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Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by TheBadHombre, Dec 22, 2017.
He does a good SRV imitation. Other than that.......yawn.
He’s rips with dead and company
I watched the vid and it may be just me but scofield didn’t sound that great.
In a world filled with made up mime acts Mayer gets stick.
I like this one a lot.
Really don't know how I'd react to seeing that in my neighborhood.
Considering he's made himself a successful career in a very crowded field as a pop/blues guitar singer, I give him credit for that. His material though seems largely forgettable. I consider him a male version of Sheryl Crow. More image than substance.
He's a fantastic guitar player. But I am not a Blues guy, and whatever he plays, sounds like a billion other Blues guys and wannabes, just better than most.
I typically prefer Metal and Prog Rock players.
You mean somewhat musical sonic fizz?
Love his work with Dead & Co. You can tell he is having fun, and that he has delved deep into the music, not just aping Jerry.
Like what I have heard of his blues playing, but have not listened to a ton of it yet.
Not such a fan of the acoustic stuff, though it seemed to do well with the target demographic.
On a site where some guy named Keef and Clapton are like a guitar and songwriter gods, anyone who plays fast is a non-musical shredder, and many don't get jazz at all (I recently read a couple of, "what kind of crap is that..." after someone posted a Schofield song), I don't get a lot of the remarks here.
In this context I don't understand the disdain for Mayer. He's a great soulful player. Keef? Nothing worthy since the 70's. Even then I wouldn't consider him a guitar god. Clapton? He's been rehashing the same lines for many many years now.
I'm not necessarily a fan of Mayer's own music, but I always like the guitar work Particularly when he's playing with other people.
I can only assume you're being facetious.
Absolutely love his work With Dead & Company, he's proved he's more than a one trick SRV copy pony - matured into a seriously classy guitarist.
Great player , He and Joe B are carrying it forward.
He is way more talented than any of us on here.
Saw him two days after seeing brad paisley...brad is a highly technical player, but JOHN Mayer takes it to a different level altogether. One of the best guitarists of our day hands down.
He seems willing to play anyone’s guitar that will give him some sort of promotional deal.
I think he's terrible. Same with Joe B, who I think is even worse.
I can relate to both sides of this coin: I used to dislike him strictly because all I'd heard was "Wonderland" and I associated him with this breathy voiced teen-idol sort of pop drivel. An associate (actually the best drummer I've ever had the luck to play with) suggested that I check out the albums "Born and Raised" and "Paradise Valley." I realized my initial impressions were flat out wrong. I know he's a polarizing figure. To say that he just apes others is untrue. Yes, he's learned/lifted stuff from other guitar giants. Weird that anyone should knock him for that.
Somewhere between my initial distaste and later admiration I saw Mayer on TV doing one of the Eric Clapton Crossroads festivals and he was, to my mind, undeniably skilled, and emotive too boot. This did not prompt me to seek out other music by him. It turns out that guitar virtuosity is not that strong of a selling point for me.