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If You Could Be Any Guitar Player?


Dr. Ellwood

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I want to be me, not anybody else. Sure, I'd like to be a younger, richer, smarter, thiner me, but I still like me, and don't wan tto be anyone else. (except, perhaps, Homer J Simpson. You must admit, Homer has it made.)

 

Bill

"I believe that entertainment can aspire to be art, and can become art, but if you set out to make art you're an idiot."

 

Steve Martin

 

Show business: we're all here because we're not all there.

 

 

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My first thought was I'd be tempted to be Eddie Van Halen, as long as I didn't have to play the kind of music he usually plays! But man, does that sucker have technique, and even taste when he chooses to apply it. I haven't heard him play acoustic or classical, but I bet he can play fingerstyle just fine!

 

Otherwise, I might pick Larry Carlton, Robben Ford, or Lee Ritenour. Though, I like those guys best when they're sidemen for others. (One notable exception, Ritenour's "Stolen Moments" CD, where he's playing covers of great but less-often-covered jazz classics).

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Originally posted by Bill@Welcome Home Studios:

I want to be me, not anybody else. Sure, I'd like to be a younger, richer, smarter, thiner me, but I still like me, and don't wan tto be anyone else. (except, perhaps, Homer J Simpson. You must admit, Homer has it made.)

 

Bill

I second that. Except I am already young and a would actually like to put on a couple of stone.
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Me. I want to figure it all out on my own. I am not very good, nor do I pretend to be, but I feel it's important to build my own style/skills.

 

For a day, though, I'd want to be Jimmy Page. And I definitely know who I'd want to be for bass, too.....

"My two Fender Basses, I just call them "Lesbos" because of the time they spend together in the closet."-Durockrolly

 

This has been a Maisie production. (Directed in part by Spiderman)

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SRV. How could you not want the skills of Stevie Ray. Even if you are Bill, you would still like to have the skills of SRV.

Yup.

I can see myself layin down "Pride and Joy" like I owned the place.

I might go practice in the mirror right now. I need a feather for my hat. :D

bbach

 

Beauty is in the eye of the beer holder.

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Originally posted by Bbach1:

SRV. How could you not want the skills of Stevie Ray. Even if you are Bill, you would still like to have the skills of SRV.

Yup.

I can see myself layin down "Pride and Joy" like I owned the place.

I might go practice in the mirror right now. I need a feather for my hat. :D

TOTALLY LMAO!!!!!

 

YES :thu::thu:

Don

 

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

 

 

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Chris Smither

Leo Kottke

Jorma Kaukonen

Pete Townshend

Eric Clapton

Duane Allman

Steve Howe

 

Now, I don't mind being me....I'm kinda stuck being me as far as I can tell..... ;)

 

So, let's just say I'll accept myself, but wouldn't mind having the chops of any of the guys on my list.... :cool::cool:

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

 

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Originally posted by rw2003:

Interesting question... so far we have two takers on Gary Moore but nobody has signed up for Hendrix or Beck or any of our modern, post-VH shredders such as Steve Vai... wonder why???

I should have put Jeff Beck on my list....

 

Carlos Santana as well.........

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 Guitar55:

Danny Gatton, without the gun

+1

quote:Originally posted by mdrs:

 

It's pure B.S., and obvioulsy inaccurate. I suspect it is posted for effect, not for accuracy.

 

John Petrucci > Johnny Winter

The Edge > Ted Nugent

Guitar One Mag > Guitarplayer

Slash > Carlton

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well i would take the skills of Jimi and Townsend but just play my type of music but oh god i think it would be a blessing to have that kind of ability. But like Dark and Bill i like myself a fair bit just dont like the amount of talent i have :D

G

Love life, some twists and turns are more painful than others, but love life.....

 

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I could have the skill of any guitar player I wanted?

 

...well if that happened, I'd probubly stop playing the guitar. The guitar is a puzzle I enjoy solving. If I reached my goals, I'd stop playing.

 

I've found myself wishing I could wail like Paul Gilbert, or some other impressive versitile guitarist. I wouldn't want it to magically happen though. I'm sure I could be that good if I dedicated my efforts to it.

 

I think, for me, it becomes a question of "who do I look up to that I would want others to look up to me as?". Jimi? Eddie? Johnny? Dave? Anyone can sound and play like these guys. But no one can write like them!!

What a horrible night to have a curse.
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I like Bass247's answer. The process of becoming a a guitar player is what its about, the discovery of your creativity and technique. I would love to have the dexterity of Eric Johnson, and strive to have tones as good as his. But that is just a goal to try for, not something I wish was instantly bestowed on me. The hero worship thing can only take you halfway, having the skills is not even half of what it takes to be an artist. Sure you can call yourself a musician at a certain skill level and even be succesfull, but its that creativity and what you do with those skills that make you special.
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Originally posted by Sasquatch51:

I'm happy.

I have to say I'm happy too. I've come a long way in the last year since picking up the guitar again. If I had to assess my current skills with my previous skills (before putting the guitar down), I'd say I'm at about 50% right now and that ain't too bad.

 

I'd still like to have Keith Richards' money. ;)

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