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    What guitarist would you most like to emulate?

    I know there are many great guitarists out there. The usual come to mind like Clapton, Santana, Page, Beck. For me, I just can't stop listening to Pat Metheny. I just picked up his two disc Orchestration CD and I am just blown away by his creativeness. I saw him do this show last year at CW Post in Long Island. If you have never seen what he does do yourself a favor and check it out on youtube. In essence, he controls a whole load of external sounds from various instruments, percussion, etc. through his guitar. He also has a DVD out. I wish I could play one chord as well as he does.

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    Easy - The Rev. Willie G.

    Just love his tone and feel.

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    I'm gonna have to go with Slash on this one
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    I would have to pick Guthrie Govan. To be so well versed in so many different styles is just amazing.

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    I get to be the first one to invoke the name David Gilmour. Cool!
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    Quote Originally Posted by AP515 View Post
    I get to be the first one to invoke the name David Gilmour. Cool!
    I,ll second that. Guthrie is my second choice

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    Yeah Govan is definitely genius level....along with Steve Howe!
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    Today it's Tosin Abasi from Animals As Leaders. PRS needs to make this guy an 8.

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    Monotonic as I am, I'd like to be like Michael Akerfeldt. Not just with the guitar sound and the playing skill, but also his vocal skills (including growling) and composition / arrangement creativity... man, am I a fanboy

    Quote Originally Posted by jfb View Post
    Today it's Tosin Abasi from Animals As Leaders. PRS needs to make this guy an 8.

    Whoa whoa whoa, I've almost got another virtual heart attack! I agree with every single word you said. Few months ago I even started a thread about PRS 8 (pretty much being inspired by Tosin)... almost nobody cared though
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    Quote Originally Posted by sergiodeblanc View Post
    I tried to like other thing's by him but he always has that bend-up from-a-weird note thing going on but whatever, his solo's on R.I.P. are the most intelligent, melodic, and singable in the golden period of thrash music.

    I bought his "Melodic Control" VHS (!!!!) tape when I was in my teens for like $65!!! Remember those "Star Lick's" video tapes?! Learning is so free now!
    I think his power might come from his super uncomfortable looking pick hand technique. I should hunt those videos up and give them a go. Marty was godlike in those days. Regarding learning being free now days...you are absolutely right. I recently watched a video with Greg Koch where he said there's no excuse to suck anymore due to all of the (legally) free content available to a person. I should stop sucking. Haha.

    Quote Originally Posted by Albrecht Smuten View Post
    Monotonic as I am, I'd like to be like Michael Akerfeldt. Not just with the guitar sound and the playing skill, but also his vocal skills (including growling) and composition / arrangement creativity... man, am I a fanboy

    Whoa whoa whoa, I've almost got another virtual heart attack! I agree with every single word you said. Few months ago I even started a thread about PRS 8 (pretty much being inspired by Tosin)... almost nobody cared though
    Quote Originally Posted by Albrecht Smuten View Post
    Monotonic as I am, I'd like to be like Michael Akerfeldt. Not just with the guitar sound and the playing skill, but also his vocal skills (including growling) and composition / arrangement creativity... man, am I a fanboy

    Whoa whoa whoa, I've almost got another virtual heart attack! I agree with every single word you said. Few months ago I even started a thread about PRS 8 (pretty much being inspired by Tosin)... almost nobody cared though
    His singing, both clean and growling, is top notch. Bloodbath, Opeth, Storm Corrosion...all in heavy rotation around my place.

    Tosin is a monster. Their first show was actually in STL. Their next time through they claimed to be filming a live DVD. I need to look and see if it ever got released. I was at both shows. I will be seeing them again here in STL on Saturday. Meshuggah headlining.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jfb View Post
    His singing, both clean and growling, is top notch. Bloodbath, Opeth, Storm Corrosion...all in heavy rotation around my place.

    Tosin is a monster. Their first show was actually in STL. Their next time through they claimed to be filming a live DVD. I need to look and see if it ever got released. I was at both shows. I will be seeing them again here in STL on Saturday. Meshuggah headlining.
    Bloodbath... I still don't understand why Michael doesn't play guitar and why Jonas doesn't sing there. Now THAT would be "supergroup"
    Lucky you! I hope they'll come around here one day. This year, I'll have to make do with Brutal Assault festival, with Opeth, Meshuggah, Ihsahn and Leprous
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    Quote Originally Posted by Albrecht Smuten View Post
    Bloodbath... I still don't understand why Michael doesn't play guitar and why Jonas doesn't sing there. Now THAT would be "supergroup"
    Lucky you! I hope they'll come around here one day. This year, I'll have to make do with Brutal Assault festival, with Opeth, Meshuggah, Ihsahn and Leprous
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    Quote Originally Posted by sergiodeblanc View Post
    He was untouchable on "Rust in Peace".


    Quote Originally Posted by jfb View Post
    Agreed, Marty dominated that album. It still gets plenty of play time from me.

    Quote Originally Posted by sergiodeblanc View Post
    I tried to like other thing's by him but he always has that bend-up from-a-weird note thing going on but whatever, his solo's on R.I.P. are the most intelligent, melodic, and singable in the golden period of thrash music.


    I bought his "Melodic Control" VHS (!!!!) tape when I was in my teens for like $65!!! Remember those "Star Lick's" video tapes?! Learning is so free now!


    Quote Originally Posted by jfb View Post
    I think his power might come from his super uncomfortable looking pick hand technique. I should hunt those videos up and give them a go. Marty was godlike in those days. Regarding learning being free now days...you are absolutely right. I recently watched a video with Greg Koch where he said there's no excuse to suck anymore due to all of the (legally) free content available to a person. I should stop sucking.
    The day I put Rust In Peace in my listening rotation, it has never left. His solos on that album still give me goosebumps when I hear them. Particularly, the one from Lucretia is just astounding. His picking technique is weird as hell, but I agree with Jfb as I think it attributes to his overall unique style.

    I miss the days of Mustaine and Friedman. They worked so well together. At least Broderick does justice to Marty's solos. Although, Broderick may be more technically proficient I feel Marty is the better writer in terms of leads.

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    Quote Originally Posted by frankb56 View Post
    I know there are many great guitarists out there. The usual come to mind like Clapton, Santana, Page, Beck. For me, I just can't stop listening to Pat Metheny. I just picked up his two disc Orchestration CD and I am just blown away by his creativeness. I saw him do this show last year at CW Post in Long Island. If you have never seen what he does do yourself a favor and check it out on youtube. In essence, he controls a whole load of external sounds from various instruments, percussion, etc. through his guitar. He also has a DVD out. I wish I could play one chord as well as he does.

    Yeah! Metheny rules, man...

    Another one that got me out of the rock sphere and broaden my views on guitar playing was Joe Pass... He made me buy my first jazzbox some 20 yrs ago.

    And or course, we can't forget Django...

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    How about Al DiMeola? DiMeola is like the Stevie Vai of Jazz. And speaking of Vai, .....How can I forget Joe Satriani!
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    Quote Originally Posted by frankb56 View Post
    How about Al DiMeola?
    +1, if I had Al D's chops, I'd be a happy man. Jazz, rock, Flamenco, shred etc that dude can do it all!

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    Gary Moore. I love VH but Moore's playing I wish I could cop.

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    I don't like playing anyone else's licks or material, but there are guitarists whose creativity and melodic sense I find really inspiring:

    I'll be another one to say that David Gilmour is an inspiration. He's melodic, his work simply flows, and it's uniquely suited to his songs.

    For textures, I love The Edge. I won't go as far as to say he's invented a whole style of playing, but he's certainly refined it in a good way.

    As for trad blues playing, I really still dig Clapton.

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    I would like to steal some licks from Frank Marino, Gary Moore & EVH to start with
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    Honestly, I don't ever think of trying to sound like anybody else; I just want to get closer to the sounds and tones I hear in my heart and mind. There are a number of players that I really enjoy listening to, but I never think to myself 'I wish I could sound like that.'

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