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Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by Retrobob, May 14, 2020.
1. Tom Verlaine
2. D. Boon
3. Zoot Horn Rollo/Rockette Morton
4. Greg Ginn
5. Jimi Hendrix
I listened to a lot of rock while first learning to play then I started listening to fusion rock. So here's my list:
Rhino of Captain Beyond
after some brief research, the skatalites question is a little harder to answer than i expected but not in a way that surprises me. apparently jamaican recording studios in the sixties weren't great about giving credit to backing musicians. i do know they were a house band for a pretty high percentage of what got recorded in that country for at least a few years running. i think their main competition was the dragonaires, who were their posh counterparts.
the stax band at the very least was in blues brothers.
Robert Fripp, Frank Zappa, Hendrix, Mike Bloomfield, Bill Nelson, Allan Holdsworth, Lowell George, Keith Richartds, Scotty Moore, Joe Pass, Chuck Berry, Freddie King, Chris Thelie, Pete Townsend, Jeff Beck, plus at least a thousand more, better make that 2 thousand more...
Steve Vai, and Lately..
Johnny Lee Hooker
that is the 5 greatest influences!!! the rest just stole from them
Could be some friends influenced my playing more, but as far as renowned players, it's hard to limit it to five. Ask me in an hour and you might get a slightly different list, but for now I'll go with
There are some guitarists that are so good, that you just know they are good even if you don't play guitar yourself and aren't even interested in it. You can just tell. For me, there were three: David Gilmour, Randy Rhoads, and Eddie Van Halen.
Before I even thought about picking up a guitar For the first time, long before, I knew those three guys were good. Good enough to get my attention and make an impact.
Marc Bolan - my first big music crush.
Lightnin' Hopkins - his documentary was on BBC2 way back in the early 70's.
Jimmy Page - for rhythm guitar
Ritchie Blackmore - for lead
Mel Galley just for his juicy work on the Trapeze album "You Are The Music, We're Just The Band"
Countless others since then, especially John Lennon, Robert Fripp, Steve Howe, Jeff Beck, David Gilmour, Steve Cropper (especially the MG's Doin' Our Thing), Steve Hillage, Will Sargent, Jimi Hendrix... yes I know you said 5...
It's all how I feel at the monent. I'll pick these for today:
This is a fun question. There are guys that made me want to play guitar, or explore new things. I don't/can't play like any of 'em, but bits that I took from them crop in my playing now & then.
I'd say the main guys for me are:
Wow, just five eh? In no particular order:
Frank Varella (teacher when I was a music major)
Have to mention further, sorry - the below are mostly interchangeable with the first five:
Hound Dog Taylor
I'd be remiss to mention just five... They've all moved me deeply and inspired joy. They changed the way I think about guitar playing.
Edit: Metheny! How did I forget Pat?
More than five, but here are the top:
Jimmy Page - play with attitude.
David Gilmour - play memorable solos
Duane Allman - play with your heart.
Jim Messina - play with finesse.
Peter Stroud - play for the song.
Keith Richards and Pete Townsend for rhythm work.
Jimi Hendrix for being all the above.
The list goes on and on, but these are the ones that I could say I have borrowed the most from.
No particular order:
Jesse Ed Davis