Are there any singers who can really play the guitar?

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  1. McShred

    McShred Supporting Member

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    For a working player, that was absolutely average playing/soloing. He used the same group of licks in both solos, and those haven't been fresh since FreeBird.

    Adam can certainly play the guitar competantly, sing quite well, writes super catchy songs, is a great host/MC.... there is a whole lot to like about Adam, and I'm a fan, but his guitar playing isn't very exceptional.
     
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    Gas-man Unrepentant Massaganist

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    True, I mean the guy isn't at Keith Urban's level of guitar mastery but he's pretty good for a pretty boy pop star, eh?
     
  3. McShred

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    He's better than I expected, and when you put it together with all his other attributes, singing, songwriting and almost as likeable a guy as Dave Grohl, he's definitely dangerous. :)
     
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    Warren has an excellent voice, +1
     
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    Roger Daltrey is a pretty fair guitarist, in fact, when The Who were still known as the Detours in the early days, Roger was the lead guitarist. He gave it up because Townshend was better.

    I've seen Roger playing guitar onstage, but strictly rhythm. He held his own just fine.
     
  7. McShred

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    We're not talking about pretty fair, LOL, we're talking exceptional.

    Pete Towshend wouldnt make the guitar cut in a million years, Daltrey would be bringing up the rear somwhere around the Joan Jett, Johnny Ramone group.
     
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  8. A-Bone

    A-Bone Montonero, MOY, Multitudes Gold Supporting Member

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    So now even Pete Townshend isn't an exceptional guitarist?
     
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    I would have to agree with this... He writes great tunes, but I don't consider him an astounding guitar player. The dude could probably play circles around me but I don't think I've ever heard anything in The Who's discography that really alludes to that.
     
  10. Pietro

    Pietro 2-Voice Guitar Junkie and All-Around Awesome Guy

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    Seriously? Townshend pretty much invented a lot of the things I take for granted...

    total genius.
     
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    A-Bone Montonero, MOY, Multitudes Gold Supporting Member

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    Amen.
     
  12. Billion81

    Billion81 It'd be a whole lot cooler if you did. Gold Supporting Member

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    Yes. That's what they're saying....and they're right.
     
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    Two words. Hughie Thomasson.

    Dude was unique in both. Two notes of his playing and two notes of his singing and I knew it was him. Left side is Hughie, right is Billy Jones, heck in my book both qualify.


     
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    Trebor Renkluaf I was hit by a parked car, what's your excuse? Silver Supporting Member

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    Withing the context of the OP's post, we're talking musicianship, just discussing the merits of their playing. Just because someone is an icon and has created an impressive body of work, doesn't necessarily mean they are a great 'guitar' player.

    By that yardstick we might as well throw Neil Young, Willie Nelson, Billie Joe Armstrong, Steve Jones, Bob Dylan, and a host of other icons on the list. I think though, that it gets away from the intent of the OP
     
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    Hard to believe that Prince wasn't mentioned until page 15.
     
  17. A-Bone

    A-Bone Montonero, MOY, Multitudes Gold Supporting Member

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    Not really.

    I guess we all have different yardsticks for musicianship, technique, and the like. Townshend certainly isn't the sort of player to typically tear off extended solos showcasing his chops and depth of fretboard mastery, but he strikes me as pretty off the charts in terms of musicianship, and I guess I don't accept the notion that fretboard gymnastics are the sole measure of exceptional guitarists.
     
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    I did list Billie Joe Armstrong on a previous post. Art is subjective and personal, so no one is right and no one is wrong. Eddie Van Halen has been quoted numerous times as saying that Armstrong is his favorite guitar player. BJA CAN REALLY PLAY THE GUITAR. And he's certainly a singer, although some will no doubt knock his singing.
     
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    I would be happy to be proven wrong. Please post a clip or video of BJ doing something other than strumming or uber simplistic soloing.

    This is the kid of stuff I'm finding, and certainly wouldn't qualify as great, although its obvious Billie isn't a hack.



     
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    Damon Johnson is pretty talented as a singer and a player. I loved his work with Brother Cane.
     

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