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Famous Guitar Overacheivers

Discussion in 'Music to Your Ears' started by blowtorch, Apr 11, 2017.

  1. Elmore

    Elmore Tele-Holic

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    Does building guitars count as a separate project? Les Paul and Eddie Van Halen - for contributing to guitar design as well as revolutionary playing.
     
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    teletimetx Doctor of Teleocity

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    Anytime a list thread comes up like this, a lot of what see is just someone’s favorite players – and that’s fine. I’m not arguing against anybody else’s choice, just adding a different take.

    Trying to think about the concept of “overachieving”. @blowtorch was asking for players who have done well in different projects, not just one band. I’m not sure that is much of a limit – anyone with a career of any reasonable duration ends up playing in more than one band.

    I sometimes think of overachieving in terms of musicians who took mastery of their chosen instrument to new horizons/depths - and/or against overwhelming odds, or against fashionable currents; people that play with celestial ability, but for whatever reasons, the gods of fortune never smiled quite so brightly.

    So that would bring to mind:

    McHouston (Mickey) Baker – an apparent favorite of our esteemed colleague @BDLH, a session guy before being a session guy was even a thing, and wrote/produced a classic jazz guitar book – but coming from an extremely difficult childhood.

    Which would also bring up Jesse Ed Davis – right on @brookdalebill !

    Emily Remler – another jazzer, started off with innate talent, but took some heat early on for less than stellar time keeping, according to some stories. She took that criticism to heart and killed it. Some of her swing blues playing is as good as it gets.

    Buddy Whittington. ‘nuff said.

    Sister Rosetta Tharp. Twice ‘nuff.

    Danny Gatton. Same.

    David Grissom and Stephen Bruton. (had to be mentioned for a semi-local perspective) - Local guys tend to get overlooked.
     
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    dlew919 Doctor of Teleocity

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    On that line, you'd add Eric Clapton. Changed guitar. Hendrix. Van Helen. Yngwie, satriani, via, Doc Watson, tony rice. Chuck berry.
     
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    Steve Vai
     
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  5. blowtorch

    blowtorch Telefied Ad Free Member

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    blowtorch created this thread somewhat ironically, in response to another thread regarding famous guitar "under"achievers
     
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    That may be a tendency because those are the players whose work the poster knows the best. That's certainly my situation. I'm learning a lot.

    My votes (not adding anything, really):
    Marc Ribot
    Adrian Belew
    Nels Cline
    Steve Vai
    Niles Rodgers
    Carol Kaye
    John Wetton
     
  7. Norris Vulcan

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    Christian Fennesz
     
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    David Barnett Doctor of Teleocity

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    Lyle Workman has worked with Todd Rundgren, Frank Black, Beck, and even Sting. I'm particularly fond of his playing on a couple of Frank Black albums.
     
  9. Teleposer

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    Yeah, I was gonna say Steve Vai.

    He's a great player, but his music is not all that.

    He tries so hard, but falls so flat. It's a shame. He's a real over-achiever in my books if you want to define it as that.

    I'd really like to hear him just play the guitar for once, for a bit, slow, steady, not trying to show off and prove himself. I know he's overcome a lot. I know he's a great success. I know he is an amazing guitar player. I'm not knocking him.

    But could he ever for once in his life just sit down and play the bloody instrument? Red light, mood. He has the studio.

    He needs to get rid of that monstrosity of a guitar first though.

    I can't see him playing a Tele, but man, anything but that Jem.

    I can't think what he would play. That would be down to him. Let him play his Jem if he likes - even better, do a new version of it, low-key, low-cut, just something moving forward.

    It's a waste of a good player to always see them reaching for the sky, sometimes hitting it, but often failing.

    You can do it Steve! We love you baby! Do us all proud.

    Play your instrument for once.

    Stop over-achieving!
     
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    WHAT A FRIKKIN BOYS CLUB! Let's have some love for Bonnie Raitt.
     
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    I like it. I didn't expect to, but I do. I like KISS. I like jazz guitar. I just didn't expect to like a jazz version of DRC.
    Damned if it isn't good.
     
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    John 5
     
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    I don't understand this thread, a'tall.
    Seems it jumped the shark from hello.
     
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    Django
    Joni Mitchell
    James Jamerson ( bass but, whatever)
    Stanley Jordan
    Steve Lukather
    Hendrix (how about inventing a few genres and defining rock guitar for the next century before dying at 27 for 500?)
     
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    Daniel Lanois
    Matt Sweeney
    Zane Carney
     
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    Im pretty sure I would be a little more overavcheiveredly if I was in the Game for sure having access to equipment or a Studio!
    And I bet some others here would be too!
    I confessed do I win!
     
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    Jeff Tweedy? Stephen Malkmus?
     
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