Does anyone else realize how bad guitar music has become?

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  1. Vic Interceptor

    Vic Interceptor Member

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    In my lifetime, electric guitar dominated all forms of listenable music, and then it just ate itself. At some point the innovation and creative writing ceased and everybody seems to have gotten caught up in the sound they can make with pickups-pedals-amps and quit actually trying to make music.

    And post let's say 1997ish music has just become such a corporate formulated McMusic that it's uninspiring and unlistenable.

    So now I'm seeing a lot of interest in of all things, surf. Why or how is this? Simple - people are having to go back in time to find listenable, inspiring music.

    The masses have already digested all the classic and southern rock they can, and blues... well, they've consumed blues 100 times over and will continue to. Country, it doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out the same heroes from the 60s are still the heroes of today plus a scant few others that have been added over the years.. but Don Rich/James Burton are still just as focused on as the 3 Kings or Clapton.

    So now it's surf. A genre forgotten and ignored for decades save for a minute in 1994 thanks to Tarantino. And now I see the blooz dads getting into surf because they finally accepted they will never be SRV I suppose.

    Not sure what my point is, just thinking outloud about the motives and thought process of people who don't actually feel music, but have the urge to play with a guitar, not play guitar.
     
  2. Surgeon

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    There is plenty of good, new guitar music around. The problem is you're most likely looking for it on the charts.
     
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    This. There is plenty of good guitar music out there, you just have to know where to look.
     
  5. Surgeon

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    Yup, it's actually everywhere (there are tons of genres, including the ones I don't like) where there's new exciting stuff happening. However, for the most part, pop-music has move away from guitar-based instrumentation, which is fine by me.
    We've never had such easy access to music. If you can't find anything at least "new to you" that you like, it's definitely your own fault.
     
  6. johnsav

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    Metal has taken guitar playing to crazy new heights (and guttural new lows).
    There are guitar prodigies like Julian Lage and Guthrie Govan developing new forms of expression.
    Just because nobody is recreating what you think is good "listenable" rock doesn't mean guitar music has stopped evolving.
     
  7. 27sauce

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    I think you might be a little to close to the fire.
    Step back, take some time off for a bit. Sit some plays out.
     
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  10. derekd

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    Generationally biased thread is generationally biased.
     
  11. MBreinin

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    "You will never hear Surf Music again."

    Jimi Hendrix, 1967.
     
  12. lp_bruce

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    First thing that came to mind...

     
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  13. Astronaut FX

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    Generationally biased threads were so much better when we were younger.
     
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    Yeah, except the oldsters then were telling us how bad our music sucked.
     
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    Guitar riff based Rock was the industry's cash cow for 4 to 5 decades and now it's not.
     
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    at least "bloozdads" are enjoying playing the guitar and supporting the industry. What is wrong with that?
     
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  17. Stinky Kitty

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    If you're not finding quality guitar music out there then man, I feel sorry for you because I'm finding it daily.
     
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  18. Astronaut FX

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    Let's apply some math to this age old argument.

    Hendrix was at his height in let's say 1967. That was 53 years ago. So expecting the young musicians of 2020 to still sound like the young musicians of 1967 is mathematically equivalent to, in 1967, suggesting that Hendrix should have been making music that sounded like 1914 Irving Berlin (look him up).

    I very much suspect that in 1967, there were some old crab asses walking around complaining about Hendrix's music, and lamenting the decline in popularity of Irving Berlin's music. If you're nodding your head, and you remember this happening, congratulations, you've lived long enough to become the old crab ass.
     
  19. USMarine75

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    The best guitarist I've ever heard is from now...



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  20. Misterbulbous

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    I can’t keep up with it. In fact, it’s kinda making me depressed. There is SO MUCH music out there right now and some of these younger people like Yvette Young, Plini, Lisa X, etc., are approaching the guitar as if they never went through the typical process of learning Black Sabbath and Led Zeppelin riffs and pentatonic scales. They are way beyond me.
     

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