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Unsurpassed Master Guitarist Playlist

Discussion in 'Music Forums' started by Mystic, May 18, 2018.

  1. onwardjames

    onwardjames Hoardimus Maximus Subscriber

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    My apologies for not posting an example.

    I been playing 30 years or so. I shot out of the gate, determined to be a "shredder" as I was 15 and it was the '80's. I got a few "stunt guitar" licks under my belt, but when I first heard this guy in 1990, I said, and I quote, "Fuckit." This was an avenue that had reached its end. No point pursuing "fast" any longer.

    This guy took speed to a level that is still unsurpassed. @Mystic, I will take your John McLaughlin (I have that "electric guitarist" album you mention, what a ride!) and raise you Shawn Lane.

    Here he is, crappy audio and a total wankfest at NAMM, but watch as this room of badasses acknowledge that Shawn is on another level.

    The madness begins around 5:25. Paul Gilbert HUMS into his microphonic pickup. NOBODY wanted to follow Shawn.




    When you're done laughing at how ridiculous that was, be prepared to shed a tear. Shawn got bored with 12 tones, so he went to India to learn their 24 tone system.

    Apparently, he did THAT well, too. The two guys in the front smiling and laughing?? Those are Indian music masters themselves, tho I cannot recall their name.

    This was complete improvisation, and simply beautiful.

     

     

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  2. Mystic

    Mystic We're all born mad

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    Shawn Lane, yes, I'm well acquainted with him and yes, he sure can rip and @ a somewhat unbelievable rate. But @ times the geetarist whose chops still amaze me the most might be twenty beats per second all downstroke rhythm geetar technique of one "Johnny Ramone". Geeze, I have experienced enough trouble keeping up w/ The Ramones using up and downstrokes and that guy did it w/ downstrokes exclusively. Also unbelievable, but go to Utoob, catch some "live" Ramones, see johnny in action and it's so: downstrokes exclusively for all of his chord work.
     
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  3. elcoholic

    elcoholic Jet Fuel Genius Subscriber

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    Sure, all the time on my turntable ;)
     
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  4. onwardjames

    onwardjames Hoardimus Maximus Subscriber

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    @Mystic for downstrokes, prime era Hetfield is hard to beat.
     
  5. dosmalo

    dosmalo T-Totaled Subscriber

    I saw Freddie King in 1970 at the Tulsa Fairgrounds Speedway.
    I was 14 and he made me want to be a blues guitarist!
     
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  6. Pio1980

    Pio1980 AK Member Subscriber

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    Lots of good candidates, tho genre and style may not appeal in all cases.
     
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  7. Mystic

    Mystic We're all born mad

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    Check out what I've been listening to for thte last couple of hours and you'll see that I agree (and then some).
     
  8. onwardjames

    onwardjames Hoardimus Maximus Subscriber

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    Is there a way I can I see what you've been listening to? Am I missing something??
     
  9. Mystic

    Mystic We're all born mad

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    In the Music Forums @ AK many of us list what we're currently listning to ,@ the various "Today's X Playlist" threads. I'm sure I listed the Metallica (Seattle, 1989) show I was listening to @ the time of our previoous exchange @ the Today's METAL Playlist thread. (of course this was yesterday -- Saturday -- @ around noon-2pm US Central Time)

    Anyway,back to "downstroke" rhythm players: while I knew that James H. was big on powerful downstrokes @ key points in certain numbers, I wasn't aware that he, like Johnny Ramone, used downstrokes exclusively. I'll have to dial up some Metallica video and have a close(r) watch @ his technique.
     
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  10. onwardjames

    onwardjames Hoardimus Maximus Subscriber

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    @Mystic, James has stated that he simply always did the downstroke thing, but I am uncertain. Some of that stuff would seem physically impossible in ONLY downstrokes. Scott Ian also tries to use all downstrokes when tempo allows.
     
  11. RhythmGJ

    RhythmGJ Pompous Blowhard Know-It-All Video-Posting Bore Subscriber

    Now Playing: King Crimson, "Discipline"


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    When is a guitar not a guitar? More than a guitar?

    In the hands of Adrian Belew (and Robert Fripp of course!)...

    GJ
     

     

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  12. Mystic

    Mystic We're all born mad

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    My reaction exaclty when I read (in multiple sources reports by critics and Ramones bans members) of Johnny R's "downstrokes only" technique. I have examined a lot of Ramones (live) video footage and gotta say I have yet to see one @ which he strummed a chord "up", and @ breakneck speeds @ some Ramones numbers.
     
  13. john111/LZ

    john111/LZ Lunatic Member

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    Alex.....
     
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  14. Mystic

    Mystic We're all born mad

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    Government Mule
    De Oosterpoort - Grote Zaal
    Groningen, Holland
    2 May 2015

    * There's room for Mr Haynes @ this thread
     
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  15. dosmalo

    dosmalo T-Totaled Subscriber

    I'm going to say George Thorogood qualifies.
    The 1st time I saw/heard him I thought he was bad to the bone and this many years later, I still do.
     
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    john111/LZ Lunatic Member

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  18. BlindBoyGrnt

    BlindBoyGrnt Nullius in verba

    I need to ask, was Eddie Hazel up for the down stroke?
     
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  19. BlindBoyGrnt

    BlindBoyGrnt Nullius in verba

    My favourite of his. Check out the MFSL CD if you can, the best-sounding version IMHO.
     
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  20. Mystic

    Mystic We're all born mad

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    Veddy clever.
     
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