Talented guitarists who aren't thought of as talented guitarists?

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  1. ak301

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    And you're right, half asleep from a night shift when I saw the post and my brain misread your post for sowing the seeds of love, thats the album my posts were about
    I didn't realise you were on about song from the big chair.
     
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  2. Johnny Ninefingers

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    I'll start with an anecdote:
    At the turn of the millennium I was sideman for a singer-songwriter called Cressida Johnstone. She supported Joan Armatrading on a short tour of the UK and Eire. Cressy and Joan shared management, but never really met; living in different worlds, as it were. When introduced to Ms Armatrading before the tour kicked off I asked her about the actual opening chords to "Love and Affection", as I could never really get them right from the record. She said to me "All guitarists ask me that" then changed the subject.

    Right through that tour I watched her sets from the wings, reading her hands. She knew, I guess, because each time she played that song she used completely different inversions, just to put off anyone watching. The tour was only for ten or so dates, but even so...

    When I was completely disheartened by this, her guitarist came up to me and said "She wrote that when she was in her early twenties and had only been playing guitar for a decade or so, so the chords on the record are the simplest and most obvious ones. The electric parts and keys tend to confuse issues." Which was a relief to know. And the chords to "Love and Affection" on record are indeed the obvious ones. But Ms Armatrading also knows a whole lot of non-obvious stuff.

    She can really play... really play. And wrote one classic that even now is a contender.
     
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  3. Black Squirrel

    Black Squirrel Silver Supporting Member

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    This guy!! end thread

     
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    A fact obscured by Roland miming Neil's solo in the video for "Everybody Wants to Rule the World."

    Just like Bowie pretending to play SRV's lines (with gloves on!) in the "Let's Dance" video
     
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    Izzy Stradlin
    Vince Gill
    Lil Wayne
     
  7. Highway Man

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    Noel Gallagher always has been and always will be one of my favourite players and one of my most important influences. For someone so sure of himself, it amazes me how he plays down his guitar playing abilities. Great player. I’m into a wide range of stuff btw, from modern rock to hip-hop to complex jazz, so I’m not just a Britpop fanboy who can’t see beyond that.
     
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  8. gkoelling

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    Yep!
     
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  9. gkoelling

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    Nashville session player Guthrie Trapp. Here's an example of what you can hear in a Nashville bar.

    It isn't all country!

     
  10. Jim85IROC

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    John Mayer. We all realize how great of a guitarist he is, but Joe Public thinks he's just a singer of crappy pop songs. He reminds me a lot of Vince Gill in that he's a monster guitarist that most people don't know about.
     
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    never been a fan of his solo works, neither his girlie pop side nor his SRV impersonations.
    But his work with Dead & Co totally won me over, right from the start - sacrilege, but I like that lineup better than any of the original Dead iterations. Mayer's incredible improvisational talent, and slightly more sober intonation are the main reason. :bow
    I would love to hear them write some new songs - Mayer certainly knows the theory of songwriting, collaborating with Weir's taste and experience might bring some wonderful tunes ...
    ymmv,
    Rhino
     
  12. boo radley

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    Why does Vince Gill keep popping up? Who doesn't think he's a monster on guitar, mandolin, and as a singer....?? He's got instrumental Grammy awards all over the place!
     
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    He was, for the drive by truckers!
     
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  15. boo radley

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    I think, this.
     
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    I don't care for country music. But, I like Vince Gill. He has amazing vocals and I like the way he plays guitar.
     
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    Dan Sam, that was sooooooo GOOD
     
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  18. Noah

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    Yeah, my band played with them several times back in the day.
    He's gotten 100x better since then.
     
  19. RickV

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    G.E. Smith
     
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    James McMurtry.
     
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