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Best guitar player in each technique: what´s your pick?
a fine topic for the first day of 2012: who is the greatest of all times and in which technique
We got a small discussion going because I shared a recording of Deep Purple´s Smoke on the water with Steve Morse as lead guitarist in which he played all the famous guitar riffs in the intro. Deep Purple - Smoke on the Water and Steve Morse Guitar Solo (Live 2005)

That led to +Anton Theunissen sharing the attached recording of Guthrie Govan playing a piece in which he uses and demonstrates all possible guitar playing styles while you see the photos of the masters of each technique.
The accompanying text on YouTube gives a list of the 2005 list of best players as chosen by the UK magazine Guitar Techniques:

Best chord voicings - Eric Johnson
Best use of capo - James Taylor
Best strumming - Pete Townsend
Best use of E-Bow or sustaining device - The Edge
Best vibrato - BB King
Best string bending - David Gilmour
Best finger picking - Mark Knopfler
Best hybrid picking - Albert Lee
Best tapping - Eddie Van Halen
Best palm muting - Al Di Meola
Best sweep picking - Yngwie
Best speed, Best alternate picking, Best string skipping - Paul Gilbert
Best pinched harmonics - Zakk Wylde
Best use of an effect - Tom Morello
Best legato - Satch
Best fretting hand reach, Best use of harmonics - Steve Vai
Best use of slide - Sonny Landreth
Best feel - Jeff Beck
Best timing - John Scofield
Most creative/experimental player, Best use of whammy bar, Overall winner - Jimi.

I would like to know if there are any guitar heroes on G+ and what your pick would be. You don´t need to propose a candidate for each category, if you just want to plug your favorite guitarist of all times fine with me. It has been debated to death but if you accompany your text with a link to a recording we will all have some fun and hopefully learn something.

Maybe +Joe Satriani is willing to chime in: he could actually tell us from experience! And possibly someone can enlighten us on the different techniques although the attached recording really helps.
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Prince. Without actually knowing anything about guitar playing, he just seems so natural gifted and able to play whatever he wants. Que my guitar gently weeps YouTube link.
 
Best overall tone - Joe Bonamassa. The man can play anything. Just my 2C.....
 
I think +Joe Satriani might confirm that the all-star legend on guitar is undoubtedly the late great Shawn Lane... After all, he has seen him in action at least once: Lane, Gilbert, Timmons, Beach, Skolnick - NAMM Jam (15th Jan 1993) *Full version*


For those who don't know Shawn...

Shawn as a kid:
Shawn Lane Guitar Solo at age 16 (Center Stage Arena - 1979)

Shawn on a regular guitar:
Shawn Lane on a white strat

Shawn was fast:
Shawn Lane - Madness at MIT in 93

Shawn had great tone:
Shawn Lane "Death Theme"

Shawn knew the Classics:
Shawn Lane & The Willy's - All Along the Watchtower (1986)

Shawn did more than just Rock:
Hellborg Lane - Paris DVD Clip

Shawn did much more than just Rock:
Shawn Lane - Savitri

Shawn did even more than just guitar:
Shawn Lane - Piano performance. Delta State University

Besides all this.. he was the most intelligent man I ever came across... Still miss him, not just for his playing...
 
Tom Morello who makes guitar sounds like a synthesizer.
 
Frank Zappa is left out a lot. That man was genius. Prince can play. Also a tortured genius. Ummm. Chet Atkins.
 
+Paige Keaton Frank Zappa might be left out too much because many people see him as the artist and composer first instead of the (truly great) guitarist....
 
How about John McLaughlin? Extremely versatile, very fast and I happen to be a great fan of almost all his work. Shouldn´t he be considered as a master of versatility.
Great acoustic work with di Meola and Paco de Lucía,
Mahavishnu Orchestra, the Shakti indian style band, his early career with Miles Davis, etc.
 
+Paige Keaton If you're going to nominate Chet Atkins, let's not forget Les Paul. (Who was still doing weekly club dates in NYC in his 90's up until his death. One of the folks who defined electric guitar.)
 
John McLaughlin is great too... but you're talking about versatility... I never heard him do a country song... nor did I hear him play a simple pop-song...

So if you are talking about versatility, he's not the first one to pop into my mind... neither other real great players like Stevie Ray Vaughn, Andy McKee, Paco de Lucia...

:-)
 
+Andre Speek just listened to the Madness at Mit of Shawn and I thought McLaughlin was fast. My god, it sounds like a different instrument this way. I have heard Zappa live giving a great guitar solo, but indeed first and foremost a composer and director. I can´t recall the solo as it will have been in the middle to late seventies. Is there one specific piece where he excels as a guitar player?
 
Yeah right... From a Jason Becker docmentary... ;-)

Then there is this one from Paul Gilbert talking about Shawn: Paul Gilbert talks about Shawn Lane Paul shows the Pentatonic riffs as shown by Shawn here: Shawn Lane - Pentatonic Lesson Part 1 of 2 Do note the difference... ;-)

Paul played with Shawn as well on the NAMM 1993: Shawn Lane & Paul Gilbert - Let it be (NAMM - 15th Jan 1993) (Audio) Again, do note the difference... Also, talking about versatile.. yes, that's a Beatles cover... :-)

One guitar player that was an inspiration to Shawn in his later years... +Buckethead : Buckethead Solo (awesome)


Regarding Zappa: Frank Zappa - Easy Meat guitar solo - 1980



And whatever.. Guitars SUCK :-D
 
Best Riff Writer - Jimmy Page
Best Guitar Tone - Stevie Ray Vaughan
Best Blues/Rock Stylist - Gary Moore
 
Listened to Namm 1993. Fantastic +Andre Speek. Good topic to introduce people to great guitarists this way.
Any opinions on the long list in the OP regarding techniques or is Shawn just your overall winner :)
 
Ah +Chris Putt I didn´t dare to mention Jimmy Page in this list of the greatest, but I have seen him live as well in Amsterdam, again in the early seventies as a kid.
 
And a year later I heard Ritchie Blackmore play live with the real Deep Purple in a concert which became a riot. The story is pictured here while listening to Ritchie Deep Purple Veldslag in de Oude RAI 1973
A bit frightening it was, but a lasting impression of Jesus and his band :)
 
+Max Huijgen you have been to a lot of shows. I seen my share. Pink Floyd I am very proud to say. Rush. Joe Cocker. Robert Plant and more...
 
I can live without seeing Pink Floyd live but Rush and certainly Joe Cocker would have been great to hear.
 
´Hmm, I thought that 90% of the world population was hooked to guitar hero ;) More photographers than musicians on G+?
 
If this gets some success I see no reason not to +Ed Fitsch Let´s first see how much input this topic will get.
 
+Paige Keaton Chet is a great pick, but there was a young kid that played with him at times, Mark O'Connor, who always blew Chet's mind, and Guitar is not Mark's main instrument, he's really a much better violin player -- here's a video of them playing together Mark O'Connor and Chet Atkins - "Pickin' in the Wind"

Here's something that's pretty rare on guitar, Scottish Fiddle music (Cape Breton Fiddle music actually, but they're very closely related,) performed by Dave MacIsaac ... Scottish Fiddle music is very staccato with lots of trills and triplets thrown in at what is normally odd places and is very hard to play on guitar Dave MacIsaac

Recording quality on both is pretty crappy. They were recorded years ago.

Bonus weirdness, nothing to do with guitar, a mix of jazz banjo (Bela Fleck and the Flecktones) west coast fusion, and Mongolian Tuvan Throat singing (signing 3 tones at the same time.) Victor Wooten - A Moment So Close by Bela Fleck and the Flecktones

BTW, The bassist for The Flecktones, Victor Wooten, would make a good addition to the Bassist club VICTOR WOOTEN
 
You had me there +Niraj Chaubal I had no idea what you meant until I actually watched the video. To quote one of the comments there Girls must love him (if u catch my drift)
 
If it´s not needed please don´t mix languages in one thread +Ed Fitsch Some people will have the excellent G+ Chrome extension Translate installed but most don´t.
 
+Ed Fitsch Rotterdammert Michel van Schie should be at least in the top 5 of most versatile Bass Players in the world... Together with Hans Eijkenaar even as most versatile rhythm section maybe... :-)
 
We seem to be drifting away from the lead guitar player ;)
But as Jaco Pastorius used to play with my fav guitarist McLaughlin I tend to agree :)
 
+Ed Fitsch Nope... and not without a reason... he's a great player... and I absolutely love his sound with the Hook amps... Hook R-20 Combo, Leendert Haaksma

But all in all, in my humble opinion, he's not in the league of guys like Eef Alberts, Jan Akkerman, Peter Tiehuys and such...

Don't get me wrong... Leendert is definitely a very fine player, but we got to be selective when it comes to the real elite...
;-)
 
+Max Huijgen Shouldn't we be ashamed we didn't mention any Godesses yet...? Let me say Jennifer Batten here... :-)
 
We should +Andre Speek I do feel ashamed but I don´t know a single female guitarist by name
 
+Max Huijgen Jennifer Batten was quite well known while she toured with Michael Jackson... Maybe he was jealous about Prince having Wendy Melvoin on guitar...

Anyway... yeah, women on guitar are very rare especially in the Godess league... I remember that with Vigier we had +Ronni Crooks who I still feel is so much underrated... Then there are Lita Ford and Nancy Wilson... but they're more famous because of the bands they played with... not especially for their playing itself...

Not that versatile, but certainly worth mentioning is Ana Popovic... http://www.anapopovic.com

And then there are many singers who play the guitar as well... Melissa Etheridge, Jonatha Brook, Gillian Welch... and of course G+ hero +Daria Musk... but I don't think they will get (too) mad at me when I say that although I consider them to be great artists, that nominating them for the Godesses-on-Guitar league is maybe a different ballgame..

:-)

So, what about the none-electric players? Andy McKee on Acoustic... Jerry Donahue on slide... Michael Hedges on the lots-and-lots-of-many-strings...Stanley Jordan on multiple guitars..?
 
+Andre Speek Wow blushhh! Thanks for the mention in your Goddess-on-Guitar list! I agree Andy McKee is a GOD! Just gorgeous! I gotta shout out my biggest guitar influences and heros:
Andy Summers (The Police): his use of upper-structure chords, 9ths and beautiful voicings totally helped shape how I play and write. (I wore out an old "Hot Licks" VHS instructional video I found in my parents basement when I was 17!).
Dave Matthews: His muting / picking and rhythmic / african-influenced style... He was my big hero growing up. :-)
The Edge: Because he writes and plays lines that are so deceptively simply and simply awesome... They took the "scary" out of writing lead lines and rock riffs for a girl who loves melody but knew shredding wasn't exactly in the cards. ;-)
 
Strange indeed that the electric guitar is so male dominated. There is nothing inherently man like about it. But I guess the same is true for many instruments. Man are more likely to focus to the extreme on perfection, ignoring the rest of their life.
If we were talking about the 10 best pianists it would also be a male list.
 
+Daria Musk thanks for your list. Any specific youtubes which highlight these guitar players at their best?
 
Hey, Friday evening and we almost forgot this topic! Weekend is here so hit me with your recommendations for best guitar player and techniques.
 
Seems it's time to evaluate. I would've liked a differentiation between "best" and "technical". For me it's only interesting where technique meets taste. Speed is boring when the musical ideas can't keep up. And what's "best"? I can't define. A few names I missed in this topic: Bonnie Raitt (to compensate for the lack of female players here), Tommy Emmanuel, Matt Schofield, Guthrie Govan (currently an ideal candidate for "best"), Larry Carlton, Django, Robben Ford, Steve Marriott, Lee Ritenour, Cornell Dupree, Albert Collins, Jimi Hendrix, and the list goes on... Each one has moments that I can get emotional about. Maybe restrict the list to best still performing guitarist? Or the most technical player? I'm a fan of e.g. Andy Summers, but mentioning him in a top10 of best guitar players... I was relieved to see that nobody raved about Robert Cray, Santana, Clapton and so on (although Knopfler was mentioned). Loved to see Eef Albers mentioned, missed Wim Overgaauw. 
 
Oh and so many more: Wayne Krantz, Alvin Lee, Michael Landau, George Benson... (let's disqualify musicians like Ry Cooder, Keith Richards, James Taylor, Keb Mo as simply not fast enough)
 
If combining two side topics is allowed: my favourite female bass player is easy - Tal Wilkenfeld.
 
+Anton Theunissen Many good names there... though I must disagree on many of them on being versatile... Don't get me wrong, someone like Bonnie Raitt is a tremendously great player and deserves great respect... but hey, never heard her do some funky pickin, nor a heavy metal screamer or a flamenco bit...

And yes, Eef Albers should be mentioned... I remember visiting him at his home to let him try some of the guitars we distributed... Seeing someone that talented up close is something I'll never forget...

True, Wim Overgaauw should be mentioned too... maybe in his honor we should name the great Jesse van Ruller as his worthy successor..?

And talking about great guitaresses... I mentioned Ronni Crooks here as being so very talented and so much underrated... the next day I got a message from het partner that she passed away new years eve after a gig...

Let her name be mentioned here once again amongst other great players because she definitely deserved to be in that league...

https://plus.google.com/112453007571345405216/posts/XzggLRMVHxN

Peace...
 
Was Knofler mentioned, if so by who? I have a delete comment button at the ready here ;)
 
Well... let's stay away from his playing... but he did inspire many people to pick up the guitar... got to give him credits for that... ;-)
 
Too many Eagles at the campfire to be thankful that Mark got people into playing guitar +Andre Speek :)
 
+Max Huijgen I checked, but Knopfler was indeed only mentioned in the 2005 list. +Andre Speek Phaedra is an extraordinary talent. And if Knopfler deserves a place on the list for inspiring many guitarists, Suzi Quattro should get credits for at least Tal and Phaedra ;-)
 
+Andre Speek I wasn't aware that versatility is a criterium. However this makes the answer easy. The most versatile currently performing guitarists(s) are Acoustic: Tommy Emmanuel, Electric: Guthrie Govan if you emphasize technique and Larry Carlton if you prioritize feel. Although I prefer listening to LC, I'd vote for GG.
 
+Anton Theunissen Well, let's create enough categories so everyone who deserves to be mentioned can be a winner in his/her own category... For example I'm the winner in the category "Best player in his own twisted mind"... Though I expect some competition there from Yngwie Malmsteen...

:-D
 
Well, you asked for it... I hope the links below add something to what you can find yourself.
Versatility requires different styles, techniques line-ups, setting - hard to demonstrate in one or two clips.

Tommy Emmanuel Rocking: Tommy Emmanuel-Guitar Boogie
Tommy Emmanuel Romantic: Tommy Emmanuel - Somewhere Over the Rainbow
Tommy Emmanuel talking intelligently (is that versatile or what?): Tommy Emmanuel: Tears In Heaven
More of him: http://www.youtube.com/artist?a=GxdCwVVULXdhxf2ztXOBBX3DMgGKzFb9

Guthrie Govan Blues/Fusion/Heavy Metal: Guthrie Govan playing to Larry Carlton style track
Guthrie Govan Country: Guthrie Govan Country Boy
Guthrie Govan Jazz: Guthrie Govan Ragtime (bassline is not on the same guitar)

Larry Carlton: Undoable. Check the section "Larry Carlton appears on" and read through the next pages. From rock to jazz and everything inbetween. He even plays on a Tommy Emmanuel CD, what a coincidence ;-) http://www.cduniverse.com/sresult.asp?HT_SEARCH=XARTIST&HT_SEARCH_INFO=Larry+Carlton&style=music&page=3
My favourite LC-blues: http://www.mr335.tv/?channel=performances&videofile=mr335/performances/lcbn8&search_query=dark
Yes I'm a blues lover. Click this only if you have the time, it's slow and builds up: Larry Carlton - The B.P. Blues (live from Last Nite album)
 
+Andre Speek Saw your post too late. I think you'll lose however, Yngwie is no doubt an even better player in his own twisted mind.
 
+Anton Theunissen Well... must agree to that... and he already won in the categories "Biggest Bloated Ego" and "Least Modest" ... :-/
 
And let´s invite +tara logan here as well as she is sharing lots of guitar videos and is a guitar player herself.
 
After you rickpicked me, I just edited my comment above you :)
 
I can consent with the most epic guitar solos as in the most influential, well-known, characteristic guitar solos in the list from "Ultimate Guitar". http://www.ultimate-guitar.com/news/online_downloads/top_20_greatest_guitar_solos_ever_videos.html Still, my favourie players are not in there. All solos are now doable for intermediate/advanced amateur players (more or less). Maybe some of the legendarry payers can be called 'versatile' , but most are not virtuosos at all. My friends, debating about versatlity, quality and technique, the conclusion is: we are not about music, we are guitar nerds. 
 
The real page with the videos is http://cityrag.com/2007/01/100_greatest_gu/ +Anton Theunissen.
As a non guitar player I only care about the emotion a guitar (solo) can evoke. I can´t even judge how hard it is to imitate it, but from singing I know that many unknown vocalists are actually better doing the original song. At least in a technical sense of the word and maybe even from a musical point of view.
Does it interest me? No, Janis Joplin´s ´Mercedes´ is raw emotion which touched me. All good music does this and how difficult it´s to actually perform it is irrelevant for the listener.
Having said I enjoy the discussions and get to hear ánd see a lot of music video´s I didn´t even know existed. We used to have strange black round objects which you had to scratch yourself with a diamond to hear them. The more you listened to them the more the sound detoriated and over time most of the high notes were gone. As for technical reasons you got only still images on these so called records some my old favorites I have never seen perform.
So keep on nitpicking ;)
 
how 'bout jimi page, he's got excellent feel, slash for bending, alternate picking I'll go for michael angelo batio, string skipping: paul gilbert.....don't forget 'bout johnny winter n SRV
 
You mention an interesting 'technique' category: 'feel'. I would put Matt Schofield on 1 for 'feel' and for 'timing' - but that's purely a personal thing, as he resonates with my vibes (or vice versa, I don't know). In fact 'timing' would be a good one to discuss: should it be spot on, lazy, latency-like, irregular, and when can we call it sloppy?
 
Is timing not completely dependent on the music style +Anton Theunissen? Where soul thrives on lazy, tension building timing, jazz needs spot on timing. Correct?
 
'Timing' is an endless subject and I don't really feel the urge to fill G= with thoughts about it, but keep in mind that, just like 'feel,' it's not a guitar technique at all - which is what this post was all about. I'd prefer to keep the topic clean. Before you know it people will argue that Jimi has better lyrics dan Stevie Ray. And btw it's Jimi Hendrix and Jimmy Page - before the Jimmy Page-fans feel offended.
 
Sorry Max, I came much to late for this share.
I missed a great discussion.
But I have to add some names, that I missed:
Jan Akkermann, Joe Bonamassa, Carlos Santana, Ry Cooder, Johnny Guitar Watson
Some other important player´s, like FZ, Joe Satriani ..., will be named in the discussion.
 
Jan Akkerman - famous in the Netherland -, did we really forget to mention Santanta and and Watson ...
 
Jan was also famous in germany and england. Focus was a great band. but in a time there was very much very good bands. So, they swam in the ocean. I searched for Carlos and JGW, but I don´t found them.
Be that as it may, I´ll thank you for this share. I found some other guy´s who interessted in guitar music.
Take a look to the community "Music is my life" (https://plus.google.com/communities/111488169120448991341) perhaps you find some interessting people or an audiance.
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