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Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by Blazer, Jan 3, 2020.
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Funk Brothers. Not so much solos but the groove.
Influenced by early 70's acoustic players for sure. Jim Croce, Jose Feliciano. Band influence was ABB, then came the Blues magic of the three Kings.
Still never heard anyone play like
What should I do if the guitar player who inspired me to start playing was my Uncle Clarence. He played a mix of songs made up of melody chords. Kind of a cross between Les Paul, Wes Montgomery and Chet Atkins.No need for vocals or drums or backing tracks. He used to take his late '50's Les Paul and Fender Twin with him in his truck for long distance over the road work. He'd make stops along the way and play for his meals and a little cash on the side. When I was four years old, (1959), my parents took our family down to Uncle Clarence and aunt Shirley's, (my fathers sister), home to visit with them and my cousins. At some point during the visit uncle Clarence took my father and I into a small side room where he kept his guitar and amp. While I'd seen guitar playing on Ozzie & Harriet when Rickys band performed, (James Burton on guitar), actually seeing someone put an electric guitar on their lap, flip a couple of switches on an amplifier a proceed to create the best ear candy I'd ever heard up to that point in my life was the spark. It didn't take a lead solo or fancy stage performance to do it. Just sitting in that little room with my Uncle and Father for maybe an hour. When I went home that night my uncles electric guitar and amp was all I could think about. I went to sleep and that's all I dreamed about. That was my starting point for a lifelong infatuation with electric guitars and amplifiers.
"Quicksilver Messenger Service" Was big influance even now when I listen to them you really appreciate the tube amp sound. There are so many great guitar players you really can't pic a favorite from Roy Clark to Albert King
Badge by CLapton
The Rev. Willie G, "Just got back from Baby's".
. The first solo
I started playing in 1964. Steve Cropper was my idol, rhythm and lead.
Here's two for you.
Here's why I love playing rhythm
Neil Young..Down By The River..
I used to play this track over and over again as loud as my parents could stand, playing along to it with my tele or my D35...it didn't matter which guitar I was playing...I just really wanted to play rock'n'roll like that, I wanted to be a Rolling Stone....ahh to be 16 again and discovering rock'n'roll.....
This Video.... @ 5:40 Pete Thorn shows this one off wonderfully!
The guitar player is Glen Willows from a band called Harlequin... a late 70's - early 80's Canadian rock group. He was not THE guitar player that got me started... but one of them.
Like most Canadian material from that era, the solo's were epic as Pete Thorn kindly points out in this video. The solo's became a part of the song and needed to be played in tact...
I still love the original Kiss!!
Jorma on this one.....
Plus I was there!!
I was 12 , I guess when I heard Sultan's of Swing the first time , on a program for young people in the afternoon in Denmark.
It was so new and fresh , and I couldn't stop jumping ,or run around in the room......,No one else had heard it......after the weekend it was on the radio constantly.
Got me started.
At about 19-20 l hadn't played for a year or two.
Friend of mines birthday , thought I would buy him a record , he talked a lot about SRV.........salesman asked me if I had heard the new kid , Jeff Healy ?
From the first note on" Confidence Man " I was hooked again , went home , played guitar , started the band up that's still sort of going.......
I'm another Clapton head. There were others of course, but Disraeli Gears, and especially Crossroads, off the WOF album, got me started. I've played it hundreds of times and I still struggle to get it to sound like what I remember hearing as a kid, with my little record player.
Clapton was already my guitar hero when this came out. Maybe the sweetest blues solo he ever played:
Not a solo, but a song. One of my sister's friends gave me a 45 record in 1960. She didn't like instrumentals. I was hooked and it reeled me in.
I still play it and occasionally put it in the set list.
David Gilmour's phrasings and tones always inspire, but the ONE track that inspired me to play after strumming tennis rackets mimicking The Beatles was the whole song "From The Beginning " by ELP. Acoustic 12string, sat down and learned it start to finish.
Still a favorite