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Discussion in 'Music to Your Ears' started by blowtorch, Aug 30, 2017.
its a tie...steve jones/johnny ramone
Jerry Garcia. Hits all the main facets for me: technique, creativity, innovation, improvisation, songwriting and the emotional/nostalgia factors are also a big influence on my decision. His unabashed pursuit of better technique, new technology and new sounds make me love him more.
It changes depending. I'm currently quite impressed with Julian Lage:
Here with another favorite, Nels Cline:
Dang. This is a tough one.
Most days I would say Jimmie Vaughan. No, wait--Billy Gibbons...well, hang on a second--Tab Benoit...but, Buddy Whittington always turns my key every time I see him play...then again, Muddy Waters always inspires me...can't count out Keef...or Waylon...and then Hubert Sumlin has to be mentioned...or Freddie King...also--
You see, my tastes, mood, inclination, heart, mind and soul can count more than one player as my #1...I'm complicated like that.
Steve Rothery. So Many great samples to choose from, but this tune is 30 years old, and the solo still sends a chill down my spine.
so, wishy-washy. got it.
Seriously, you guys who can't answer the question, just haven't really done the soul searching, I think. Which is okay, personally it took me years of pondering to figure it out.
For me it's a toss up between Dylan & Elmore James.
Dylan, cuz he's who inspired me to start playing guitar.
Elmore, cuz, once I started playing, for the longest time all I wanted to do was that Elmore thing, and he's the one I go back and listen to obsessively over & over. The sound and the feeling of what he did are for me a pinnacle of musical expression. The endless subtle variations he put on his famous lick--the one that has gotten him pigeon-holed as a one-lick wonder--are astonishing. Nobody else has been able to do one thing so many different ways and besides, he really did a lot of fantastic playing beyond that one lick.
So many great ones, but when it comes down to one, it's always been this guy for me.
Like a bunch of people here, I vary all the time. But I think the most common top seats are:
Stevie Ray Vaughn - A (VERY) distant cousin of some kind of mine. I never could quantify how we're related. I just know that I ran into his mom at a family reunion. He was the guy who most tied blues and rock together for me.
Eric Johnson - The busiest bass solo I ever learned note for note was from Zap. I will have to try it when I get home to see if I can still play it. I love every note on Tones and Ah Via Musicom.
Jeff Beck - Again: Duh. Who isn't amazed by Beck? But for me it's because he does all that stuff fingerstyle only. I am a fingers only guy. But I don't sound like him.
Mark Knopfler - Another fingerstyle guy that I wish I could play like.
Warren Haynes and Derek Trucks - either/and/or both. In my head, my imaginary band often sounds like the Allmann Brothers.
Then there are any number of acoustic folk guys I wish I could play like: This week it's Tom Prasada-Rao. Last week it was David Wilcox. Before that, it was Tuck Andress. Who knows who it'll be next week?
I AM NOT!
Well, maybe I am a little...
But no, I really can't be classified as wishy-washy...
But there are times that I guess I could be...
I reserve deep soul-searching for things of actual consequence. Music is very important to me, but things like #1 guitarist or most important type of effects pedal or which company makes the best replacement knob for amplifiers are of too little consequence to occupy my brain for very long...plus, as I mentioned in my original post, my mood, circumstances and mindset will influence any and all of those decisions--thus why I own more than one guitar and why I listed more than one #1 guitarist...all those guys inspire me in different ways, and all my guitars inspire me in different ways as well.
I've only recently (in the past four or five years) narrowed down which guitar I would grab if there were a fire...which is of greater consequence than which guitar hero of mine is most important.
I'm my favorite guitarist.
Have not seen one guitarist on this list who I wouldn't say is a favourite of mine, but my all time absolute favourite is Brian May. (And Ry Cooder, and Eric Clapton, and B B King, and Danny Gatton). But Brian May - sydney entertainment centre, April, 1985 - the Brighton Rock solo... ending on Waltzing Matilda... man...
For better or worse, I can trace the guiding principle of my soloing straight back to Ace: Don't bother doing something complicated or intellectual if there's something cool or flashy you can do instead.
Ya, when you play, if I close my eyes I'd swear it was you.