David Gilmour- "Comfortably Numb"....wow!

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  1. Blueswede

    Blueswede Gold Supporting Member

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    I would imagine that this has been posted before, but I just saw it. Man, David Gilmour is such a master.......

    http://youtu.be/_cPxKq-gMDo
     
  2. ldizzle

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    I just played the youtube link- my wife pipes up "Husband...havent you heard this a million times? I hear you play it at least 3 times a week!"
    ...I married that woman for a reason. ;)
     
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    What is it about that song and especially the solos that are so absolutely hypnotic? Certainly better technical playing abounds and maybe even better songs but the combination of that progression and those riffs is just mesmerizing. All time classic.
     
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    I saw Pink Floyd do it live a couple of times and they extended the solo on both occasions.
     
  5. todd richman

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    One of the most perfect songs ever recorded. Saw them (sans Waters) 4 times in the late 80's and mid 90's-the Division Bell era tour in 1994 had the most mesmerizing live versions of this with the enormous mirror ball that unfolded behind the soundboard and literally turned the stadium into the inside of a diamond.
     
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    Gotta be on my list of 10 best guitar solos of all time.
     
  7. inanevoyage

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    I just listened to this and then told my girlfriend "I think it's way too early for that song." Then I realized NO. It is just the right time for that song anytime you play it.
     
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    :agree
     
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    Does not get any better
     
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    Just heard it yesterday with 'fresh ears' after starting to play guitar 5 years ago. Yeah it's pretty good. Might be fun to discuss the elements of that song if anyone is interested, there are some things I noticed, maybe others have too.
     
  11. Sigmund Floyd

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    If the song and solo are that good then uh... no- better technical playing doesn't abound. What does that mean anyways??:facepalm Don't mean to be too picky but it's not like Gilmour only did it once, Floyd is loaded with his classy and melodic playing that always seems to fit the song perfectly. Playing the right note at the right time is as technical as it gets.
     
  12. 78deluxe

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    Gilmour is one of the most technically gifted guitarists to ever live.

    His taste, tone, phrasing, touch etc...these all point to his technical mastery.
     
  13. Flogger59

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    It just goes to show that it's much more than a finger wigglin' contest.
     
  14. stratovarius

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    Wish I could bend that well.
     
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    Thank God!

    I don't have a lot finger agility, but I know beautiful tone and phrasing when I hear it. Gilmour has it.
     
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    Meh...

    This (in general) is a classic song and great guitar solo. But, whatever was ground breaking about this version (in the OP) was lost on me. Perhaps I'll go and watch it again...

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  18. inanevoyage

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    I don't think the love is necessarily specific to this AOL session recording, but I'll bite:

    How many guitarists can play a song with his much passion, phrasing, and style...33 years on?
     
  19. Archangelyabbo

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    What he said...
     
  20. aliensporebomb

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    He has a bunch of stuff you could point to: he's got what I'd like to call a "cultured" vibrato. it's not a waggling uvula style vibrato, it's really expertly executed. His bends are very controlled and he's a master of the tension and release paradigm. His tones are usually to die for. And though he's not blazing away with hyperspeed licks those things aren't missed because he's really replicating what an excellent vocalist would do with a melody. The guys who diss him are usually ones who expect more overtly technical playing in their musical diet but Gilmour obviously has a great ear and a touch to match. Real musicality trumps massive technique in this instance IMO.
     

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