At a gig: "You sound just like..."

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  1. TheMindful

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    I'm always amazed at the sheer variety of things people hear in our music/my playing. The other night someone asked me "How much Alan Parsons was in that last solo?" The solo was completely improvised and I've never listened to one note of his, I just responded "none!" Another was John Albano, who I'd never heard of but checked him out and he was cool but strictly acoustic (I very rarely ever gig acoustically).

    I've had people bring up names of guys I look up to which is always humbling, but it's quite a strange experience being told you sound just like someone you've never listened to, as if you've studied em for years. I'm sure there were some out there band comparisons that I just can't recall too. Any other experiences like that worth sharing for you guys?
     
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    Be thankful.
    Im usually told i sound like sheet
     
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    Ive been told at least 4 different times I sound like the guitar player in Wishbone Ash-weird
     
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    For years people told me I played like Gilmour, even though I didn't listen to Floyd and had absolutely no idea about his playing. Hard to believe maybe but true. After a while of this I saw him on telly and sure enough, there are similarities but no way on earth would I claim to be anywhere as good. Still, after that one viewing, I began to listen to Floyd - and Gilmour solo - now and again. I count that as a win.

    Band wise, we were compared to all kinds of bands but none that any of us really listened to or cared for. I guess people use what they know as their term of reference, and since we always play our own stuff, it's that much harder to compare, unless it's an outright steal of someone elses' style.
     
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    Andy Powell? Wow! If someone said that to me, I think I'd wet myself in excitement!
     
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    My guitar playing style is a mix of Jimmy Page, Jeff Beck, Jimi Hendrix, SRV and Neil Young. Not sure anyone realizes that ?
     
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  9. NtS

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    Me too. We should start a band.
     
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    I get compared to Clapton a lot. Some think he is great and some think he is over rated. I guess its 50/50 Im getting a compliment.

    Someone compared me to Paul Kossof. I dont know who that is.
     
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    Rock is also not a limitless genre. There are repeated patterns with the same kind of gear. I can easily imagine someone sounding like someone else when they may not even have consciously heard that someone else.
     
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    The Dung Beatles?
     
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    People used to say I sounded like Peter Green before I knew who he was. When I discovered Green I was like "Cool, I'll take it."
     
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    Koss was guitarist for Free, then Back Street Crawler. Had a lot of substance abuse problems and died young. A superb guitarist but - according to various sources - not too hot on rhythm.

    He was the son of David Kossoff, a well known actor, writer and performer.
     
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    I usually get Betts if using an LP, Garcia if on the Firebird. I want to hear I sound like Martino.

    All three comparisons are pretty hilarious. :rotflmao:roll
     
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    I was thinking “sh!t hits the fans”.
     
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    My wife is a big WA fan and she is friends with Powell on FB. He is very friendly and interactive there according to her.
     
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    I used to occasional hear that my playing reminded folks of Brian Setzer, which would lead me to think to myself "If only..." I never played in his style, but I did develop a facility for incorporating jazz chords and pentatonic and blue note fills between them.
     
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    I once got compared to Alvin Lee, Duane Allman and Jeff Beck, all at the same gig. It was three different songs, but still... I was thinking, yeah, I get the Duane Allman, but it was an ABB song, so what did they expect to hear? I have no idea where Alvin Lee or Jeff Beck came from although I can mimic both fairly well. I was wondering if those people could hear OK...
     
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