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When guitar faces ruin the listening experience

Discussion in 'Music to Your Ears' started by kplamann, Aug 22, 2018.

  1. thunderbyrd

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    any video of Robin Trower
     
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    I ruined Joe B for a friend by pointing out his guitar faces. [emoji23]

    The worst for me is Steve Vai. I don't care for his music, so it doesn't affect me, but still... he goes from facial expressions into full-on body contortions.
     
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    I thought that was kinda fun and clean picking.
    Couldn't help thinking of Nobody Knowing Me When I Was Down&Out....
    Guitar Faces: At least they're by nature somewhat personal and unique, and can be left off at any point in a performance.
    As opposed to the Stupid I'maMusician Hats.... which, I guess, took the place of goofy hairdoos? -but may be combined with....?
    PorkPie- WhiteGuy trying to be cool... I may have no legit soul creds...but... here I go. Now you KNOW I can play da blooz!
    (I traded my SOUL for this hat, down at da Crossroads!)
    Gimme a break with these things!
    Rather see a Guitar Face than a Guitar Hat.
    Get those hats offn my lawn.
     
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    You want a happy cringe?

     
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    It's an easy habit to eliminate if you catch it before it becomes ingrained. For a handful of players, Hendrix for example, both facial expressions and body language were completely in sync with their tones and playing, but for many others -- most, really -- it becomes nothing more than a tic, and a distraction. There's nothing to criticize or ridicule -- it just doesn't work well, and generally diminishes and distracts. In the OP, the player is very good -- I wouldn't say great -- but the facial expressions are over the top caricatures of emotions. He sometimes looks ridiculous, not because we are insensitive idiots, but because he looks ridiculous. Like a mime with a guitar.
     
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    Not sure how a guitar face could ruin a LISTENING experience. A VIEWING experience I guess makes sense but if they sound good who cares?
     
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    music, like a fine meal, can satisfy more than one sensual modality. A fine meal eaten whilst gazing upon the City waste management plant is not as enjoyable. Part of the reason I enjoy listening to Melanie Sofka on occasion is that her voice represents what she looked like in the early 70s, and that image sticks with me while I listen. Tom Waits is best enjoyed live or on video. For some reason I have to see him to really get him, and I like Tom. (Stay tuned because I'm about to post a Tom Waits thread, but not about his musical style).

    Having said that, the guitarist in this video does not bother me. Not only that, I kind of dig him. I sort of get why he does his thing. Know what I mean?
     
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    I am guilty of looking pained or angry when playing...although I look angry when I'm completely relaxed, so there's that to take into consideration.
     
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    I have spent so much time on the UK banjo sites that I now think of this as "Gurning".

    Guitar Gurning. It is a thing.
     
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    he s about to sneeze !
     
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    Can't blame him. He's playing a Gibson ;)
     
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    This is why I cant watch John Mayer. Hes got a bit of extra chromosome in his guitar faces. That said, everytime i use a wah pedal, I involuntarily wah along with it with mouth movements.... so theres that.
     
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    Sorta look's like Progressive's FLO in mesh lab coat! :lol:
     
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    Let's just focus on what we agree on.
    I hit the play button and walked away, only coming back to the screen after I found myself saying "Daaayum, thassa good bit of guitarring over there..."
    Face? Meh
    There are more obnoxious ones out there.
    In my case, I make 'em only when in great pain or I'm having memory problems and can't remember how to make an A7 chord.

    It's show-time folks.
    Peace - Deeve
     
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    I'm not a big fan of blooze. That would have otherwise stopped me from taking in this clip very quickly. But stage faces would not push me away if I actually liked the music.

    Guitar playing is about emotion, not just technique. Unless clearly forced or fake, I don't really care what faces people make. His look like that's just what his face does naturally when he plays. I've played with lots of guys like that - including drummers. Very normal, not affected people who don't even know they're making the face in the moment. Often, they don't like to watch clips because they don't like to see the faces.

    @kplamann and others who want to criticize the artists, I think it would be great if you posted stills (or better yet) videos of yourself on stage, along with audio clips so that we can see, hear and reciprocate. Apologies to @noah330 for borrowing his idea from another context.
     
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    Sure is!
     
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    God! You absolutely nailed the heart of the matter. I can’t stop laughing
     
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    ...and the headstock's about to fall off...
     
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