Living, Dead, Retired..whatever..who do you think is the BEST at his / her craft?
Yellow Ledbelly wrote:
^^ You make a valid point in that Clapton has been fairly boring for some years now, but I am of the opinion that he is still absolutely capable of turning out blistering solos...he just chooses not to
Acoustic : Bert Jansch
heres a tibit of info for all you folks who think Jimi is the man
Jimi Hendrix said Billy Gibbons was the best guitarist he had ever seen.
with all due respect to the OP, this isnt a discussion. Its Jimi. End of story. period. Its Jimi, then everyone else.
It's entirely a discussion. Jimi is important in rock history, but saying he is objectively the best is just not possible.
Most influential in rock? Maybe.
Most creative? You could make a case.
Best? In terms of style, if that's your deal, you could also make a case.
Technically? Not even remotely close.
Sure there is better guitar players out there technically, I dont think anyone is denying that.
But what it comes down to is the emotion instilled by the performance and the music being performed, just the same as Neil Young isnt technically the best singer.
Ah, well, it's time to add someone else to that list ... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MSZBt4VTcUA
I truly don't think technical skill matters. It's what ya do with it!
I disagree. Sure, some shredders have absolutely no feel whatsoever, but there is something to be said for technical prowess. A good shred solo or ridiculous jazz progression will perk my ears up. I can appreciate technical playing for it's own sake. It's not music meant to make you feel something deep. It's showing off, sure, but it can be fun to watch/hear. And some of those guys like Satriani make really listenable/enjoyable music. other guys like Malmsteen might have a lot of cheesy music, but man can they fly across the fretboard. It's not for everyone, but if you appreciate good playing for playing's sake, it's all good.
For example, how can you not get excited by this:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9cadbYIzhqQ
Who honestly gives a shit about technical skill? Joe Satriani may be a great technical guitar player, but when he plays something that actually reaches and touches my soul, I'll give a shit about him.