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Re: The greatest guitarist ever, bar none

Postby Stratman57 » Wed Jul 15, 2020 1:00 am

Shouldn't this list specify a particular genre?

Classical would be someone like Segovia, but I suspect he wouldn't score highly in the rock/ blues category, the number one would be Hendrix in that one.
Jazz, well maybe Charlie Christian.
Folk, Bert Jansch, or someone similar.
Punk, anyone who could play a blues scale.
Indie, Johnny Marr.
Prog rock, Robert Fripp or Steve Howe.
General percussive acoustic guitar Jon Gomm.
Shear Funkyness, Nile Rodgers.

Regards, Simon.
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Re: The greatest guitarist ever, bar none

Postby Tim Gillett » Wed Jul 15, 2020 1:32 am

Yes and then there's versatility, able to play many different styles/genres.
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Re: The greatest guitarist ever, bar none

Postby Music Wolf » Wed Jul 15, 2020 6:38 am

Whilst Brian is a nice guy, and I've had the pleasure to meet him, he can't possibly be the greatest guitar player of all time because it would appear that he only has one guitar and not a proper one at that but rather some homemade afair. As any guitarist knows, success comes from owning many, many, guitars and an infinite number of pedals.

If it was all down to just technique and practice then any fool could do it.
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Re: The greatest guitarist ever, bar none

Postby blinddrew » Wed Jul 15, 2020 8:00 am

:lol: :lol: :clap: :clap:
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Re: The greatest guitarist ever, bar none

Postby Dynamic Mike » Wed Jul 15, 2020 10:22 am

Eric Clapton wanted to release 'The World's Greatest Guitarist (there's one in every crowd)' but the record label didn't think people would get the joke and shortened it to 'One In Every Crowd'.
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Re: The greatest guitarist ever, bar none

Postby SecretSam » Fri Jul 17, 2020 9:12 pm

Alan Holdsworth
John Schofield
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Re: The greatest guitarist ever, bar none

Postby Alba » Fri Jul 17, 2020 10:40 pm

An interviewer asked Eric Clapton, "what's it like to be the best guitar player in the world?" To which EC replied, "I dunno, ask Prince."
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Re: The greatest guitarist ever, bar none

Postby MOF » Sat Jul 18, 2020 1:24 am

Are we talking 1000+ notes a minute, playing the guitar behind your head, with your teeth, setting it on fire as an end of gig publicity stunt or tasteful melodic players such as George Harrison that actually enhanced the track?
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Re: The greatest guitarist ever, bar none

Postby Arpangel » Sat Jul 18, 2020 6:56 am

"100 Greatest Guitarists Ever"

This means nothing, it’s just a tabloid style grabber to sell in that magazine to people who want something to read on the train.

"And How To Play Like Them"

Why would you want to do that? surely the last thing a "Guitar" magazine should be suggesting as a constructive way forward.
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Re: The greatest guitarist ever, bar none

Postby Hewesy » Sat Jul 18, 2020 9:37 am

Alba wrote:An interviewer asked Eric Clapton, "what's it like to be the best guitar player in the world?" To which EC replied, "I dunno, ask Prince."

David Gilmour said the same, indeed I was lucky enough to see him at the Royal Albert Hall just after the Purple One passed and he worked the Purple Rain solo into Comfortably Numb as a tribute.

Epic.

But back to it, whilst I do agree Brian is incredible and is a more versatile player than perhaps you first think my own 0.2p would go to Steve Lukather. Surely one of the most flexible and chameleon like players, which is why Ringo keeps him in the All Starr Band.

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Re: The greatest guitarist ever, bar none

Postby Dynamic Mike » Sat Jul 18, 2020 1:45 pm

Alba wrote:An interviewer asked Eric Clapton, "what's it like to be the best guitar player in the world?" To which EC replied, "I dunno, ask Prince."
Hendrix famously replied 'if I bump into Rory Gallagher I'll ask him'.
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Re: The greatest guitarist ever, bar none

Postby Alba » Sun Jul 19, 2020 11:42 am

Hewesy wrote:
Alba wrote:An interviewer asked Eric Clapton, "what's it like to be the best guitar player in the world?" To which EC replied, "I dunno, ask Prince."

David Gilmour said the same, indeed I was lucky enough to see him at the Royal Albert Hall just after the Purple One passed and he worked the Purple Rain solo into Comfortably Numb as a tribute.

Epic.

Might be this one ? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UcDHXoQmxu0
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Re: The greatest guitarist ever, bar none

Postby Hewesy » Sun Jul 19, 2020 6:05 pm

The very same, I was probably 5-6 people to the right of the camera.

Marvellous

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Re: The greatest guitarist ever, bar none

Postby ManFromGlass » Thu Jul 30, 2020 12:04 pm

and then there are the invisible ones - the studio guitarists who created and played those hit song licks that are imbedded note for note in our brains. I’m thinking primarily Wrecking Crew but there are plenty other unsung hero’s.
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Re: The greatest guitarist ever, bar none

Postby Dirlogic » Wed Aug 05, 2020 9:39 pm

BJG145 wrote:You might think that's speculative, but no, there is an answer, revealed in Total Guitar this month. It's Brian May.

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Hendrix was 2nd. I mean, he was good, but...Brian May.

They confront him with the fact that he's trumped several of the most gifted players to have ever tried the thing and to be fair he's very humble about it. I think what this shows is that people like tunes they can hum, and showmanship. (At least that's what Total Guitar readers want.)

Damn! And I thought I Guitar World would have chosen me for sure...

Well congrats to Brian.
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