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not an asshole.

 

Someone who is good at what they do, but not an "allstar".

They put effort into it and try as hard as they can.

They do not sacrifice their music for their or someone else's well being.

They do not discourage anyone from their dreams if they think that they are not good at what they do.

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Must have long hair, be rail-thin, and well hung.

Gotta wear extra tight clothes and have a billion dollor per year drug habit. And a limo and hot chics.

Oh wait - that was the 80's...

OK these days it helps if you're all of the above but for real what does make a great musician? I think that can only be answered by those who listen.

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Must have long hair, be rail-thin, and well hung.

Gotta wear extra tight clothes and have a billion dollor per year drug habit. And a limo and hot chics.

c'mon, that's not a great musician!!!!!!

 

that's a guitarist.

 

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Must have long hair, be rail-thin, and well hung.

Gotta wear extra tight clothes and have a billion dollor per year drug habit. And a limo and hot chics.

 

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c'mon, that's not a great musician!!!!!!

 

that's a guitarist.

Nice one :D

 

Great musicians inspire people. It could be how they play and/or what they play and compose.

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I would have to begin with Big Red and Jeremycs' focus on mastery; the ability to do whatever you need to do in any musical situation flawlessly.

 

Then I'd raise them. The greatest musicians also are very in touch with who they are as people, and very in touch with the spiritual need around them. And they have the ability to speak something through music to the hearts of the listeners.

 

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Great ear, understanding of a great range of musical styles, aware of on-stage communcation and interaction along the lines of dynamics and texture and when to be busy or lay back, ability to play lines that speak to the audience and the band and band leader, early for commitments, positive not negative, knowing when to say no in the nicest of ways (rather than take gigs where in the end everyone is unhappy).

 

Red above said theory, I would sort of assume the knowledge of enough theory appropriate for the style under the above mention of musical styles early on in my list. I think I have a bit of theory knowledge but for me it seems not nearly as important as a good ear. Not that I'm knocking Red's advice, I'm agreeing at least to an extent but I'm rolling it into understanding musical styles. I'm still looking for the "classic"-folk-rock situation where I can fit a solo derived from the diminished scale. :D

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Yeah guys, you're all right on.

I would like to add perseverence to the list...although its a very general thing-I mean if you have the strength and will to persevere you can become great at anything.

If the song isn't too complex with time changes and things like that, I can just hop in and play along with anything, thats what I do in my main band. We just get together and jam -sometimes its like I'm in the woodshed with a band backing me.

But I wouldn't say I'm a good musician. I don't even think of myself as a musician, I'm just a guy who plays bass. I don't want to be a musician, thats a frickin hard life, man. I just want to play music in front of lots of people and have a great time.

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In my opinion a truly good musician is able to what they need to when they need to even though they might not enjoy it but still be able to preform with it and act like they enjoy it, but at the same time play what they enjoy playing because they enjoy and are able to put feeling into what they do.

 

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The very first prereq for musical greatness is the ability & willingness to listen. If you ain't listening to those around you, you ain't makin' music.

 

The second is the ability to be musical. No one will ever confuse Ringo Starr with Buddy Rich from a technical perspective, but have you noticed that Ringo was THE drummer for one of the all-time great rock bands? Have you noticed that it's nearly impossible to improve on what Ringo played? Have you noticed that he always gets top players for his All-Starr Band? You don't do that without being a great musician. BTW, when he left the up-and-coming Hurricanes for the Beatles the Hurricanes never recovered.

 

Technical proficiency is only a small part of the picture. It's a nice thing to have (and essential for live performance), but you can always hire someone to execute a part if neccessary. Even a great guitarist like Zappa hired guitarists....

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Originally posted by Bass_god_offspring:

Must have long hair, be rail-thin, and well hung.

Gotta wear extra tight clothes and have a billion dollor per year drug habit. And a limo and hot chics.

c'mon, that's not a great musician!!!!!!

 

that's a guitarist.

 

:D:eek:;)

Bwahahahaha!!

 

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Couldn't agree with Coyote more on this one... especially with the Ringo analogy.

 

I can play a lot of what Ringo played.

 

I can't imagine improving on what he did.

 

Ringo therefor was a GREAT musician.

 

I'll veer off from what Jeremy said; I agree that Jeremy's example qualifies as a "great musician," but I don't believe it is prerequisite. There are plenty of "one-trick ponies" out there that are good at what they do and that's it, and I consider them great musicians. Keef Richards might be an example. He's very good at what he does, but I'm not sure he'd be the right fit for another band. Same with Ringo... can you imagine Ringo playing with Black Sabbath? :D

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Uhhh... can you say Helter Skelter? :D

Originally posted by getz76:

can you imagine Ringo playing with Black Sabbath?

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I'm sure this one will raise hell, but why not, it is MY definition: a great musician has to be dead first before he/she can be truly great.

 

If they're still alive, there is the risk of diminishing a great reputation with not-so-great accomplishments. Plus, we seldom appreciate the greatness of living contributors because we expect them to be around and continue to produce great works. We may call someone living "great", but in comparison with the dead they just don't seem to be as great.

 

So you really won't miss me until I'm gone. :D

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My definition of a great musician (and incidentaly my goal as a musician) is the ability to sit down with any musician or group of musicians and make them sound better.

A musician's greatness is marked not by his ability to stand out, but his ability to fit in.

When you can sit down with a group of lousy musicians and make them all sound better then you are great.

 

I realize that I am leaving off all the solo musicians out there. I haven't come up with anything witty or ground breaking for them yet. However, very few musicians never play with other musicians, so I believe my point stands.

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