Players who both inspire and also make you want to throw the guitar out the window

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  1. WingedWords

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    Richard Thompson springs to mind - I still watch him play and stay completely mystified about what he's doing, but I no longer get despondent. After 50 years I enjoy what I do, enjoy what he does and just accept that there's a gap!
     
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    Brad Paisley who must be a god to be able to play like that and sing at the same time without flubbing a lead line or lyric.
    Jamey Johnson whose acoustic accompaniment to his vocals is unparalleled.
    Jimi Hendrix whose originality and creativity are beyond my comprehension.
    Andres Segovia for his accuracy and expression on an instrument I could never imagine playing.
     
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    Ron R Friend of Leo's

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    Many,many players, but the first guy who always comes to mind with this type of question is Allan Holdsworth.
     
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    First, Eric Clapton, then Kenny Burrell to pick it up again around 1982, after a twenty year hiatus.
    First, Joe Satriani, then Guthrie Govan to throw it out the window.
     
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    He doesn't do anything especially fancy but I think Vince Gill is a really good guitar player and what a voice.
     
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    I work to accept the fact that I will never be among the best guitarists in the world. And I have enough trouble keeping other people from throwing my guitars out the window.


    (Edit) But to answer the question: Carlos F. Montoya
     
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    Robin Trower
    Larry Carlton
    Jimi Hendrix
    Eddie Van Halen
     
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    Jeff Beck was the first that came to mind.
     
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    I first saw RC play in the early 1970s.
    "That's how I want to play!"
    Still trying after all these years and Ry still brings a big smile to my face.
    Another huge influence was Lightnin' Hopkins who I first saw play in 1969 at the University of Houston coffee house. I would sit literally close enough to reach out and touch his J-50. I've never heard a single player do a better job entertaining. He is splendid.


    Mark
     
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    anyone who wants to throw their guitar out the window can send it to me. no jimis or petes allowed. don't be intimidated, learn from them.

    robben ford has inspired me the most-little chords!

    play music!
     
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    My normal default comment on this subject is...."I've seen him play and feel my (3) guitars would be best served as kindling"
    So far, I haven't run any of them through the wood chipper.

    OTOH....Glen Campbell, Vinny Raniolo, Frank Vignola, Roy Clarke, Dickie Betts, Ian Bairnson. (to name a few :))

    Back to it....
     
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    Nels Cline and Jim Campilongo!
     
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    I could name 50 guitarists that blow me away every time they pick up a guitar, but it doesn't make me want to quit. I know that they play many hours a day and sustain that for years. It is their profession. If I did the same I'd be like them.

    I've had a few marathon times in my playing where I put in 40+ hours for a week for a few weeks, but I don't have the discipline (or the time anymore) to sustain that, so I'm just a decent player who enjoys playing music.

    When you see someone great, use it as inspiration to go pick up your guitar again and get better. There's nothing magical about it, it's the result of years of disciplined practice.
     
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    Julian is so beyond the bounds of normal players, I just sit back and love him.
     
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    Most players for me if i like the tune or song inspire me more, i go on the sounds good feel more so things that are not that hard as well keep me going at times, other than that some of my own ideas keep me at it as well.

    As for throwing it out the window, some of my windows have a few cracks but none broken as yet so things are not to bad i hope, so meaning i just keep going if i get stuck till i can play it but i have to like the piece or ideas alot also then it motivates me to keep at it more. It is not a sport so i just have fun trying things as well as experimenting also.
     
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    Eric Johnson and Lenny Breau are my dynamic duo.
    I first saw EJ when I was 16, and he was 19.
    He’s still my all time favorite.
    I had the extraordinary good luck of taking a summer’s worth of lessons from him in 1975.
    He was beyond inspiring.
    I got into Lenny Breau when he was still with us, in the late 1970s.
    I never had the pleasure of seeing him, but many of my friends in both Canada and the US did.
    Both guitarists are mesmerizing, IMO!
     
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    Ultimately Page, Van Halen And Knopfler. There are many others.
     
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    Larry Carlton
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    Johnny Hiland, Josh Smith, Brad Paisley is a great player whose tone grates on my nerves. Jimi Hendrix on Hear That Train A Coming. Clapton on Beano or Crossroads, early George Benson, Segovia, Jerry Reed. Jim Messina, Angry Eyes. The list goes on.
     
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