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Nobody ever plays like Albert King and Albert Collins

Discussion in 'Music to Your Ears' started by Gretev1, Mar 3, 2021.

  1. Gretev1

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    Many guitarists have come up with a multitude of idiosyncratic techniques unique to them:
    - Keith Richards riffing in Open G tuning
    - Mark Knopfler with his fingerstyle techniques
    - Jimi Hendrix tuning down a half/full step and fretting chords with his thumb and personal finger positions
    -Duane Allman (and Derek Trucks) playing slide in open E
    -Robert Fripp even invented his own tuning

    There are countless others who have brought their unique aspects to guitar playing that have influenced many others to emulate their techniques.

    Yet, you hardly ever see players emulate Albert Collins and Albert King.

    Of course many players emulate their licks in standard tuning but I hardly ever see anyone play guitar the way they did such as stringing the guitar upside down or in Collins‘ case using alternate tunings with a capo.

    I might be oblivious to it if people actually do!

    Can you name any other players who are rarely accurately emulated?
     
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    Curtis Mayfield, Pops Staples, Lenny Breau, Tuck Andress, Alan Holdsworth, John Cippolina,
    Sonny Landreth, Pat Martino and John Scofield are all singular players, IMO.
     
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    I would say also Curtis Mayfield due to hus weird open tunings and magic touch and Robert Ward which has a unique style of playing blues mixed with some deep african rythmn
     
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    There's plenty more. Can you name anyone who can sound like Gatemouth, Jeff Beck, Joe Walsh, Terry Kath, or Johnny Winter, to name but a few?
     
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    Here's a few more- Django, Joe Pass, Jerry Reed, Chet Atkins, Clarence White, George Harrison.
     
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    I have to say...Stevie Ray Vaughan did a very convincing imitation of Albert King—both in style and in tone...but you’re 100% right about Mr. Collins...
     
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    Eric Gales' style is pretty unique. And Jeff Healey was too.
     
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    You are mentioning 2 one of a kind players, so it is obvious to me why few play like them. Collins, in particular, I have mixed monitors for on 3 occasions, so got to see it all up close. He had these incredibly long fingers (same as Gatemouth) that seemed to have a life of their own when he played, axe slung on his right shoulder, and that capo was all over the place. His style of playing was not one that anyone I knew was willing to try emulate. He always had a smokin'-hot band.
     
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    True, Eric Gales is absolutely unique and also I believe plays the same way Albert did...completely upside down. In my opinion Eric Gales took it a few steps farther and added much more complexity to the foundation that Albert King laid down. Kinda like Duane Allman and Derek Trucks. Eric Gale's is an absolute wizard of uniqueness much in the vain of Hendrix at his time!
     
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    I'm glad you brought up Jeff Healey. Everytime I watch Road House I tell myself I'm gonna check out more of his stuff but always forget. Love the throwback bar band blues stuff he plays in the movie.
     
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    SRV seems like a direct lift of Albert King's playing in a lot of ways.

    It's like the same guitar playing, in a different decade.

    So everyone ripping off SRV is really ripping off Albert King. I doubt SRV would even deny that.

    The Sky is Crying is even one of SRV's best known songs. No secret who his influences were.
     
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    I've heard a few Telecaster players who sometimes cop an Albert Collins feel but Collins was unique in his tone and attack. Add his unique open tuning and the capo and good luck with emulating that!

    Albert King was similarly quite unique. SRV got close but did his own thang with it.

    All the good players have their own unique flair that other players may get close to but never quite replicate. I once heard Mike Bloomfield say that he wished he could play exactly like B.B. King yet had to settle for what he could and couldn't do on the guitar -- and look what he could do himself!
     
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    SRV was the first one, in numerous interviews, to credit Albert King, Freddie King and Buddie Guy, to name just a few, as people who he "borrowed" from.
     
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    Yep. He was an honest man. There hasn't been much totally original in the blues, in probably 50 years or more.
     
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    I feel like lots of people cop Albert King licks, but not Albert Collins.
     
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    This session must have been a a big deal for SRV.

     
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    His playing style is probably a branch from Hendrix but Robin Trower... Not so much that he has one signature thing that he does but just the overall soul, spaciness, and feel I've never heard emulated. His playing is such a product of the 70's though and wasn't very transferable to the 80's mainstream like Clapton.
     
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    I absolutely love Albert Collins. The Ice Breakers were always solid but my favorite lineup was with Marvin Jackson, Casey Jones, AC Reed, and Johnny B. Gayden.
     
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    Jesse Ed Davis with Taj Mahal...
     
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    Jerry Garcia. People can get close to his sound but once it comes to improvising they all get left behind in the dust.
     
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