So what do YOU do to stand out from the other guitar players in your scene?

Telenator

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I blend in.
I take the approach of supporting the vocals and keeping my volume in check so the vocals can always be heard above the rest.

When invited to take a solo, or at the appropriate time, I'm play something germane to the tune and then step back to blend in again.
 

Cyberi4n

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Riffs and more riffs. I write as much as I can, and have developed my own style of riffing which isn’t by any stretch of the imagination unique, I’m not a trail blazer. But I know what I like, I write what I like and then I can solo over what I’ve written usually in just a minor pentatonic. I’m not much into happy major-key rock, just the minor rock stuff
 

cousinpaul

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Nothing intentional. I came up in the SF bay area and have a different set of influences than most of the southern players I hang with.
 

ndcaster

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I stopped in GC this morning to buy clave sticks of a certain pitch (found 'em!) and heard a fortysomething guy trying out some Martins with a little fingerpicked ragtime. Really nice to hear that coming from an average Joe. We started talking about guitars. I tried out some nylon string "Cordoba" models by improvising around "O Sole Mio."

Oddballs among oddballs.

It keeps me happy.
 

Recce

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I just do me. I'm me, and no one else is.

To be a bit less philosophical, I suppose I can say that I've developed my own style and feel over decades, and so I have my own sound. An objective observer would hopefully say that I play what is needed to support the song, and am good at both rhythm and lead. Hopefully they would also say that I lean towards tones that are appropriate, classic, and sit well in the mix.

With respect to lead playing I try to make it melodic, musical, and synergistic with the whole song. Not just a bunch of wheedly wheedly thrown on top of just about any song. Tricks to doing this are playing the changes, often incorporating variations on the vocal melody, and trying to come up with something that has a clear beginning, middle, and end.
I thought lead was playing wheedly wheedly.
 

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I have only played one or two gigs the last couple of years.
I mostly gig to keep the band together , I really don't need the gigs these days , takes far too much time.

It's my band , my son plays the other guitar , it's just great.
I only play Les Pauls or a Tele these days , and I play all night with the same guitar , I haven't broken a string in decades.


I would prefer not to sing , but I'm the lead singer anyway. Singing comes natural to me, and maybe it's my only talent.
It doesn't interest me at all , only playing guitar does , and I struggle with it...... sometimes it's horrible , sometimes I scare myself , because the noise I make sound so good , LOL.
 

GeneB

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Instead of cargo pants with sandals and white ankle socks I switch to short jorts, sandals and knee-high compression socks - black of course! Drives the ladies at the Lion's Club wild when we fill in between bingo sessions.
 

GeneB

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I wear a dress.
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AJBaker

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A guy I used to play with complimented my sound, when he said that I didn't sound like any other guitarists he worked with.

My secret: a good tele going into a Vox AC15 normal channel turned up at least 50%, and the guitar turned down. Because the amp was set much louder than I usually needed, I had huge dynamic range by fiddling with the guitar's controls, or with how hard or softly I hit the strings.
I would play gently during a verse, adding ringing notes, arpeggios, or something else that fit (without bothering the vocals), but when I wanted I would make the guitar POP out with a clear powerful tone just by adjusting my attack or controls.
 

ping-ping-clicka

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I stay home make electronic noise and don't ever play with other people. I do it because playing is like meditation, dope, it is transformative,
Every time I got on stage in my younger years I'd shake so bad I just couldn't wait to get off stage. Something traumatic happened when I was a child and with the exception for the 5 years I made a living busking on the street which I enjoyed ( playing alone).
One time in Berkeley this guy put a fiver in my red plastic bucket and when I paused he complimented me on my playing, it was Bobby Black , that felt really good because I had been improvising on some Sun House rhythms that I knew. put me in a situation with other players or on a stage and it's over, stupid as stick, forze up like a deer in the headlights. That's just the way I am , so I accept it and move on down the road.
That real old stuff, that real puts the freight into you, tends to hang around for a long long time.
At least 30 year in treatment, therapy, A.A. N.A. 37 years of sobriety, meditation a daily dosage of really good prescribed drugs, 1 out/of/four is for my blood pressure and all rest are for the head bone and all that I want to do is play by myself.
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drmordo

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I don't try to stand out.

However, here are some things I think would potentially be memorable about my 'style'.

I bring a Casino and a Tele, mostly play the Casino.

These days a Supro Black Magick amp set to stun that sounds killer. Maybe one pedal if I'm feeling frisky but I control my tone almost entirely with my guitar controls and hands.

I try hard to be a good sideman - quiet and constructive when not soloing, and I try to accompany in a range not being used by the other players. After my last gig, the bandleader told me I underplay a bit too much during the verses and he's like me to fill more.

I build my solos like little compositions, and I do play fast at times.

I've been thinking about it a good bit lately, and I think my style would be described as "jazz-influenced blues/rock guitar". So I suspect for some people my style would be memorable because I push the song's boundaries harmonically, but others might find it irritating because I never really play the bag.

The MIK blonde is my fav.

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I haven't gigged this one yet, but I will next time for sure.

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The guitar is now my Esquire, but the amp is my Black Magick. It's amazing.

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