Greatest Guitarists - Yesterday & Today

nervas

more crickets than friends
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Elliott Smith is amazing.

So on to greatest guitarists of yesterday and today:

Yesterday - JOHNNY RAMONE!
Today - JACK WHITE!
 

Gerard K H Love

Appreciate your friends
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Elliot Smith was amazing.

My daughter was into him and it is too bad he died. That is a very tough mental illness to have.
 

Ambreen

Sordide Sentimental
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Iron fuckin' Maiden's fab three (Dave Murray, Janick Gers and Adrian Smith) !
 

scribbler

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Low fi originality of Houndog Taylor....and what the hell kind of Tiesco-ish wild-assed guitar is he playin. I want one of those.
 

ESO9

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I like:
Zoot Horn Rollo
Snakefinger
D. Boon
Edward Van Halen (the classic stuff with DLR)
Frank Zappa
Eddie Hazel
Sugarfoot
Gatemouth Brown
Mississippi John Hurt
Jimi Hendrix

and many, many more...
 

Ambreen

Sordide Sentimental
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The "strange gigs" thread makes me realize I forgot to quote Vernon "glamour boy" Reid !


 

d gray

tried to do his best but could not
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any of the guitarists here know/like lenny breau? here's a clip from a live album of his.

 

poptop

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Not a guitarist, but I loved Lenny's playing. The album Cabin Fever. Beautiful hands. Genius. A troubled but gentle soul.

 

d gray

tried to do his best but could not
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yeah that's a great album. there's a documentary on youtube that's worth watching -

 

Cowboy

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Keith Richards , the best and baddest guitarplayer of all time , only five strings on his Telecaster and in many open tunings . He do his own stuff !
Ritchie Blackmore , hard and heavy icon
David Hollestelle , a good Rythmenplayer from Netherland
Jason Krause Twisted Brown Trucker Band from Detroit
 

mjp

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Don't bother sitting through that if you want an explanation of why that groovy monster voice metal dude takes two of the strings off his guitars. He doesn't explain or talk about that at all, other than to say "I only use four." How enlightening.
 

Mark73

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true and enlightening words from mutilating jigsaw pope. only click the link if you care about
cavalera and his music.
 

growing beard

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for the clean and nimble sound i dig chet atkins every day of the week. he will never drive me crazy and i appreciate that. for an electric version of the same thing mark knopfler, who;s voice i think is also good, although his lyrics are generally garbage. for clean and relaxed, keola beamer doing slack key guitar. in alt/country rock hayes carll is versatile - versatility is a quality that, to me, makes somebody great nowadays. but then, being one with a particular style might be easier to live with! for BIG-WAILING rock and roll, i'm going to go with prince over all those other stadium rockers. minneapolis in the house. For punk rock I don't know much of anything but jones/strummer of the clash worked well together imo (the category of chemistry BETWEEN guitarists in the same group is different though maybe). for body and soul, john lee hooker. detroit transplants represent.


guys like chuck berry and georges brassens do a good job of using their singing and lyrics and guitars all together. that to me is a separate skill, but a cool one.
 

Black Swan

Abord the Yorikke!
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Georges Brassens? I am surprised to read this here, but still impressed. With Brel, Brassens was one of the best french lyricist (poet) for sure. His guitar style was very odd, since he learned to play, only to accompany himself. His rhythms are continuously changing to fit the line.
Some wiki stuff below, but quite accurate. He was my introduction to poetry and resistance.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Georges_Brassens
 

number6horse

okyoutwopixiesoutyougo
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As a guitarist who has spent many hours in pursuit of tricky scales and "secret" techniques, I only saw one who ever made me go "WTF ?", and that was Frank Zappa (from his Chicago stop on the "You Can't Do That Onstage Anymore" tour of 1988 - can't recall the exact tune.) He did something completely "outside" yet prefectly sensible within the song. Of course, that was Zappa's genius in music and everything generally.

As for the Technique vs. Feeling debate, may I submit this. The magic begins at 3:33. Bob Stinson wasn't a polished player but tone, technique, and timing all came together on this brief solo. A great example of feedback used as an intro rather than a climactic point.

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growing beard

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Georges Brassens? I am surprised to read this here, but still impressed. With Brel, Brassens was one of the best french lyricist (poet) for sure. His guitar style was very odd, since he learned to play, only to accompany himself. His rhythms are continuously changing to fit the line.
Some wiki stuff below, but quite accurate. He was my introduction to poetry and resistance.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Georges_Brassens
good background! What was the context that you first listened to him? For me it was only five or six years ago, but I was and am impressed by how he intertwined his voice, guitar, and poetry - there was a thread somewhere discussing the fact that most songwriters do not write poetry (if you read their work, it loses its signature character); Brassens certainly seems to be an exception.
 

Black Swan

Abord the Yorikke!
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I am french canadian. Brassens was on the record player as far as I can remember :wb: . I could probably recite most of his songs. A philosopher and a master of putting lines together with an unusual sense of humour. Sometimes it took him months to put a song together, as history was intertwined in the poetry. You could say that he was cynical and didn't have much hope for humankind. To this day, I still have the pleasure to uncover the full richness of his lines. He is like a rare wine. He was a true rebel and stood by the underdog. There are some similarities with Bukowski. To say that he was one of the greatest guitarists of all time would probably have some people laugh hysterically and swallow their tongue, but to me he is one of the strongest poets I have ever known.

The translation must suck but it gives you a taste.

 
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