Wayne Krantz latest stuff (what happened?)
Brad Paisley (come on, ditch the Nash-pop)
Steve Vai - don't like his solo stuff but love his work with Public Image LTD.
Eric Clapton - never got Eric Clapton until I seen him play at the George Harrison tribute concert
Appreciation and like are different. I can accept that someone is an accomplished guitar player without being into what's being played.
I watch a lot of clips that are posted here and marvel at what the players can do while wishing they were playing different songs.