Superfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 39470 posts, RR: 76 Posted (11 years 7 months 1 week 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 3260 times:
After seen that 'popularity' poll for guitarist, I'd like to point out some guitar players that don't get the attention they deserve as 'skilled musicians'.
I can care less about popularity/commercial success and attitude which seem to be the determining factor in many cases , I'd like to hear about guitar players that are actually good.
I've been playing guitar since I was 12 and I like to hear players/songwriters who are good regardless of style of music.
My favorites would be:
Alex Lifeson of RUSH
Mike Campbell of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
As for RUSH, you have to go beyond Tom Sawyer (the radio song) to hear what he is capable of. Listen to Hemispheres (all 18:07 of it), All of Permanent Waves and even Power Windows (which has a lot of synth) and you will be amazed. A great guitar player does more than shred or bend every note like the blues guys, an excellent player can paint a picture and get the most sound out of 6 strings (or 12).
I was lucky to meet him at a music & tennis festival back in 1990. Very funny and down to earth guy who like to crack a lot of jokes. Our style of humor was so alike it almost scarred me.
Mike Campbell is great because of all the fills and colors he adds to the music. He is one of the few rockers who can solo on a Rickenbacker 12-string. Any guitarist who has played one of these knows that's not an easy task. Those slim necks with all of that lacquer can make things very hard to move around.
Phil Keaggy is simply amazing. Excellent songwriter/composer and player. He is missing two fingers on one hand and can pull off what many can't do with all 10. He is unknown to many because he is on the Christian record labels and is mainly in to singing religious songs and doesn’t really care for all of the fanfare and hype.
A good album to get a dose is ‘Love Broke Through’ (1976) and The Master and the Musician (1978)
I've actually met him too at a church once to see him put on a small show. Very nice guy.
BTW, I am not one of those ‘holy-roller’ types.
Leopold From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (11 years 7 months 1 week 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 3228 times:
too many people mistake loudness for talent. i think that just about all of todays so called guitarists have little talent beyond making those shrill, ear piercing buzz saw noises. some people think thats talent. i think its garbage. i don't care about how loud or shrill it is. I want to hear a good melody.
Superfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 39470 posts, RR: 76
Reply 5, posted (11 years 7 months 1 week 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 3189 times:
You are right!
No guitarist that's been on MTV for the last 10 years don't even belong on a list with talented guitarist.
To think that Kirt Cocaine made that list with real musicians is a crime. I can't believe that guitarist of the group Cum...err... I mean Creed gets endorsments for Paul Reed Smith guitars.
They are nothing but a boy-band that can play instruments and screem.
Eric Clapton is OK but he just seems like the guitarist that's safe for mam & dad to listen to.
Stratofish From Germany, joined Sep 2001, 1048 posts, RR: 6
Reply 20, posted (11 years 7 months 1 week 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 2917 times:
the guy that played the guitar on the last BILLY JOEL album
to name but a few
also many guitarists I have worked with, there was one guy from Peru whose name I forgot who was incredible, played everything of all the Vai, Satriani, etc... bunch at the age of 18 (!) but with much more heart and esteem as those.