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A couple of comments in Pappy's poll thread about not "getting" Jeff Beck. Hmmm.

 

I love Jeff, and I think the reason why he's the shiznit for a lead guitarist boils down the expressivity of his playing.

 

The inflections of his phrasing have a vocal quality that is not easy to achieve with a stringed instrument.

 

His intonation on looooong bends is just phenomenal. A lot of players cannot stay in tune with half and whole step bends, Jeff hits the sweet spot even on bends of wider intervals

 

His work with the trem bar is equally shockingly good in the phrasing and intonation.

 

Jeff's biggest problem throughout his career is that he hasn't had the greatest material to work with on a consistent basis. Some of the songs he's been presented with are really trite, and lack the depth that his playing carries.

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Jeez, I thought this was gonna be about me. Narcissism, anyone? :)

 

Beck is great. All of the elements you mentioned, Bill, are right on the money (especially the bend intonation... how do he do dat?). He absolutely deserves his place among the absolute top tier of influential rock players.

 

- Jeff

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As wild as his technique is, what with string bends that involve his left (fretboard) hand, and simultaneously his right hand (sometimes the wammy bar, other times just the palm of his hand directly on the trem itself), it is truly spectacular that his intonation is absolutely right on. I watched him very carefully Tuesday night, and I'm still not sure how anyone could do all of that and be in perfect tune, spot on, all night long! He was even in perfect tune while playing slide. Quite a marksman!!

 

The guy is a master.

 

Oh, and by the way....his guitar was straight to his amps all night long, with only one exception...he did use one effect that sounded like a wacked out chorus. Other than that, every tone he made came from his Strat and his hands, thru Marshall's (?2000's??), and two Fender's (not sure which, but it was a head with separate speaker cabs). He takes "organic" (meaning just hands, guitar, and amp) to a whole new level.

Don

 

"There once was a note, Pure and Easy. Playing so free, like a breath rippling by."

 

 

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check this out....a home made video from the Hammerstein Jeff Beck show tuesday. That is his synth player starting off.

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ey4CeEQENiQ&NR

 

It's not the best "Beck showcase" song, it's mostly synth, but cool none the less.

Don

 

"There once was a note, Pure and Easy. Playing so free, like a breath rippling by."

 

 

http://www.soundclick.com/bands/pagemusic.cfm?bandID=574296

 

http://www.myspace.com/imdrs

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Originally posted by Jeff Klopmeyer:

Jeez, I thought this was gonna be about me. Narcissism, anyone? :)

 

Beck is great. All of the elements you mentioned, Bill, are right on the money (especially the bend intonation... how do he do dat?). He absolutely deserves his place among the absolute top tier of influential rock players.

 

- Jeff

Yeah, me too. (Both points.)

 

Also, didn't he have some serious alcohol problem stopping his career at various high points? (Like THAT's unusual ...)

 

Hey weasel, I figure if a guitarist can hang out at the keyboard forum, I could wander over here a bit. ;)

 

- Jeff

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Originally posted by Tedster:

Originally posted by Jeff Klopmeyer:

Beck is great.

I liked his "Sea Change" CD. ;)

 

Seriously, though...I hear a lot of his style and attack when I listen to guys like Satch and Vai.

Yes!! I think that if it were not for Jeff Beck's right hand, Vai and Satch might not be what/who they are.

Don

 

"There once was a note, Pure and Easy. Playing so free, like a breath rippling by."

 

 

http://www.soundclick.com/bands/pagemusic.cfm?bandID=574296

 

http://www.myspace.com/imdrs

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Originally posted by mdrs:

.......Oh, and by the way....his guitar was straight to his amps all night long, with only one exception...he did use one effect that sounded like a wacked out chorus. Other than that, every tone he made came from his Strat and his hands, thru Marshall's (?2000's??), and two Fender's (not sure which, but it was a head with separate speaker cabs). He takes "organic" (meaning just hands, guitar, and amp) to a whole new level.

I have to disagree about going direct to his amp, although I always thought he did. After Monday night's show, I got close enough to the stage to see a pedalboard with several effects on it. I think the "whacked-out chorus" was a Univibe. Also the Fender heads were Tone Masters.
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Originally posted by Guitar55:

Originally posted by mdrs:

.......Oh, and by the way....his guitar was straight to his amps all night long, with only one exception...he did use one effect that sounded like a wacked out chorus. Other than that, every tone he made came from his Strat and his hands, thru Marshall's (?2000's??), and two Fender's (not sure which, but it was a head with separate speaker cabs). He takes "organic" (meaning just hands, guitar, and amp) to a whole new level.

I have to disagree about going direct to his amp, although I always thought he did. After Monday night's show, I got close enough to the stage to see a pedalboard with several effects on it. I think the "whacked-out chorus" was a Univibe. Also the Fender heads were Tone Masters.
I didn't get that close, so I'll certainly defer to your observation. I didn't have the impression that he used many effects, except for the univibe.....could you tell???

Don

 

"There once was a note, Pure and Easy. Playing so free, like a breath rippling by."

 

 

http://www.soundclick.com/bands/pagemusic.cfm?bandID=574296

 

http://www.myspace.com/imdrs

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Jeff Beck may be the finest rock guitarist of his generation. I have never seen him play yet that he didn't just amaze me. Watching him play is like watching a fourth of July pinwheel throwing off a shower of sparks.

Always remember that you are unique. Just like everyone else.

 

 

 

 

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