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Who's an elite level guitarist AND singer ???

Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by Fullerton Mike, Aug 17, 2020.

  1. Albertwang

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    Richie Kotzen
    Prince
    Yngwie Malmsteen (have you ever heard him singning?)
    Eric Clapton
    Phylip Sayce
    Johnny Lang
    Vince Gill
    Redd Volkaert
    Brad Paisley (what he sings seems easy but is not)
    John Mayer
     
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    But doesn’t that make him a great songwriter and storyteller who is an adequate vocalist? I mean, I can point to many truly great singers who have not created art nearly as fine as Knopfler ... but that doesn’t mean Knopfler is a great vocalist. It means he’s a great artist.
     
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    I guess my list would go:

    George Harrison
    Keith Urban


    I'm sure there are more.. plus it's all subjective as to what great singer is. The amazing thing about Urban and Paisley, even though Paisley might not be the greatest singer is they sing while playing some pretty complex lead parts. That is not easy. I am singer / guitarist and I know I struggle with always separating the rhythm of what I'm singing and the rhythm of the guitar. If they are different it's extremely difficult to do both well.

    But George was pretty freaking good on both accounts. Or is.

    I'm sure there are more. River's Cuomo isn't so bad. But I would imagine not a lot of people think he's a great singer. I like it quite a bit.

    Oh, I have two Christian artists that are singer / guitarists that I think are pretty darned good but the first one probably isn't a GREAT guitarist. But I like what he does. And he's a pretty freaking good singer

    Peter Fuhrler from the Newsboys and
    Jon Foreman from Switchfoot.

    Oh snap, yeah I forgot about Prince. Good call.
    And yeah someone mentioned the stray cat's guy. Now I forget his name..... He's pretty freaking good at both too.
     
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    definitely sir paul
     
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    I love Mark Knopfler more than I can properly convey, but an elite vocalist he is not. Guitarist and songwriter? No doubt.
     
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    Cray is truly phenomenal. "He Don't Live Here Anymore" is an excellent example of him doing both beautifully.
     
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    He was awesome. And the music he wrote, arranged, and recorded! Amazing.
     
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    Clapton a vocalist?! Geez, no, the guy's a guitar god and he could pull off a vocal in a limited range, but elite? No - even he admits it.

    I'd vote for Paul Simon, James Taylor and oddly enough, Glen Campbell who was a phenomenal player.
     
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    Richard Thompson
     
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    I don't agree with that but of course you're entitled to your own tastes and your own opinion.
     
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    Prince
     
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    but, tbf, Richard Thompson, while a capable vocalist who has improved greatly over the decades, is also not an elite vocalist.

    but in the absence of specifying what one means by elite vocalist (as in, are we talking Sister Rosetta, Nina Simone, Ella Fitzgerald, Marian Anderson, kd lang, or, folks who can stay in tune for an entire song without autotune and have learned some mannerisms that other people attach emotional significance to?) we'll get nowhere. I want range, power, accuracy and intonation: so, you kinda havta put joni mitchell on the list. (& if you accept her peculiar guitar that opens up space for Adrian Belew)

    or, for guys: who can sing like Paul Robeson? or Tony Bennett, roy Orbison? Go back and listen/watch some 60s 70s era BB: that man was a vocal force of nature.

    except that Prince is one of the few who will wind up on both lists.
     
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    I'll go with TODD RUNDGREN!!! He can do it all and do it well...
     
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    oh lord NO. Garcia was, by his own admission, at best a passable vocalist. Trey, has moments, but doesn't know enough to write melodies that are actually in his range.

    & bless him Billy Strings is well on his way to becoming the tommy emmanuel of bluegrass.
     
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    Don't get me wrong here, I love Jerry's playing. He had a sound and style all his own. But I once saw where someone said he had a "whimpy voice" and I'm inclined to agree...
     
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    Billy Corgan
     
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    Uh....Robben Ford!?
     
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    I haven't seen Bob Welch mentioned. I like his unique voice and he wrote some excellent songs. As a player, I think he's under rated...
     
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    Al is a truly incredible guitarist but I don't think he sings...
     
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    George Benson
    Ted Nugent (his voice is pretty much shot these days, though)

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