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Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by Stanford Guitar, Jan 19, 2021.
Yvette Young blows my mind every time I listen to her.
Might as well be listening to Genesis.
And she’s a local, which makes it somehow cooler...
Yep! And she's also an amazing vocalist, violinist, and artist.
Jeff Healey...in a club in Seattle from six feet away.
I don't get it... is that where they had his wake?
No they were serving ribeye cooked medium rare with french fries.
Why not eat some caramels too?
Eric Johnson's chord work. and he's not just a shredder, theres much more...
Any number of horn and piano players. There aren't many guitarists I care that much about: Jeff Beck, Django Reinhardt, Steve Carlton, Robert Johnson, Lightnin' Hopkins, Hendrix, Neil Young, Joe Satriani, John McLaughlin, a few others I'm forgetting. But my favorite classical stuff tends to be solo piano, my favorite jazz horn and piano players. I find trying to translate Thelonious Monk's or Eric Satie's ideas to guitar, for example, far more intriguing than struggling to get an SRV lick just so or to imitate the 'Smoke on the Water" riff to a T. I suppose I don't actually care that much about rock generally tbh.
Fred Frith did it for me in my early 20's. This album took me outside the rock realm for sure. Still sounds great. Can't believe it came out in 81.
Jim Campilongo would probably be the one who's approach was the most "non-normal", therefore the one who made me go "what?" more often. Like discovering a new life form I did not know previously existed.
Steve Vai certainly qualifies in that way too, but... I'll never have those kind of chops. I cut ky teeth in the shredder days, but as a poster above said about Eric Johnson, there's alot more to Steve Vai than shredding... but you wouldn't know that if you only know him from DLR, Whitesnake, and "For The Love Of God" days.
But I think both of those 2 guys are unique in that they seem to have a direct connection with the muse, the music just flows from the universe right through them... hard to explain. I can't play like either of them, but listening to them, and with Steve, even hearing him TALK ABOUT connecting with yourself and the music, has really made me re-THINK the guitar, and music in general. And also- I'll add:
Stevie Ray Vaughan. The only difference is that I CAN play like that (well, not as good as that LOL), but if you heard me play, you would know SRV was in my musical soup somewhere. But again- it's not so much his notes (I don't "learn people's licks", I never have), it's his approach to the music that I adopted.
Davy Graham. The Scottish guitarist was a trailblazing artist who's style incorporated folk, blues and jazz, along with middle eastern musical elements he had picked up from his own pioneering travels. His seminal composition 'Angi' featured a beautiful and mind-boggling fingerstyle playing that had the same explosive effect on me as hearing Jimi's 'Hey Joe' years later. This single song influenced a generation of guitar players including Paul Simon and Jimmy Page. Sadly, I only got to see him play at the end of his career, when Davy was not in a good way...
This song (on electric) was the opener for a show at the Fillmore I went to in '99 or so. I hadn't even heard of him but my friends thought I'd like him.
I was totally unprepared. #mindblown