Discussion in 'Guitars in General' started by 70' s Tone, Jun 19, 2019.
Richard Alan Nielsen of Cheap Trick.
An incredible talent and still going strong.
I love Rick and Cheap Trick (I have their entire discography and love it all, even later stuff like “Busted”).
Rick’s an awe inspiring player, but when I think of innovative guitar players I think of the following:
*Eddie Van Halen with his finger tapping and trem antics
*Im sure it’s not original, but Keith Richards and his open G tuning with 5 strings.
*there are some great alternate tuned players that push conventional guitar playing: Ani DiFranco, John Rzeznik (Goo Goo Dolls), Chris Carrabba (Dashboard Confessional), Chris Cornell (Soundgarden)...
*Tom Morello (Rage Against the Machine). The way he brought the Whammy into mainstream acceptance and manipulated his controls to emulate "scratching".... I'd call that unique and innovative.
*Adrian Belew - the way he used MIDI to transform the guitar into other instrumentation
*Jimmy Page - using a bow on a guitar? Sure, why not!
I'm sure there's many, many more...
Eric Johnson. He's an incredible guitarist and also a good songwriter.
While I love Cheap Trick, I wouldn't put Rick Neilsen in the "innovative" category. He's an incredible songwriter though.
This thread failed right with the first post.
I'd say Bill Frissell is an innovative guitarist, Nels Cline would be another.
"Innovative" changed to "Talented"
Sheesh, let me think....let me think...Oh, I've got ONE:
Paul Simon ... I'll leave the other several hundred to other people to name.
I'd throw Adrian Belew in with the "innovative guitarists" who have written great songs. There's more, but again...
Brian May. Great guitarist, built his own guitar with innovative features not seen at the time, and a great songwriter. Oh yeah and an astrophysicist.
And quite a devil with the ladies.
Mark Freakin' Knopfler
George (Spike Wilbury) Harrison
Vince Grant Gill
John Fogerty, Neil Young, Keith Richards, David Gilmour, SRV and about a zillion others.
Does it have to have lyrics?? All players don't write lyrics, but do write songs.
Tak Matsumoto.. Dude can play any style. Beast from the East. Has more signature guitars than any other artist, and most have never even heard of him.
Joe F#$king Perry is talented and has written a good song or two...
Always under-rated, Robby Krieger.
He wrote a tune called Light My Fire some might recall.
He wrote some other hit tunes also.
Well that straight ruins this thread. "Innovative" is a much rarer quality than "talented". Sad.
Picking and songwriting are two very different skills, in my opinion.
I always thought that Knopfler is the best example of someone who is an all-time great in both disciplines.
Tom Petty would not have been Tom Petty without Mike’s contributions.