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

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  1. dkmw

    dkmw Friend of Leo's

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    This would be a long, long list for me :lol::lol::lol::lol:

    But I suck a little less each day:eek:

    I sound more and more like Keef every day too, so I’m sure some would say I aiming low on a technical level. That’s fine with me. I don’t have enough years left to get really good. A lot of the music I like isn’t rocket science so the notes aren’t that hard and I can just concentrate on getting the feel right and “being” the song.

    However, that guy in my avatar has made me consider firewood more times than anyone else, if I were keeping score.
     
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    Wow. It's not often that I wish I were older than I am, but I do wish I had been at those shows.
     
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    I just remembered - Years ago, MTV or VH1 did a special with Johnny Cash and Willie Nelson doing an acoustic set. If you haven't heard it, it's outstanding! I seem to recall a moment when they switched guitars and after Willie handed Johnny his guitar back, Johnny said something like "That's the first time it's been played". I guess everyone has a guitar hero.
     
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    Yep... you beat me too it.
     
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    Doc Watson
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    ( sort of my personal Mt.Rushmore)
     
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    Never tempted to throw the guitars away, but that's not to say that I don't suffer from periodic bouts of acute depression...

    So many great players already mentioned, so here's three that I didn't see who inspire me:

    Duke Levine -
    John Leventhal
    Bill Frisell
     
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  9. AAT65

    AAT65 Friend of Leo's

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    I never get to that “throw it out of the window” phase — I’ve accepted my limitations!

    A couple of my favourite players of jaw-dropping skill and inventiveness who haven’t been mentioned yet — Robert Fripp & Adrian Belew, with a very honourable mention going to Jakko Jakszyk.
    Some of what Fripp has written and played over the decades is just spectacular and always imaginative: and when he was working with Belew in King Crimson they invented such amazingly complicated and original ways of using two guitars. And Jakko has his own thing of course but manages to recreate so many Fripp and Belew parts as well.
     
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    On the jazz side: Ed Cherry, Bob Devos
    On the out there (jazz, rock, everything) side: John Paul Bourelly
     
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    Tuck Andress, Ted Greene, Johnny Smith, Jerry Reed, and Django Reinhardt also charm/frustrate me.
     
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    I too accept my limitations, yet strive to move the boundaries daily!
     
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    Despite covering a multitude of different guitarist in the cover band I play in I don't bother learning their leads note for note unless the lead is a trademark to the melody. Instead I just approximate them in my own style. Otherwise I would pull the last 5 hairs I have out trying to tie my fingers in knots.

    If I had to pick one person's technique that blows my mind to try to copy it would probably be Brent Mason's string skipping open string pull offs at 900 mph with a clean tone.

    To enlighten myself I tell myself there has to be at least one thing I do that he can't lol!
     
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    Really only Guthrie Govan now and then makes me want to just give it up.

    I can do a bunch of stuff with a guitar and pretty quickly.
    Lots of players can and if we practice enough we all can too.

    But Guthrie seems to be able to do anything with a guitar and do it beautifully, effortlessly, perfectly, interestingly, with changing rhythms and good tone.

    It's not that I really want to be that good, more that I get a glimpse of the chasm between me and true mastery.
     
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  19. Sounds Good

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    Yes GG is a very good player but once he showed and played some Shawn Lanes stuff which he said he had studied alot but played some of the licks nothing like Shawn did, also it seemed to make then sound alot slower and different, as well he had learnt a few of his songs as a tribute so maybe he is best with original stuff.

    Mind you his knowledge of theory and using and making his own techniques up and sound great in his songs is really good up their with the best ever.
     
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    Those players who look as if they are not even trying, such as Vince Gill or Roy Clark.
     
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