Discussion in 'Playing and Technique' started by PosterBoy, Apr 27, 2008.
In terms of their licks and how they construct their solos and use of scales and techniques
As a jazz player I get more milage these days out of horn players and piano players. It can really help you develop a personal sound and approach when you have to figure out ways to translate things to your instrument. But I have spent studying guitar players over the years:
Earl China Smith
Paul McCartney (one of my favorite guitar players)
Keep in mind I've probably spent more time studying rhythm players than typical lead players. There's lots of records I've spent much time on which I don't even know the name of the player.
I've been going to some sax players as well these days but here's a small list:
Eric Johnson and Allan Holdsworth. Their chords and progressions are just so unique.... it makes me wanna quit playing piano.
I've been studying a bit of Brian May recently. He's very intelligent in his construction of solos in particular. Nothing fancy, just solid note selection.
Eliot Easton. Really no kidding...very tasty!
+1 for sure for the guys listed above, I will also add the following in no particular order.
CC Deville (just making sure you're paying attention...)
There's a lot of people I admire for how they construct solos so in the interest of keeping my post short, I'll end it there...
This is just guitarists
so my influences in rough order
This is what I listen to, lately, I'm not listening to Benson
or Mclaughlin or Eric Johnson or ,,, these days.
The improvs that go on in my head have elements
of these players that I keep coming back to.
Not stealing, that's impossible,
mostly being impressed by the spirit of their
playing and how it trickles down
into my playing.
He did have some awesome solos. Totally singable and they were truly a song within a song.
Currently on my music stand are chords, licks, solos from:
I'm very fascinated by Shawn Lane's use of mixed note groupings in his solos, 4's, 5's and 6's all mixed together, which makes for a very interesting sound when played fast. I can't play it fast, but I'm doing my best! At least it sounds better than running straight scales.
I don't limit myself to guitarists: If I hear a cool lick on a record I'll write down the time in the track & work it out later.
that said, recently I have been working on some Bloomfield runs.
Seems like his stuff is easier to integrate into my own sound as he's raw as hell, but incredibly inspired... I don't want to cop his whole sound, just some of the colors he uses.
lots of players, but probably the one I've spent the most time on is Wes.
Lots of horn players, too: Miles, Cannonball, Rollins, Parker....
Less can be so much more.
Grant Green - ancient god of swing.
Alex Schultz - crown prince of swing.
Junior Watson - arch-duke of swing.
Charlie Baty (Little Charlie) - mad scientist of swing.
One that always inspires my playing every time I listen to him is Steve Morse.
Roine Stolt and Richie Blackmore
Robbie, with the Band.
vai's too hard so I dont bother