Once again please explain to me how you measure if a famous 'guitarest' solos with 'Soul' or not?

pcutt

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When you're listening to the recording and you think they should have done another take, "this time with feeling," you know it lacks soul.
 
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TL;DR

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It’s actually a mathematical equation. Speed in beats per minute divided by the number of boomer bends per measure.
The lower the final number, the more soul the solo has. Most experts agree that any solo that comes in above 47 in the aforementioned formula does not have soul, unless the guitarist uses a massive amount of vibrato, or makes really cool faces
 

mooncobra

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Soul or feel, listen to:

Jimmy page (SO MUCH FEEL!)

gilmour

SRV

Hendrix

and then there are guys that are so good at guitar that they can copy or imitate just about anyone, and yet, when these guys play, you don’t experience the same reaction you do to a page or Hendrix. It appears to be the same exact lick, yet it’s sterile and has zero feel. You don’t have that internal reaction of, “whoa my god, this is soooooooo good!!!!!”

I think you either have it or you don’t.
 

BlueRiff

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I shall attempt a math formula to encapsulate the soul in a given piece of music …. here goes … Y <soul output> = GetSoulFunction (Attitude, Production Values, Volume, Artist’s Emotional Intelligence, Artist’s Adversity Experience, Artist’s Feeling Towards Other People, Musical Arrangement). This is a proven system with accuracy to within +/- 3% of soul units. I cannot share the formula because it is proprietary.
 
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Simple -
boomer bends = soul
fast sweep picking = no soul
guitarists with red hair = impossible to have soul
If the notes elicit maximum guitar face = soul

nahhh, just messin around

I guess I’m not sure what constitutes soul or doesn’t. Certain things I hear and see can seem like more feeling it from the soul, but that could be called “in the groove”, or “heartfelt playing”, or several other descriptions also.
 

JosephZ

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Ok here is the answer…

the equation for determining if a solo has soul is:

You take the number of Boomer Bends in the solo and multiply that by how much money the gear you are playing is worth. If you are dressed like your favorite rock star multiply that total by 1.5 & if you are pulsating and/or drooling all over yourself while soloing than multiply that total again by 1.5…

this will give you a rough Soul Score to compare to others… have fun, and remember knowledge is power and with great power comes great responsibility ;)
 

Trevordog

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One drummer/record producer I used to work with in a band seemed to have a criteria for when it was lacking.
He called this guitar player, who just liked to sustain notes and bend them with a lot of vibrato, "NoSOUL"

He''d refer to him in a conversation thusly: "Oh no, man, I don't want to do a gig tomorrow night with NoSOUL!"
"I was talking with NoSoul, and he said etc..."
 

A-Bone

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I think that was the Supreme Court’s opinion on obscenity.

That phrase is from Justice Potter Stewart's concurrence concerning whether or not hard-core pornography is entitled to First Amendment protection in Jacobellis v. Ohio: 'I shall not today attempt further to define the kinds of material I understand to be embraced within that shorthand description ["hard-core pornography"], and perhaps I could never succeed in intelligibly doing so. But I know it when I see it, and the motion picture involved in this case is not that.'

That statement was superseded when the Court decided Miller v. California almost a decade later, which extended the ambit of the First Amendment to include a great deal of hardcore porn.
 

Muddy100

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If a solo makes my fingers move on an invisible fretboard, or makes me bite my inner lip, or makes me want to pick up my guitar...it is soulful to me.
 

Aaron Mayo

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My opinion: it only works as a compliment or a sentiment of gratitude, meaning you’re smelling what they’re cooking feeling the Spirit, etc. if it’s derogatory (his playing has no soul), i am not interested in what the “critic” has to say, since the music doesn’t speak to him or he is closed minded or closed hearted—he’s just not feeling it (and that’s ok, i’m just not interested).
 




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