our favorite guitarists

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  1. Dedalus

    Dedalus Senior member

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    Could anyone explain to me why E.Clapton considered a great guitar player?
    Every time I hear him lethargically strum his guitar I am bored, uninspired and unimpressed. What am I missing?


    His band resume is very impressive. His actual guitarwork is kind of boring and generic white guy blues rock, though.
     
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    johnapril Senior member

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    Joey Santiago
     
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    ^Agreed ^ Heard them all in concert.

    You didn't mention Yepes' development of the 10 string guitar that makes so many transcriptions possible and thereby creating the repertoire you mention.

    Manitas de Plata was a savage animal with his guitar. He went into a trance when he played. It was as if we were sitting around a campfire listening to that Gypsy sing!

    Segovia was a disappointment. Maybe it was a bad night for him. Sadly, he seemed to only be going through the motions and delivered high quality bookstore-browsing atmosphere music.

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    My Personal Favorite:
    Rory Gallagher - A Favorite of Blues and Rock Guitarists Everywhere
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    Other Favorites:
    Al DiMeola - A Double Espresso for the Ears
    Robbie Basho - 12 strings and Zen Wrapped in Fringed Buckskin
    Chet Atkins - You Already Know
    John Fahey - Brought Steel and Fingerpicking Into Their Own in America
    Leo Kottke - Fingerpicking Beyond Fahey
    Dick Dale - Surf's Up, Kowabunga!
    Christopher Parkening - Probably Segovia's Best Student

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    Jeez....I'm glad to see someone mentioned Leo Kottke!!!! I've got most of his stuff....John Fahey is great as well.

    I'd also list Clarence White and Doc Watson.
     
  4. CunningSmeagol

    CunningSmeagol Senior member

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    Could anyone explain to me why E.Clapton considered a great guitar player?
    Every time I hear him lethargically strum his guitar I am bored, uninspired and unimpressed. What am I missing?


    Just perfect, simple, blues phrasing.

    Nobody's mentioned Kurt Rosenwinkel. Also Wes Montgomery and Jim Hall. Maybe cheesy but I like Larry Carlton and Steve Lukather too.

    Edit: O dear didn't check carefully enough. Wes and Jim were mentioned. Also remembered Scofield. I once saw Jimmy Herring and he was fantastic. Love Mike Stern too.
     
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    Brian278 Senior member

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    I'm not the biggest Clapton fan, in fact I think he's probably the most overrated guitarist ever based on his more recent work (I'm talking the last couple of decades), but he was pretty good, fairly cutting edge and influential back in his Cream/Yardbirds/Bluesbreakers days.
     
  6. whodini

    whodini Conan OOOOOOO"BRIEN!

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    Could anyone explain to me why E.Clapton considered a great guitar player?
    Every time I hear him lethargically strum his guitar I am bored, uninspired and unimpressed. What am I missing?

    There's a reason why he's called "Slowhands."
    I'm not the biggest Clapton fan, in fact I think he's probably the most overrated guitarist ever based on his more recent work (I'm talking the last couple of decades), but he was pretty good, fairly cutting edge and influential back in his Cream/Yardbirds/Bluesbreakers days.

    Exactly.
     
  7. matadorpoeta

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    His band resume is very impressive. His actual guitarwork is kind of boring and generic white guy blues rock, though.

    +1000
     
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    matadorpoeta Senior member

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    Didn't see these two mentioned before:

    Prince
    Robert Johnson


    robert johnson was mentioned twice before you. once by me.
     
  9. matadorpoeta

    matadorpoeta Senior member

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    Just a given like SRV, Clapton, Hendrix, Johnson, etc.

    i don't think anyone is a given. i don't like any of the players you mention there, unless by johnson you're referring to robert johnson, king of the delta blues.
     
  10. whodini

    whodini Conan OOOOOOO"BRIEN!

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    i don't think anyone is a given. i don't like any of the players you mention there, unless by johnson you're referring to robert johnson, king of the delta blues.
    Who would the other Johnson be? And the given is that those names would appear on a list of favorite guitarists, whether on your list or someone else's as they're some of the more important figures in history.
     
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    i don't think anyone is a given. i don't like any of the players you mention there, unless by johnson you're referring to robert johnson, king of the delta blues.

    You like Jimmy Page but you don't like Hendrix? [​IMG]
     
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    Who would the other Johnson be?
    Eric.
     
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    You like Jimmy Page but you don't like Hendrix? [​IMG]

    i had one hendrix album when i was a teenager, but i never really got into it. i'm not much into rock music to begin with, but i do like him more than clapton. the hendrix version of "sunshine of your love" makes it obvious who was the better musician.

    i don't have a led zeppelin album either, but i do like their music very much, and page is the most creative rocker i've heard, though i wouldn't put him at the same level of paco de lucÃa or niño ricardo.
     
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    whodini Conan OOOOOOO"BRIEN!

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    Eric.
    You can keep him.
     
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    You can keep him.

    Well, if he's not your flavor, we've got plenty of Yngwie, Vai, Van Halen, and Satch in stock.
     

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