Ep 28 - The Greatest Guitarists, Then and Now
I cannot even tell you how many hours I have spent arguing over people's "10 greatest guitarist" lists. My adolesence was 50% discovering certain things about my body and 50% arguing about why John Mayer is overrated and no one will ever play a Les Paul better than Jimmy Page did. Was that time well spent? I like to think so! The "fad" behind flashy guitar skills definitely peaked in the 80's. Jimi Hendrix made electric guitar flamboyant and rambunctious, and then the race was on to take the instrument to its absolute extremes. I like to think that Michael Angelo Batio pretty much took the whole "speed" thing to its absolute extreme. Move over Yngwie - your self-indulgence can be outdone! In reality, the "greatest" guitarists are often just the ones who we personally like most. And that's totally fine! The crime that I see committed most often is that people make their personal top 10, and then they hunker down in their keyboard bunker and refuse to even consider updating the list. It's a shame too because there are just so many cool guitarists! Sure, the flashy acrobatics lost their heat when the likes of Mudhoney and Melvins laid the groundwork for grunge, revolutionized the world of rock music, and said "hey, technical proficiency isn't the end-all, be-all" (I'm paraphrasing). But that's the best part: you can like Mudhoney AND Steve Vai! It doesn't have to be an "either / or" situation. In protest of these "top 10" lists, I am going to just make a giant list of guitarists who spring to mind for me. I encourage you to make your own list and share it with me! Shoot me a message on Instagram @joe_h_guitar or @harmonicdriftoh . Or make a post on the Patreon! Alex Scally, Reb Beach, Kevin Shields, Greg Anderson, Reb Beach, Joe Satriani, Jimmy James, Guthrie Govan, Kiko Louriero, Ritchie Blackmore, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Nita Strauss, Joe Pass, Julian Lage, John 5, David Fiuczynski, Elliot Easton, Robert Smith, David Gilmour, Chet Atkins, Django Reinhardt, Randy Rhoads, Jake E. Lee, Brad Gillis, Brent Hinds, Fredrik Akesson, George Harrison, Carl Wilson, Wes Montgomery, Pat Metheny, Steven Drozd... just to name a few! And, of course, you HAVE to see these ridiculous 80's shred videos! https://youtu.be/aGf5NxLQoEo https://youtu.be/d6IRDYRsoxw https://youtu.be/2QOFPADkTlw https://youtu.be/0gKlYvyt-ns patreon.com/Musicians_Take_Note Subscribe for weekly episodes!